3 Slightly-Odd Tips for Working from Home

April 4, 2018
Working from Home

Bike DeskWorking from home can be a blessing and a challenge.

Here are three things that have helped me along the way…

  1. Finagle yourself a bike desk! No need to be tormented by exercise versus work again! If my focus is starting to evaporate I can usually hop on the bike and get my mojo back. It’s also a great place to hang out while watching a webinar (just make sure it’s not a video conferency-type webinar. That happened once. It was a little embarrassing and I’m sure the bobbing up and down of my head can be pretty distracting!)
  2. Get open/closed sign from the dollar store! When I put it on my door it means I’m closed for mom-business. Don’t even think of interrupting my conference call for a paper cut or just because you’re ‘feeling snacky’.
  3. Find your flow. Figure out which times of day work best for which types of work for you.Open/Closed Sign

I am a very definite night owl. I’ve discovered that I have a very a short window of focus when I very first wake up (which is broken if I need to do ANYTHING else such as doing the school run).

The rest of the morning I can check email, do any work-related social media tasks and do any housework that needs to get done.

After lunch, I am more focused, but anything that requires a lot of brain power or imaginative thinking is really best after dinner from 7 or 8pm onwards.

I found the Optimizing Your Day with Daily Rhythms, Optimal Timing for Tasks and Maximizing Breaks episode of Erik Fisher’s Beyond the To Do List podcast with Daniel Pink (author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing) so interesting. I’d never really thought about the impact me being a night owl has on my entire day (other than enjoying working at night).

That’s it. Give one (or three) of them a try and see if you can make working from home go a little more smoothly!

Easily Automate These 12 Areas of Your Business

August 10, 2017
Egg timer

What do you spend time on in your business that you don’t enjoy? Is it finances? task management? customer service? Is your to do list getting out of hand? Are you drowning in receipts? Click on your biggest pain points to find some easy ways to automate your business and get technology working for you. Continue Reading…

5 Unusual Ways to be More Productive When You Work from Home

June 21, 2017
rethink9to5 Productive at Home

Reading Time: 3 minutes

1. Bribery!

I owe a huge proportion of my productivity to bribery (a skill I honed while raising my 3 children!) For me, bribery usually looks like a cup of tea and/or a read of my social media feed after a period of concentration. Other times it could be an episode of a TV show for a morning’s hard work. Surprisingly, once that period of time is over, I’m often still really focused on whatever it was I was bribing myself to do. I used to stop and congratulate myself when the timer went off, but now, I really try to stay at it for as long as I’m engaged – to me this is when remote or flexible working is really at its best.

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An Author’s Perspective on Hacking Work & Pleasure

June 1, 2017
Climbing Gym, Paris

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Being able to combine work and pleasure is one of the reasons why I enjoy being a digital nomad. I’ve authored more than thirty books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and often find my inspiration in the activities I love most. Many of my books, for example, have something to do with horses; my favourite animal. It’s easier to get motivated about doing all that research when I’m excited about the subject matter!

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14 Ways We Will We Be Working in the Future – Part 1

May 19, 2017
Wearable Tech

Reading Time: 5 minutes

After writing about the future of workspaces, I thought I’d follow up by taking a look at HOW we will be working in the future, especially with all the Gen Zs (born after 2000) about to arrive in the workforce, many of whom have been in education systems that have been reinventing the wheel.

So what changes can we expect to see in the next 5-10 years?

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