It all started with a tweet from Deborah Preuss and a chat with a close friend about what the current full-time at-home remote working does to each of us.
Deb’s tweet was about how to do virtual co-working and it sounded inspiring to me.
So my friend and me agreed on a date with not-so-many work meetings to do a full day of co-working.
Having bigger chunks of time for (deep) working solo on things definitely helped me to plan that day.
Now after today’s learnings, I can imagine a half-day for the next co-working sessions as well, like spending 3-4 hours together.
What type of work to choose?
Having regular (coffee) check-ins with a nice human being boosts my mood, I know that.
Those check-ins do not even need to be work-specific or content-related (in fact I did that only once today). So I intentionally chose stuff I had a hard time to get done so far for today.
Clarity and intentionality
My intention for the co-work day was:
- get actually stuff done
(I mean the “done-done” done thing. E.g. incl. documentation of my learnings.)
- having something TANGIBLE and valuable that I deem to be good enough for now (and I have (still too) high standards for myself)
- eating my own dog food in terms of sustainable agile work
- finish all things today (over starting something new I cannot get done within the workday)
In retrospect that was very helpful to have this pretty clear in advance.
Individual work mode and methods
I terms of (agile) methods and with regards to sustainable pace I ended up with this:
- had a personal Kanban board just for that day
- did a frequent replanning (i.e. after each break)
- limited my WIP striktly to 1
- had some slack-time inbetween to refresh my body and mind (e.g. to hear favorite music for 3 mins or get a nose full of fresh air on the balcony)
- had a PROPER lunch break (like: not already planning for eating in front of the laptop)
And you know what? I am really proud – especially of the slack time and proper breaks. The connection to someone (mentally and in-time during our touchpoint breaks) definitely helped me to take better care of myself and a healthy balance.
On making plans
Already back in the 1950ies Eisenhower knew that plans are worthless, planning is key.
Yes, I made plans for the co-work day. Yes I changed them every time when I had more information about how to best reach my objective for the day.
That learning might sound too obvious yet I often see that omitted or disrespected both in my own work and when working with teams and clients.
EYODF – On (agile) dogfood
I ate a lot of own (agile) dogfood today. Here is a list of resources that I discovered and used during the day. As I already shared one link with my co-work partner that they didn’t know, you may find something useful as well:
- Lean Canvas PDF from the truly great Collection of Canvasses by Andi Roberts
- handbook with examples on how to use the Lean Canvas
- blog post by Isaac Jeffries on ‘Filling out a Business Model Canvas‘
- handy overview on Impact Mapping
- lovely cheat sheet (with guiding questions!) during the Impact Mapping process
- something I would like to explore more: games for introducing and learning Impact Mapping
A big thank you to Deborah Preuss, Andi Roberts, Isaac Jeffries, Gojko Adzic for the inspiration, articles and resources.
A heartfelt thank you to my co-working partner. The experiment went so well, we already made an appointment for another co-work day.
… and take care
I didn’t proof-read this particular blog post 10x; it needs to be good enough for now. Although this article serves mainly for my documentation, I do hope to inspire you with it.
Looking forward to your experiences, questions and additions. Remember: sharing is caring! 🙂