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…
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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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In Part 1 of Ways We Will Be Working in the Future I talked about the changes we can expect to see in when and where we work, the tug-o-war between trust and privacy, individualization, the rise of the contractor, bots, and the cycle of continuous learning. So what else can we expect to see a change in the next 5-10 years?
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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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Where we work, how we work, and even why we work is undergoing a transformation. Workspaces are changing and the days when each employee had their own desk are on their way out.
“In the future, people will be incredulous that we once insisted that everyone in a company lived in the same metro area, which often entailed spending hours commuting each way to an office park where they sat most of the day communicating by digital tools” Blair Reeves
We’ve come a long way in the last 20 years. Just the other day a government organization asked us to fax something to them. “A fax?” we all muttered looking around. “Does the new printer have fax functionality?” “Is there an online service for that?” (we ended up mailing it to them in the end). We don’t notice the creep towards the future until the past comes back to haunt us and we realize how far we’ve come.
Switching to working remotely seemed like a fantastic idea. It would be a win-win for everyone. You were so excited by how productive you were going to be without the usual office interruptions – no more pinging of everyone’s phones, no more trying to focus while people talk about the latest episode of Game of Thrones across your desk.
You’d be in control of your own destination (and thermostat – no more wearing 5 layers so you don’t freeze to death before lunchtime) and you dreamt of all the work you could get done now you really had room to spread out.
Unfortunately, reality hit and you began to realize how much time you suddenly spend: (check all that apply)
On social media
Doing laundry or dishes because you now actually have to look at all the chores you haven’t done.
Driving kids around to and from school/appointments/classes/friend’s houses
Answering questions from your kids once they get home from school
Motivation. What is it good for? Sometimes you have lots of it and sometimes you just don’t feel like working. What do you do on the days that feel like such a struggle? I used to beat myself up for not being as productive as I “should” be if I was having a down day. Finally, after years of being hard on myself, I came to the realization that I have periods of high productivity at work and other, shorter, periods of reduced productivity. And some days, I don’t want to work at all. There’s usually a good reason for those kinds of days.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way to help get me through those challenging times.
Automate your life. You don’t have enough time. Enough time to pursue that hobby you’ve had on the back burner for a while. Enough time to get through that task list (the list that grows daily despite the items you manage to cross off.) Enough time to spend with your kids and loved ones because you’re working late to finalize that project or meet that milestone.