How to stay on track while working from home

You can get a lot done, but it’s crucial to keep your balance. Here’s how you can preserve some of your sanity.

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“We’re all in this together.”

We’ve been hearing that a lot lately, from companies, government officials and each other. And that’s good, because we really are.

The only thing is that we’re not actually…together. I’ve been working at home since March 4. No airplanes and hotels (which is OK), and no face-to-face with my clients (which is not OK).

I’ve been taking notes on this new work/so-called-life balance. Here are a few observations:

1. Time flies.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like time is speeding up. Every morning, I get up at 5, like I always do, drink some coffee, sit at my home office desk and dive in.

I talk with my team. I talk with our clients. I work on content and strategy with them, and have conference calls. I can’t believe how insanely busy I am, despite not going anywhere.

I look up. It’s 4 p.m.! Is this happening to you?

2. You have to take breaks.

I had to learn this. I could crank away all day and never get up. I’ve never been busier, and because we’re all working at home, people answer their phones and emails! So, I take walks with my wife, the glorious Nora Duff. We walk to Lake Michigan. We walk through the park. We walk to the grocery store.

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