Now that many of us have now been instructed to work from home, we are challenged on how to be effective and efficient.
There are but a few ways i'm managing my remote work. How are you doing this? What are your experiences with working remotely?
Well, of course, having "flex time" is one of the advantages of working at home, for whatever reason. That's one reason people become consultants instead of working for a company. On the other hand, some people don't like the isolation of it, or the fact that you won't have shared resources, such as the company library, so there are trade-offs. People have been doing this for a long time, and not only when there's an epidemic, so there's lots of information available. When the situation calms down and we're allowed to congregate again, you might check your local public library; you'll find lots of books with titles like "How to become a Consultant", "How to start a Home-based Business" and similar titles, that deal with all aspects of working at home and starting and running a home-based business. There will also be answers to questions you haven't even thought of to ask. You might also check the ACS website, and in general look on-line for similar information. Good luck!
C&EN hosted a Twitter chat series on #COVIDisruptions last week with Chemjobber, Jen Heemstra, Maria Gallardo-Williams, and Fay Lin. Some good tips came out of the individual chats on impact on employment (Chemjobber), impact on faculty (Jen Heemstra), transitioning to online teaching (Maria Gallardo-Williams), and grad student mental health (Fay Lin). Here are the links to the individual chats:
Online teaching: https://twitter.com/cenmag/status/1243251732790095873 Virtual teaching
Impact on faculty: https://twitter.com/cenmag/status/1242889287110144002
Impact on employment: https://twitter.com/cenmag/status/1242526885323714560
You can also search for the hashtag #COVIDisruption. Thanks, Jodi, for the suggestion I share this here!
When I first started working remotely, other colleagues passed along the tip of being aware of the work style preferences of colleagues... a good tip under any circumstance, but particularly now!