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Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily coverTake Control of Working from Home Temporarily coverTake Control of Working from Home Temporarily coverThe spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has forced many people to start working from home, which will help promote social distancing and slow the infection rate. But as attractive as working from home might seem, it comes with its own set of challenges. To help you cope, our friends at Take Control Books brainstormed and drafted topics that Glenn Fleishman wrote up in a new, free book: Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily.

The 55-page book is designed for those who are suddenly confronted with the realities of telecommuting. It starts by talking about staking out a physical space in your home, equipping it with furniture that provides decent ergonomics, and choosing gear and apps you’ll need for audio calls and videoconferencing. Although it may already be hard to acquire what you need, it won’t get any easier in the near future.

For those who haven’t worked from home before, much of the difficulty comes in creating the necessary psychological separation from your home life, particularly if you have a partner, roommates, or an extended family. Parenting while telecommuting is tough too, and Tonya Engst contributed the bulk of a chapter on that topic, based on two decades of experience having our son Tristan around while running TidBITS Publishing.

Finally, it’s all too easy when working at home to go heads-down for way too many hours. So the book encourages you to be kind to yourself when it comes to taking breaks, not replacing a commute with more work, and making time for exercise.

Thanks to all who contributed, and particular kudos to Glenn for turning this book out so quickly and to Take Control publisher Joe Kissell, who edited and produced the book and who is making it available for free.

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Comments About Get “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily” for Free

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  1. Thank you very much, Adam, very useful.

    Kind regards –


  2. Much appreciation and thanks to both Glenn Fleishman & Joe Kissell. Very generous & kind of you both to make this available to all at no cost during this challenging time.

    Also much thanks to Adam Engst for everything you do to make the world a better place.

  3. A lovely gesture and I hope this kind of generosity is ‘infectious.’

  4. Generosity in the midst of stories of hoarding, fights, xenophobia and other nasty behaviors. Congratulations on taking the highest of high roads. I’ve worked from home for 23 years and I still downloaded the book for good advice.

    I wanted to increase my donation in response to your generosity, but I’m already at the top. Anything else you need?

  5. Boo… I was going to buy 100 copies. Denied

  6. Peace and health on earth, but we’ll settle for your kind thoughts!

    It only counts as hoarding if you download each copy individually and store each one its own folder on your Mac. :crazy_face:

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