Book of the Week – Remote: Office Not Required
Remote is the latest book from the founders of 37Signals and Basecamp. I really enjoyed their last book, Rework.
Their latest effort is about the shift to remote workers and the virtual workplace. I am not sure the business world has caught up with the thoughts presented here. (Or ever will!)
However, the common sense and ideas here provide many a-ha moments.
This book is a great quick read and I highly recommend it.
Get Remote: Office Not Required on Amazon.
Do you get frustrated with your lack of productivity?
If you concentrate only on what you are not getting done, it can be disheartening.
When was the last time you stopped and recognized your productivity wins?
Take pride in your achievements, no matter how small they seem.
Sometimes, it’s the little productivity wins that make all the difference.
This is a guest post by Rashelle Isip. Rashelle is a consultant, blogger and founder of The Order Expert, a blog featuring organizing, time management and productivity tips, ideas and inspiration to help people ‘round the world “kick chaos to the curb.”
You’ve got an appointment in 15 minutes that is just five minutes from your office.
You tell yourself you have plenty of time to get to the appointment, so you’ll finish one more task. But before you know it, 15 minutes have come and gone and you’re 10 minutes late to your appointment!
How did you manage to arrive late to an appointment that is merely five minutes away?
Most people are happy with average.
They embrace the status quo. (Even fight to maintain it!)
They set expectations low, to prevent disappointment.
They don’t know what good is, because they are satisfied with mediocre.
However, if you want to rise above… if you want to reach levels of success you haven’t attained… then you must raise the bar.
“I don’t have time.”
It’s a common refrain. (And excuse…)
Yet, you control what you do with your time each day.
To get more done, you need to cut out the frivolous activities eating up your time.
Are you wasting half of your day?
Do you need an extra set of hands at work?
Maybe you should consider delegating some of your tasks to a virtual assistant.
You might be surprised just how much time and effort you can save with a VA.
Of course, the first question is, “What do I delegate to a virtual assistant?“
Some days it seems like all you do is email.
You get to the end of the day and you haven’t escaped your inbox.
Are you stuck endlessly processing emails instead of getting work done?
The first step is always the hardest, so they say.
It’s the step that most people never take.
They never begin, and thus by default, they can never finish.
What first step do you need to take to make your dream happen?
Have you ever been to a meeting where everyone just sits around a table?
No coherent conversations take place because everyone is working on something else.
Laptops are out. Cell phones are on. And no one is even paying attention to the topic at hand.
Afterwards, you feel like the meeting was a waste and wonder why it was even scheduled.
Does this sound like your last meeting?
In our hyper-active world, it seems that there is always something to worry about.
If it’s not ourselves, our loved ones, or friends, then we have gas prices, the government, or other social issues of the day.
What keeps your mind spinning?
Are you so busy worrying that you are not getting your work done?