What is your excuse not to work remotely now?

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 the parking lot? Maybe it misses you. No tears were shed.
  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 space your magic title will be allocated.
  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 fashion

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.

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

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

What is your excuse for not working remotely?

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?

How do I: create a podcast from an idea

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Here is a video recording of a talk I did for the Savannah Podcasting Meetup about How to create a podcast from an idea. Repeatedly! in Savannah, Georgia on September 19, 2019:

Here is the slide deck from this presentation:

Tools I use for podcasting:

99Designs

Audioboom

WordPress

Zoom

Questions?

 

Tools I Use: Objectives and Key Results

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What is an OKR?

Why use Objectives and Key Results (OKR)?

Why not just use KPIs or just keep using roadmaps?

Roadmaps are floating and fluid, but do not necessarily address objectives nor key results aside from what might get done once they start. Aside from feature building, what is the point of all this work? Welcome to the world of OKRs.

I digested the audiobook titled Radical Focus about OKRs which was a great 3.5 hour primer in the use of them in a startup.

Here are a few more resources on OKRs:

Roadmap Alternative FAQ

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/trust-engineers

When Performance Is Measured By Results

Do you use OKRs? Why or why not?

Questions?

How Do I: use Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular home assistant services that come with an Amazon Echo device.

Devices

Have two of the Echo Dot in my house. One in my kitchen and one in my master bathroom.

A friend of mine has at least 5 of these devices throughout his house

What do use it for?

I listen to:

my daily flash briefing of news stories that I care about and podcasts by asking “Alexa, flash briefing” [all pre-set selection of “skills” I have picked on http://alexa.amazon.com%5D

it as our stereo during dinner parties by asking “Alexa, play jazz”

I ask for:

Weather by asking “Alexa, weather”

Time by asking “Alexa, time” rather than having clocks in every room or glancing at my phone since I rarely wear a watch in sunny Bluffton, South Carolina

Timer in the kitchen is helpful “Alexa, timer 15 minutes”

When trying to figure out what to do with bacon grease, I asked “Alexa, how do I dispose of grease” for an answer from Wikihow.

If that news story has little or no value to me, I say “Alex, Next” to skip forward.

When it acts up or I am done I ask “Alexa, stop”

When do I use it?

When I am preparing a meal or preparing myself for the day in the bathroom (yes, I have one in the master bathroom instead of a radio), I often listen to Alexa. Most often in the morning, but sometimes around dinner time.

More commands

Here is a great list of Alexa commands here, thanks to Ben Smith.