Are Biometrics Killing the Password?

Are Biometrics Killing the Password?

Working from home has gone from an alternative to the norm in less than a year. Zoom saw its shares surge, clothing retailers bet big on sweatsuits, and food delivery apps experienced unprecedented growth. However, it’s not all virtual happy hours and luxurious home latte machines. For some, working from home feels like a slow descent into madness. From slow wifi to noisy neighbors, there’s a litany of distractions that can stifle productivity. Here are ten ways to stay sane while working from home.

1. Give yourself a “commute”

A classic UC Davis transportation study found that the ideal one-way commute was 16 min.

Those 16 minutes are more than just getting from one location to another; it’s a unique time that allows people to get into “work mode.” While working from home, commute times have been cut down to the time it takes to walk from the bedroom to the living room. Try setting aside 16 minutes in the morning and 16 minutes at the end of the workday to do an activity that serves as your “commute.” Catch up on a podcast, listen to a mood-boosting playlist, or take a walk around your neighborhood. By creating a transition into and out of your day, you can develop healthier boundaries between your work and home life.

2. Optimize your workflow

Rather than working until the work is done, try the 52/17 rule or the Pomodoro Technique. The 52/17 rule is used widely by consultants, creatives, and everyone in between. It calls for 52 minutes of work followed by a 17-minute break. Similarly, the Pomodoro Technique calls for work sessions of 25 minutes followed by a five-minute break (and a 15-minute break at least once every two hours).