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A game plan for injecting social interaction into your days

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One of the worst things about office work is also one of the best: You’re constantly interacting with your colleagues. Those interactions can be distracting, time consuming, and frustrating ー especially if you’re deep in thought when someone pops their head into your office, or interrupts your reverie as you’re pouring a cup of coffee in the kitchen. But they also ensure you stay connected to your co-workers, keep you at least vaguely aware of what they’re each working on, and help prevent life from getting lonely or dull.

Work from home, and you experience the reverse boon and bane…


🖨️ Today’s tip: Get a printer.

Get a printer. That’s it. That’s the tip.

Yes, we realize it’s 2021 and the technological world has moved beyond ink cartridges and toner. But the printer has become the home office device of the pandemic — One U.K. survey found that 27% of people are now using their printer every day. Medium’s own managing producer Eunice Park suggests getting a cute one, so you don’t feel annoyed at its presence in your living room, er, home office.

Plus, if you have a printer, you can print out:

  • Complimentary emails from your boss or…


🎨 Today’s tip: Level up your meeting doodling game with this fun tool.

Video calls are a great way to become acquainted with the unique contours of your own Resting Bored Face, i.e. the face you make, apparently, while spacing out in meetings. Video calls also reveal just how much you tend to squirm around at your desk.

The answer: doodling, a great way to keep yourself lightly busy during meetings. You’re engaged just enough that you don’t squirm and grimace, but not so much that you can’t focus on what’s being said. And Elizabeth Funk, a software engineer here…


Who We’ll Be After This

I’ve been forced to face my most persistent fear: my finances

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If you wanted to sum up my complicated 37-year relationship with money in just one word, that word would be “triggered.” I’d break out into a peculiar kind of cold sweat whenever I logged into the Wells Fargo app on my phone.

I didn’t grow up with a lot. In my twenties, my bank balances were often negative, so I didn’t even bother checking them. My diet consisted mostly of pasta and frozen peas, and it was a coin flip as to whether or not my lights would turn on. …


Don’t try to replicate your workplace environment at home

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One of the many astonishing things about 2020 has been the pace of workplace change. The percentage of people who work from home jumped from 31% to 62% in one month. As a result, office workers realized that much of our work can be decoupled from location.

In a crisis, people cling to what they can. Many organizations tried to replicate the office environment. Any given meeting was just converted to an equivalent Zoom call. People have told me their managers were checking in on Slack or video chats around 9 a.m. — presumably to hold people accountable for keeping…


Don’t lose touch with your work spouse just because you can’t joke in the break room anymore

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The bright side of everyone working from home right now is that we’ve all got plenty of people to commiserate with. As the last few weeks have shown, there’s also plenty to commiserate about, from kids reluctant to be homeschooled to spouses who loudly “circle back” on conference calls all day. But there’s one challenge of working from home that still seems to be flying under the radar: growing apart from your colleagues.

I’ve been working remotely for six years now, and trust me when I say that this issue never magically resolves itself. Keeping up work relationships when you’re…


A lot of us have new officemates: our partners. Here’s how a relationship can thrive despite the closeness.

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Now that my husband and I have been self-isolating and working together at home for more than two weeks, it’s time for a performance review.

Alex is a highly competent employee with problem-solving skills that make him a leader in the institution. He has a unique ability to work both holistically and with extreme attention to detail. Some skills Alex can work on are drinking tea less ostentatiously and lowering the volume of his constant, anguished sighs.

I already knew my husband was good at his job before coronavirus quarantine made us co-workers. I’d seen him answer emails and heard…


Without the aspiration of living our best life all the time, there are harder questions left to answer

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Stay home. Avoid large gatherings. Don’t travel. Skip seeing even small groups of friends. As coronavirus spreads around the globe, abiding by these rules has, temporarily at least, made my embarrassingly incessant FOMO disappear.

Like many millennials, my social life has lived online for about as long as I’ve had a social life. And yet suddenly, I no longer have a nagging feeling that I should go out every Friday night or spend every long weekend on a super-special and photogenic getaway. Gone is the worry that I’m wasting a day spent doing nothing in particular. I can pause the…

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