I haven’t checked to see if any admin rules have come up for Covid-19 but this post will be about returning to the office full time and picking the brains of a forum of great people on how to effectively get things done and keep safe. As a background, I work at a law firm, we are all more than six feet apart, and will be returning to work in the office full time on Monday regardless of our ability to WFH.
So here are my thoughts:
Less physical paper: My office is not paperless - I work with many old-school attorneys who require paper. With that being said, I still want to keep redundant copies of everything in the electronic file. This will be a good backup in case we are quarantined again, and a good practice to avoid needlessly touching shared documents. This requires some sub-goals: a) come up with an efficient naming nomenclature that everyone would follow, b) setting up text-expander snippets to more easily create those names, and c) come with up a sort of Readers Digest sheet on how I want things to be done so my staff can mirrors said naming nomenclature.
Being in the office: I’m very bad at keeping 8-5 hours - I typically end up goofing around for an hour after lunch, and stay until 6-630. My goal is to no longer do so and only be in the office when required. With more of my documents paperless, if I need to work later I can do so at home and away from space involving other people.
Focus: I’m going to put very strict controls on my phone to keep myself focused at work. With the economy behaving as it is, I need to prove my value to my office and the only way I can do that is bill time. I’m hoping between the time constraints of forcing myself to leave at five and the limits to the outside world, I will be able to get more done in shorter periods of time and continue to prove my value to my firm.
Cleanliness: I have a habit of files ending up spread throughout my desk, chairs in my office, book shelves, etc. Because I want to avoid touching things needlessly, all files with be in the filing cabinets if not actively being worked on. I want everything clear so it can be disinfected each day and so I can try to feel more at ease at work in general.
Does anyone have suggestions on these goals, anything they think I have overlooked, or any other insights? I appreciate your time and advice as always.