Nateisha: What has the adjustment been like to go from the office to WFH?
Jacqueline: This has definitely been an experience like never before. I have two very active boys under 5 years old who would normally be at school and nursery, so having to navigate a new schedule which includes home schooling alongside my work schedule and somehow find a balance with my husband’s work schedule has been challenging. But somehow, someway amongst the chaos we work it out.
NS: How are you running the business from home?
J: The lockdown period has had no direct impact to how I work, as I have experience working remotely with distributed teams. The challenge is managing the demands of my children.
In the first week of lockdown I had a very detailed schedule in place that allowed the boys to work independently and be occupied with a number of tasks. However, the reality of that lasting was very short lived. So now I have a loose schedule which keeps everyone happy and learning while my daily objectives are met.
NS: What would you say your top 3 tips are to staying productive?
J: 1. Always start the day with intention, get up & physically get ready.
2. If you can, create or rearrange a dedicated work space.
3. Plan your week ahead and have a schedule to work from and switch it up each week plus don't forget to take breaks.