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How to have more productive workdays - even if the carpet needs a vacuum

Gina London


The Communicator

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'Don't hide in your laptop until you burn yourself out' (stock image)

'Don't hide in your laptop until you burn yourself out' (stock image)

'Don't hide in your laptop until you burn yourself out' (stock image)

I ran up the stairs with about five minutes to go before show time. Door opened, I stepped into my studio. Curtains closed to shut out the unpredictable natural light, I switched on the two lamps set to frame either side of my face. I turned toward the camera and smiled. No, it's not a memory from my CNN reporting days - this is a scene many of you are now familiar with. It's time for another working from home "live shot".

Over the past eight weeks or so (I've lost count) my bedroom has transformed into a broadcast centre. Yes, there's still a bed, but it's positioned out of webcam range. What is in the "shot" behind me as I stand, not sit, in front of the screen facing "my audience" is my wooden dresser.

But now the jumble of assorted framed family photos once scattered on top of it has been removed. Instead, there's a crystal vase full of flowers that I refresh every week. On the wall above the dresser, where the vase now rests, there used to hang a large, round mirror. That's been replaced by a large, round, orange foamboard logo of my company, the Language of Leadership. You see, as much as I could manage during this ongoing time of working from home, I've gone professional. I've got staging. I've got branding.