Bringing work home: High-fliers share tips on how to be more productive

Working from home can be just as, or even more, productive than working in the office. It is about knowing your working style and how to cut out distractions

Ms Beatrice Liu-Cheng, who works out of her Balestier apartment, sometimes accompanied by her husband Nicholas Cheng (in the background), while watching over six-month-old Liam
Ms Beatrice Liu-Cheng, who works out of her Balestier apartment, sometimes accompanied by her husband Nicholas Cheng (in the background), while watching over six-month-old Liam
Mr Mark Lim (above), founder of special-education consultancy The Social Factor, at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet at Waterway Point
Mr Mark Lim (above), founder of special-education consultancy The Social Factor, at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet at Waterway Point
Ms Lyn Lee, the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Royal Dutch Shell, works at least two to three days a week from home, where she also gets to enjoy the company of her dogs.
Ms Lyn Lee, the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Royal Dutch Shell, works at least two to three days a week from home, where she also gets to enjoy the company of her dogs. ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ONG WEE JIN
Senior compliance consultant Nasuha Marican works out of a room that also doubles as a play area for her 11-month-old daughter, Noura.
Senior compliance consultant Nasuha Marican works out of a room that also doubles as a play area for her 11-month-old daughter, Noura. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, GIN TAY
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A sudden work-from-home arrangement may seem like an unexpected perk of the coronavirus outbreak.

You roll out of bed five minutes before the first meeting begins, your morning commute is a short walk to the living room and nobody cares if you stay in pyjamas all day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 01, 2020, with the headline Bringing work home: High-fliers share tips on how to be more productive. Subscribe