Tools That Help Me Work From Home

Jennifer Chan
Simple, Not Easy
Published in
6 min readApr 29, 2020

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Working from home has been a difficult adjustment. Unlike so many others, I actually prefer to work in an office as opposed to from home because it provides a defined physical boundary that separates when I practice law and when I don’t. When I worked in a law firm, I preferred to stay late at the office rather than leave at a regular time and work from home simply because then I could tell myself that I didn’t need to look at e-mails or any work-related documents until the following day. Although that didn’t always happen (I would still occasionally read e-mails on my phone), it was sufficient enough that it didn’t impact my sleep.

Now that the world has been turned upside down and I also made the decision to start my own law firm, I am no longer bound by the traditional 9–5 (or for me it was 8:30 AM — 7:00 PM). I am quickly learning that this has its pros and cons.

As the captain of my own ship, it’s never been so important to create an efficient and well-thought out task-management system that will help me focus, reduce friction, and allow me to shut-down for the day with minimal anxiety.

Separating the Personal and Professional

Bullet Journal

I used to organize my personal and professional life in my Bullet Journal. However, since becoming an…

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Jennifer Chan
Simple, Not Easy

Productivity, craftsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence at work. Writing now at jennifertchan.substack.com.