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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. The 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 and months.
You can actually accomplish more when working remotely if you:
- Have a computer that works quickly today. A laptop is commonplace nowadays so it can come with you where ever you want to work. A laptop might be issued by your employer.
- 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.
- Maintain focus (just like for any work if it is going to be done well)
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 can collaborate online in a scheduled fashion with the ‘location’ of a unique Zoom link, screen sharing, shared electronic documents, and virtual whiteboard as needed.
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. Do something productive already. 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.
Adapt to remote work already. You no longer have much choice.
If you want me to come work in your office, contact someone else.
What is your excuse for not working remotely now?