The concept of remote work has suddenly come to the forefront, with more of us working from home than ever before. But how do we work from home well? How do we do it in a way that allows us to be more productive and purpose-filled, as opposed to being apathetic and distracted? That is our focus today as we unpack 10 ways to work, and thrive, from home!
[1:02] Craig introduces the topic of thriving in the midst of unprecedented circumstances while working from home. He stresses the importance of using this time well to help move our businesses forward.
[2:19] Craig shares his story and his experience of working from home for 17 years and adapting to the new normal.
[3:59] Craig lists a number of pain points you might relate to as you transition to working from home. Some pain points may create apathy, while others can be leveraged for good! Craig shares an interesting example of Parkinson’s Law from his college experience.
10 Ways to Work and Thrive from Home
[8:57] #1 Shower and groom yourself - how to get yourself prepped and ready so you’re motivated to work. Craig stresses how this strategy is important to implement early on.
[10:38] #2 Establish a clear schedule and routine - how you need to course-correct when your routine has been disrupted. Craig shares examples of how to map out a schedule and explains how it combats distractions.
[13:12] #3 Pick the right technology tools to manage your schedule and your life - the different categories of tools and apps you can choose from. Craig shares some helpful examples and strategies for picking tools.
[15:23] #4 Create a task list for each day and week - how to plan out and evaluate your week. Craig explains how this process can motivate you and show where you can improve.
[17:30] #5 Practice time blocking - how it can be an effective strategy for organizing your day and making sure you complete projects. Craig suggests examples of effective ways to block your time.
[19:57] #6 Identify and conquer your productivity pitfalls - Craig shares examples of what might be distractions in our lives right now and how conquering them can make us better versions of ourselves.
[22:35] #7 Create an aesthetically-pleasing workspace - how it helps create a good work-life rhythm. Craig describes some elements that can be inspiring and suggests how you can work with what you have.
[25:22] #8 Build in some self-care activities - the types of activities and habits that are important to keep you healthy and make you more productive in your work.
[26:50] #9 Track your accomplishments every week - an example of how you can track your execution of tasks in a way that’s motivating even in the midst of a crisis.
[28:30] #10 Set healthy boundaries between work and personal life - how to ensure your personal relationships grow and develop during this unique time together. Craig stresses the importance of creating these boundaries and shares an example from his own life.
[30:50] Bonus: Be grateful - how we can nurture gratitude in our life and business.
[32:18] Recap of the 10 ways to work and thrive from home
Resources and tools discussed in this episode:
The Freelancer’s Checklist to Working (and Thriving) from Home https://www.freelanceu.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Freelance_Home_Checklist.pdf
My Hours https://myhours.com/
Pomodoro Technique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique
The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington https://12weekyear.com/
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