I try to embrace the fact that I have an assortment of responsibilities. Some work-related, some personal, and some even might intersect. To that end, one thing that has helped me is to set timers as a way of separating tasks and having focus time to increase productivity. This sort of thing is sometimes called a Pomodoro timer. Basically, think about a specific block of time. Not a long block of time. Not hours. 30 to 60 minutes. And dedicated yourself to a singular focus, e.g. your day job, a specific project, time with your kids, running an errand, cleaning, exercising, etc. Whatever you need to do. Set your timer, do that task, and when the timer dings, wrap up the current detail you are working on and stop. Then step away from that focus. Set a timer, focus on that next thing, and stop when it dings. And if you get interrupted and can't ignore it, just pause the timer and come back as soon as reasonable. Nothing revolutionary there, but it works for me. I do think that as workplaces that weren't remote continue to be remote, a good number of them will settle in and understand you can't spend every minute talking on Slack or on a Zoom call if you want to get anything done. It's new ground for those folks and they need to live it a bit before they realize that they need to start baking in breaks and focus time to actually continue to move the organization forward.
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Hey all. Thanks for the introduction and for having me, @JacobBo. Happy to help however I can. In addition to community strategy, I have spent my entire career working remotely (and I was even homeschooled for K-12). I've scaled and managed remote teams. By now, I am sure you're up to your ears in remote work resources, but I thought I'd mention it just in case there is a challenge you are dealing with. Stay safe.
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