The COVID-19 Work From Home Guide

The number of ‘WFH how-to’ guides has surged, yet most of them are written for clicks, not impact. They link through to dozens of other articles meaning that getting substantial advice requires opening 10+ tabs on your computer and further distracting yourself from the important work you need to get done.

This guide is taking a different approach. We have read through all those wordy and clickbait-y articles and combined the best resources, tips, tricks, and practices to successfully work from home in one place. We’ll continue updating this guide as we collect additional resources, tips, tricks, and best practices. Know one we should add? Reply in the comments or email us at yourfriends@thelighthouse.us

This guide now includes:

  • Remote Work: The Good & Bad
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Remote Work: The Good & Bad

The upside:

The downside:

  • Less work/life balance & more stress: “Remote workers report higher degrees of stress, as they seek to balance personal and professional needs.”

The neutral:

The Best Practices:

  • Stick to your morning routine: Shower, get dressed (in real clothes), put on shoes, brush your hair. If you can, go for a walk around the block to wake yourself up and to simulate your morning commute. This will tell your body and mind that you’re now in ‘work mode’.

Structure your day:

  • See an example from Hannah Bronfman.

The Best Resources

  • Accountability clubs: Caveday, Slash, Work Club help you battle loneliness and stay productive by facilitating group working sessions — in person and remote!

For effective WFH:

For the online meetings:

  • Check out this General Assembly Webinar on Maximizing Productivity of Remote Teams for leading powerful remote meetings, maintain productivity, and more.

For the leaders managing teams from afar:

  • Spend more time with your team on prioritization

Health: For those looking to stay healthy

  • Keep exercising your body: For virtual workouts, including outdoor running, HIIT, yoga, pilates, and more, check out this community-led online calendar and this one led by Holistically. Additionally, check out Youtube (starting at $0), Classpass (starting at $0), Downdog (free till April 1st, then $19.99/year), Peloton (free for 90 days, then $12.99/month), Beachbody ($14.99/month), Glo (9 free classes for yoga and meditation), CorePower On Demand and Live Yoga(free), Wellbeats (free until April 30th), PVolve (free for 30 days), and this community-led Fairygodboss thread. Check out your local studio as many in-person studios are now offering virtual classes as well.

Working Parents — For those working at home with little ones

  • Get all the latest school closure information for free here.

Your goal for the next few weeks is to successfully fulfill the essential requirements of your job while caring for your family physically and mentally.

While only meeting the minimum required at work has a negative connotation, in this case, that strategy may be your only shot at finding a sustainable balance to get through the next few weeks. Now is not the time to waste energy on initiatives that are no longer as important as they were previously or projects with changing deadlines.

There’s a good chance some new mitigating circumstance may have changed the priorities of your work. Be sure to follow up with your team and get explicit feedback on when things are due so you aren’t overextending yourself in order to meet a timeline that is outdated.

The same applies if you routinely ask your colleagues for support. Be thoughtful about what you actually need versus what you want and set clear deadlines. Consider things you requested previously. Are they still necessary?

Source: Forbes

Career Growth — For the ambitious who still want to grow:

  • Swap your content consumption for constructive learning: There are over 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free, and over 35 Tech Conferences that are now online and/or free. Code Academy’s Learn from Home teaches you coding online for free, check out Duolingo to learn a new language, learn design skills with Adobe Live. Linkedin Learning also has a massive library of online learnings.

The Best All-In-One Guides

  • For a complete guide on company response plans, NYC and federal government resources, member company resources, employer updates and more, check out Tech:NYC here. (They also have a daily newsletter with the updates on the number of cases, policy updates, upcoming events, employer updates, and more. Subscribe to the COVID-19 DIGEST here.)

If You’re Looking for a Job or Have a Job Opening

There are many community initiatives that track new job postings even during the crisis. Check them out below:

  • A multitude of crowdsourced spreadsheets has emerged: find one here and another one here. The latter has an official website coming soon as well.

The Tools

Below we will cover the best tools for video, chat, document sharing & storage, and project management. Our recommendation: invest in the best tools for collaboration to reduce frustration and friction.

Video

Chat

Document sharing & storage

Project management

As mentioned above, we’ll continue updating this guide as we collect additional resources, tips, tricks, and best practices. Know one we should add? Reply in the comments or email us at yourfriends@thelighthouse.us

Stay well!

-thelighthouse team

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