With quarantines and shelter-in-place orders hitting more and more of the world, thousands of people who have never worked from home are suddenly experiencing the joys of the home office. The result? A surprising amount of chaos. It turns out that working from home is harder than you'd expect. Luckily for us, there are some brave folks who have done it before and they're here to give us the tried and true tips.
One of our work from home friends went so far as to tweet it all in a thread that has gone viral for its surprising content. Do you want to know the real secrets of working from home? Our girl Lex has you covered, with true tips from eight years of working from home. Her real advice? Absolutely do not do what she does because you will get nothing done. Her life is your list of no-nos.
Are you ready to become a work at home master?
Lex started this Twitter thread by throwing down her impressive credentials.
As someone who’s been working almost exclusively from home for the last ~8 years, here’s a thread of what not to do (ie. exactly what I do):— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879251.0
Many experts recommend keeping normal business hours if you're working from home.
• never work during business hours. just fuck around doing laundry and binge watching tv, if you’re awake, and then… https://t.co/wSHIVSxMRI— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879325.0
Many of us have concerns about being lonely as we work from home.
• worried you’re going to feel lonely and miss human contact? you will! exasperate it by also putting your phone on… https://t.co/8SFZFR4HX5— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879462.0
Ok, let's talk about something positive.
• think a cup of coffee might get you through your afternoon slump? slam two quadshot lattes back to back. the Star… https://t.co/4GGiRZSNYu— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879562.0
Lex wasn't the only one with coffee wisdom.
@lexisnotinlove Or buy an espresso machine so you never even have to leave the house✨ https://t.co/GlCzzoTjyp— kelsey dake 𝖗𝖚𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌 (@kelsey dake 𝖗𝖚𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌)1583880584.0
Of course that route is not for the faint of heart.
@kelseyrushing I’m genuinely afraid i would give myself a heart attack within a month— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583881133.0
Once you've set up your work space and time, it's important to stay organized!
• make to do lists, lots of them, on various pieces of paper, in Notion, on your notes app. don’t ever #actually ch… https://t.co/CA9emchBTG— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879724.0
Make sure you schedule in time for breaks!
• take a walk in the middle of the afternoon is actually a good tip! wanna spice it up? take a walk to your unemplo… https://t.co/IwsReqfc0I— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879814.0
Did know that Juuling is a verb?
• pick up Juuling— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583879851.0
If Juuling isn't enough to keep you occupied, a great solution to boredom is taking on responsibility for another life.
• get a puppy— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583880174.0
One of the great benefits of working from home is that you don't have to dress up to go to the office.
• it’s important to develop a moderate to severe online shopping addiction, especially for clothing like blazers. T… https://t.co/qTdKB9UeLG— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583880341.0
Again, accessories are key!You need to make sure your laptop is as well-dressed as you are, with bags and baubles. Again, there is no way you will ever use this while working from home.
Of course you could get totally wild and change your appearance entirely.
• bleach your hair by yourself— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583882316.0
Remember when we said to have breaks?
• under no circumstances should you ever setup screen time limits— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583882348.0
The internet was happy to confirm that these were indeed the greatest tips ever given.
@lexisnotinlove this is the realest shit— Bhoka (@Bhoka)1583900850.0
Other people jumped in with exciting suggestions of their own.
@lexisnotinlove The ~7 years that I worked from home, I developed one big rule: make sure your work area is at leas… https://t.co/TklygF4F7y— Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian (@Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian)1583944961.0
Lex wasn't so sure about this advice though...
@hhpapazian You sound rich— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583962255.0
But there's a solution for that too!
@lexisnotinlove Rich in debt!— Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian (@Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian)1583962391.0
Then again working from home during quarantine is a little bit different.
IT IS HELL! Today I was trying to WFH in peace (take my afternoon bath) and my baby daddy was talking to people on… https://t.co/zNBxyVeh0K— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583887020.0
But others around the internet found comfort in Lex's working from home prowess.
@lexisnotinlove Damn. It takes both my wife and I working from home to cover (almost) all of these points. You are very good at this.— jeevesbond (@jeevesbond)1583934213.0
Other work from homers started to chime in.They can verify that Lex has this down to a science, and knows exactly what she's talking about.
Honestly she may have been a little bit too accurate for some people.
@lexisnotinlove I FEEL VERY SEEN— Not followed by anyone you’re following (@Not followed by anyone you’re following)1584000145.0
New folks working from home knew that they had to learn from this guru.
@lexisnotinlove I’m gonna print this and put it on my wall.— Dishant Kaushik (@Dishant Kaushik)1583985207.0
On the other hand you may not have a printer (you're working from home after all).
@lexisnotinlove Writing this all down.— Joseph Hughes (@Joseph Hughes)1583880382.0
Newer work from homers were inspired.
@lexisnotinlove @boop you just described my last three years— Amrith Shanbhag 💎 (@Amrith Shanbhag 💎)1583912784.0
But mostly we're just impressed at how massively Lex has looked at all the advice and done the exact opposite.
@lexisnotinlove This is legendary!!— Miriam Isaac (@Miriam Isaac)1583918153.0
Are you as in love with the thread as the rest of the internet is?
@lexisnotinlove Lol. Love it 😅— Oleg Stirbu (@Oleg Stirbu)1583913764.0
Or maybe you'll just spend the next three weeks laughing on the floor at these suggestions.Every time I brew myself more espresso I'll be thinking of Lex. Shout out to my girl.
Because even if you don't do what Lex does...
@lexisnotinlove I love this thread haha— Sejal Kotak (@Sejal Kotak)1583953597.0
But Lex wasn't the only twitter with tips...
World: To have a successful WFH day, start your day with a shower, coffee, go outside, get some exercise. Have a ni… https://t.co/HEmJrN919M— Jack Altman (@Jack Altman)1583942177.0
Another tip: make Slack more interesting.
newly remote coworkers on slack every four minutes https://t.co/8gQ9NKCBUg— Maxim Leyzerovich (@Maxim Leyzerovich)1584123318.0
Keep your routine, NO MATTER WHAT.
Experts recommend keeping your daily rituals even while working from home. https://t.co/ktHuEaXMLT— Tomáš Bella (@Tomáš Bella)1584345234.0
Make up some scapegoats.Having a Cheryl to complain about is important for any marriage, partnership, or roommate situation. you always grow together when you have a common enemy.
Label your stuff.
Given that I’m #workingfromhome I took the liberty of putting my name on the yogurt in the work fridge... But my wi… https://t.co/v1Sd83X1Xg— Cyrus McQueen (@Cyrus McQueen)1584537106.0
I've been working from home for 17 years. My wife is now working from home. It's amazing how quickly the cats are… https://t.co/MULodpwjXR— Susan Calman (@Susan Calman)1584610773.0
Do what must be done.
Found a good way to get work done at home today #workingfromhome https://t.co/1mXNyrsbNH— Rory Hearne (@Rory Hearne)1584559077.0
Find a companion.
Roughly 5 hours into indefinitely working from home and I am already seriously considering getting a dog— Kate Aronoff (@Kate Aronoff)1584121939.0
Take advantage of the new opportunities provided to you.
The number one benefit of working from home is not wearing a bra.— Shakira Sison (@Shakira Sison)1584105424.0
Hoard everything for the end boss.
Working from home avoiding all the supplies I bought like they’re elixirs in a Final Fantasy game— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker)1584120751.0
Dress for the job you want.
When you’re working from home, for focus and mental health it’s really important to NOT just wear your pajamas! Wea… https://t.co/v0dvJvc01F— Jess Zimmerman (@Jess Zimmerman)1584106887.0
Take this opportunity to increase your job knowledge.
working from home is a very exciting opportunity to learn what my roommate’s job is— allison (@allison)1584113485.0
Promote the important members of your team.
my wife, a lawyer, is working from home. i believe this *technically* makes the pugs paralegals— Saint Doggo the Very Good (@Saint Doggo the Very Good)1584361526.0
Keep things professional.
My husband and I are both working from home and he's just sent round a memo about a total ban on office relationships.— Laura Lexx (@Laura Lexx)1584638274.0
Remember to stock up.
Husband starts working from home tomorrow. He stopped at the market on the way home today, so he could pick up a f… https://t.co/lamtyDmv05— Dr. Janet Watson (@Dr. Janet Watson)1584399367.0
And please, if you're going to work from home, make sure you cover your tracks.
the only advice I can give you as someone who has been working from home with their spouse for years is to murder t… https://t.co/CnNwhnreCM— Caroline Moss (@Caroline Moss)1584553062.0
Own what you have become.
PSA for office folks suddenly working from home #remoteworking https://t.co/3NBXABzyHf— Ted Goas (@Ted Goas)1583874341.0
"Is that you, Mike?"
As many of us move to virtual meetings and working from home during this strange time, we can all bond over the iss… https://t.co/zTmm8lVLry— Jessie (@Jessie)1583947455.0
Create the space you need to get your work done.
innovation has no limits 😂🙏🏻 just made my temp wfh standing desk #wfhlife #Covid_19 https://t.co/MlLHFhiyCF— Laura Xu (@Laura Xu)1584122581.0
Know exactly what you're getting into.
benefits of working for yourself: -work from home! -choose your own hours! drawbacks of working for yourself: -you… https://t.co/jnNTpgKRU2— jonny sun has a new book coming out in april! (@jonny sun has a new book coming out in april!)1536028648.0
Use this time to find yourself.
How I tell people I work from home vs. How I actually work from home. #NASCAR https://t.co/aPDUExYGL0— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm)1585167673.0
Grieve the productive person you once were.
*me working from home* My boss: “Hey, how much work have you done today” Me: https://t.co/323TN4ajgV— Stimmy Butler (@Stimmy Butler)1585168611.0
Stand up for yourself.Enforce those boundaries, and enforce them hard. I like to throw my phone and laptop in a small waist-high safe everyday at five PM and activate the time delay so that it only opens again at nine AM. Let's see you get ahold of me and make me do stuff through solid lead, Mark.
Get your business done and head
home to your bedroom.
my favorite part of working from home is not having to pretend to work after i finish everything— al ace mom 🏳️🌈 (@al ace mom 🏳️🌈)1585168297.0
Do what you need to do.
the problem with working from home is that you can make as many sandwiches as you want and it turns out i want a lot of sandwiches— Polly Mosendz (@Polly Mosendz)1584120847.0
When you can, delegate less enjoyable tasks (like, say, writing emails).
“Per my last email, Dolphin, Whale, Dolphin, Whale, Whale.” #WorkFromHome https://t.co/jpJxaMurxf— Shea McMahon (@Shea McMahon)1585181109.0
Don't ruin clothes for yourself when this is all over.
My only advice about working from home in isolation is that you can get dressed if you want, I'm sure it helps some… https://t.co/hpgj7Yzvpu— Keezy Young 🌸👻 (a ghost) (@Keezy Young 🌸👻 (a ghost))1583717881.0
Give the people what they want.
Video call tips and tricks for WFH: -everyone wants to see your cat -no, seriously, why are you pushing your cat a… https://t.co/RbYw6CD3je— John Epler (@John Epler)1584394095.0
Do your best not to compare yourself to your coworkers.
me and me dad are sharing the dining room table working from home today. He's an aerospace engineer on a conference… https://t.co/sK9ru3G2rN— lydia 🍃 (@lydia 🍃)1584630247.0
Define the scope of your job.
After one day of trying to work from home while watching two kids, I can say with a good deal of confidence that I… https://t.co/3hLjm9AWmb— Jesse Kroll (@Jesse Kroll)1584137937.0
And Lex herself reminds us all:
@dkaushik95 If you don’t take any of this advice, you will be far better off for it— LEX 👽 (@LEX 👽)1583987113.0