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Discussion on: AMA with Holly Firestone

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Holly Firestone Ask Me Anything

I can think of a few things off the top of my head, but I'm sure more will come to me later. :)

  • Dedicated space: Have a dedicated space for work. Even if you're in a small apartment, figure out a specific space you can dedicate to work. That way, at the end of the day, you can walk away from that space as a way to end your work day.
  • A good chair: This is a recommendation I stole from Erica Kuhl- Erica has been working remote for over 7 years, so she knows what's up. Make sure you have a great place to sit because you'll be spending a lot of time in that chair every day. Standing desks are awesome, too, but you won't always be standing, so definitely invest in a great chair.
  • Get dressed: I get dressed for work every day. Even if I'm in comfortable clothes, I change out of my pajamas and at the end of the day, I change out of my "work" clothes. It's part of what helps me mentally start and end my work day.
  • Schedule breaks: You might think you take enough breaks, but I would bet money that you don't. Try to schedule breaks in your day, and try to be consistent with them. Make them part of your routine.
  • Get a dog or cat: Ok, ok, this isn't exactly related, but I'm mentioning it anyway. Yes, pets are a lot of work. Yes, they bark or walk across your desk during your calls. However, there's nothing better than having a fuzzy friend to pet and love on throughout the day. My dogs drive me crazy but also keep me sane. They also MAKE me take breaks because I have to walk them/take them out throughout the day. Million other reasons to get or not get a pet, but they are a lovely part of my WFH day, so worth a mention!

Of course I find myself checking on my community after the work day is over, but that has nothing to do with being remote. I'd probably do that anyway. You have to be careful around that though. It can creep up on you! I have a history of being really terrible with work/life balance, but this year has changed everything for me.

I wrote about my work/life balance experience here:

Like I said, I'm sure I'll think of other recommendations, but hopefully this is a good start!