What is your excuse not to work remotely now?

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Unless you physically move things around at work or for work, you no longer have an excuse why you can not work remotely.

Welcome to remote work.

What took you so long? Did you have too many excuses? Let me clear them up for you.

If you have a hard time adapting to working from home or working remotely, suck it up and start doing it already. You have no more excuses and every reason to work remotely. This is the new normal. Get used to it. The office building does not miss you.

Remote work is nothing new. You were just missing out. Maybe it was not socially acceptable or you were constrained to one day a week because your employer had to justify using their bad real estate investment by keeping you coming back for more… commuting time. Fact is that really you don’t need an office to work nor work together today. Maybe you will realize this over the coming weeks/months.

You can actually accomplish more when working remotely if you:

  1. Have a computer that works quickly today. A laptop is commonplace nowadays so t comes with you where ever you work. A laptop might be issued by your employer.
  2. Have access to what you need to work with. Have fast internet bandwidth and steady power is a great start. You can get a mobile hotspot from even just about anywhere your mobile phone can if you don’t have internet available. VPN and permission to directory access to folders you might need are necessary too.
  3. Maintain focus (just like for any work if it is going to be done well)
  4. Manage your schedule for each day with an online calendar. Not just for work since you only have one set of 24 hours each day. Get things done in your life. Not just for work. That is why you are alive. Really.
  5. Work remotely at home and you don’t live alone, have a door that closes to block those living distractions (spouses, children, pets, other household dwellers, etc).
  6. Stop butt dragging. Get rid of unnecessary distractions. Turn off the TV (a crisis will still be there when you turn it back on and there will be a recap if it matters). Mute the phone, including the social media apps too since those are massive time sucks).
  7. Don’t commute to work. Walking further in your home is not a commute. Did you miss the traffic or hunting for a spot in the parking lot? Maybe they missed you. No tears were shed though.
  8. Stay away from the offices (drama, politics and pretend caring are all useless wastes of time) They don’t even justify the real estate spend for one desk nor how many square feet of office space your magic title will be allocated for you.
  9. Connect with people remotely online. That is why I use Zoom. I connect with clients that way, talk with friends that way and even record podcasts that way. Yes, you should collaborate online in a scheduled calendar fashion with the ‘location’ of a unique Zoom link.

If you don’t trust the people you work with, why are you still there? Find a new job or work for yourself.

If I can get 13-year-olds (with parental permission) to 80-year-olds to work via computer from their home remotely with me, so can you. And you thought your age was a good excuse? Think again. Stop being lazy and do something productive already. Learn to work and learn remotely.

I have worked from home for years now that I own my own businesses. I decline any new contracts/clients that are not remote. I was doing that well before COVID-19 became too popular. Why? I am a knowledge worker. An individual contributor. I am a consultant, podcaster and writer. I help people who want to be helped and ignore other distractions. I work in the digital world and have no interest in leaving my digital space.

So, adapt to remote work already. You no longer have much choice.

If you want to work together, schedule a call with me here.

If you want me to come work in your office, contact someone else.

What is your excuse for not working remotely yet?

How do I: know what to say

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Many people struggle with finding the right words to ask for what they want or need.

They feel ill-prepared, scared to ask and sometimes ill just thinking about how to ask for something. So they don’t ask, however that is not a good idea. Use your words. Learn the phrases that will get you somewhere with your own ask.

Whether we are at home or work, with friends, family, coworkers or bosses, our words can tell a story, have an impact or influence people to do something. Or not.

While I get compensated if you buy this book below, you get to prepare yourself with the words and phrases you need to say to ask for almost anything.

Here is a great resource I found that is very quick to consume and to the point, as the title says:

There is plenty of practical advice provided in this book on exactly how to phrase your words. Start practicing.

How do you figure out what to say in any situation?

 

How do I: Crowdsource Apprenticeships

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How do you gain experience? Most of us gain experience by doing.

How do you learn from others? Some of us ask questions and do the work to learn.

How do you apply what you learned to the real world and gain valuable experience?

You can gain experience of how to apply what you learned to reality with an apprenticeship.

Where do you find apprenticeship regardless of where you live?

Enter virtual crowdsourced apprenticeships by GenM.

If you are seeking apprenticeships, you are 18 years or older, apply today for free as a potential apprentice to gain real-world experience working and learning from real people throughout the world. All remotely done from wherever you happen to be.

Best books read in 2019

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As a published writer, I read a lot and consume many audiobooks.

During 2019, I consumed over 52 audiobooks via Audible (paid link) and Hoopla (free thanks to my local library).

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I wanted to share the two best books that I consumed in 2019. Both of these books are original, well-researched and have plenty of actionable advice. They are my favorites from 2019. You can see my favorite books from previous years here.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for someone (or yourself), take a look at these two new books:

 

 

Questions?