I'm having an easily distracted day, so to at least attempt to be helpful I thought I'd put together some unsolicited advice about remote working for those of you who are new to working from home. I hope I've learned a bit from working at a 100% remote org for 7+ years, but as you'll see below your mileage may vary.
- Give yourself permission to adjust. Remote working is a change without the world being consumed by disease, and if you're juggling childcare, logistics for older relatives, etc there's a lot of stress to go around. It's likely you won't immediately be the picture of productivity. That's okay, and if you manage others in this situation please remember that too.
- Everyone is different. You'll hear a bunch of different suggestions(work in the exact same spot, get dressed for work, etc) and those round to being true for lots of people, but ultimately each person is productive on different terms. Some people need their specific office setup with 17 monitors and a vault door that seals them off to the outside world. Other folks gain energy from bouncing around the house or to different coffee shops as the day progresses. Some people need complete silence, other people are good with certain types of music, and others still like having something that can draw their attention like the TV. What works for you is often specific to you and/or the particular task you're on.
- Capitalize on momentum, and be productive when not. This might be role-dependent, but especially for individual tasks, we've all had days where we got a bunch done and others where you bang your head against the wall to get the bare minimum finished. Working remote can be great because you have productive outlets for those days where you struggle, whether it's loading the dishwasher, getting the mail, or straightening a room. On the other hand, your work environment can be important because you don't want those things calling your name while you find yourself in a good flow of productivity.
- Remote is a complete overhaul of how a company operates. This isn't up to you, but doing remote work well means the entire company embracing the things that it is and is not. Most partial remote setups are destined to fail or disenfranchise the remote folks, but the good news is a pandemic is pretty equal opportunity so you may have a fresh slate to avoid some pitfalls. You don't need a nanny state or an expectation of instant responses, but you need a higher degree of communication, and that communication should be written. The more you can push meetings and phone calls to be documents or more public chats, especially if you picked up a lot by osmosis when you were in the office, everyone's work life becomes easier.