How ‘weird’ schedules can help you get more done working remotely

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Remote work allows you to work when it fits your lifestyle and you’re most productive. Here is a look into the way some of Zapier’s staff arrange their days to get the most done. Right now, working from home means adhering to a ridiculously strict schedule. Wake up early enough to get to the grocery store before it’s mobbed, be ready to help your kids sign on to their Zoom classes, feed your family—and, you know, get some work done. Read Full Story

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Kids are spending more hours on screens than ever. Should parents worry?

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Screen time has increased by 500%, according to one study. But as long as kids’ habits don’t continue post-pandemic, they should be just fine. Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their kids, and they are desperate for some peace and quiet. Read Full Story

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4 tips for getting anything done while working from home with your kids

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Working and helping your kids with remote learning is challenging at best. Here, educators and parents share what works for them. National and state emergency declarations because of COVID-19 have left millions of working parents and their children struggling with a new normal. An analysis by Education Week estimates that public and private schools in at least 46 states are closed, affecting at least 54.5 million school students. An increasing number of states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, have directed all people who can work at home to do so. As a result, many working parents are struggling with a new normal: families living, working, and going to school under one roof. Read Full Story

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Empty toilet paper rolls and a ‘closed’ sign: Emoji get redesigned for COVID-19

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The visual tropes of today will become the history of tomorrow. Many of us are working from home, wrangling kids while managing our day jobs , and just trying to keep our wits about us. That means we turn on Netflix at 10 p.m., pop a pinot, and tune out. But once designer Ji Lee is done juggling his day, he does the unthinkable: Even more work to, in his words, “stay productive and sane.” Read Full Story

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5 ways to build trust when your teams are working from home indefinitely

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How do remote managers know their people are working? And how can remote employees show their bosses that they’re getting stuff done? Here are some trust-building exercises to get through the transition to remote work. Whenever folks transition to remote work, they often ask me about accountability. How do remote managers know their people are working? And how can remote employees show their bosses that they’re getting stuff done? Read Full Story

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