In a public forum, renowned author Seth Godin asked professionals to share their approach to working remotely. Here are a excerpts of their responses I gleaned as they thunderously chimed in.
Create a designated working space with everything in reach.
Deep work in the morning. Lighter work in afternoon.
Go outside at least once a day
Divide time into 30 minute segments, making sure a task is attached to each. Regular short breaks, food.
Stick to a schedule and treat self to a half hour sitcom during lunch. A good lunch keeps mindset light.
I work from home but my husband doesn’t. Feel like my space is being invaded a little. I always stick to a routine and make sure I dress as though I’m leaving the house. That helps my mindset a lot.
Shower and dress well. Focus on one (only one) major item to accomplish that day.
Act as if you are in an office. Dress, voice and stature. Be even more engaged by email and on calls ideally video. Make presence felt virtually. Do brief turn-the-chair around update chats by messenger and quick zoom call.
How can some (e.g. a dentist) work from home? In response to this question personally I say, plan, strategize future business and/or personal goals.
Do breathing exercises and make sure environment working in isn’t distracting.
Take one hour shift with partner to manage young kids home from school.
Eat lunch with friends over video calls.
Set up own schedule and share with friends to chat when not working
Building a machine learning model.
No prototype…no work meeting. Have a tangible artifact to collaborate on or review
The one thing I appreciate is that I can work from home (and thinking of those who cannot).
More focused… meaning work gets done earlier than disruptions in office (i.e. called to meetings, discussions etc). Then Netflix to end the day.
This is a time to reflect, learn and innovate.
Bought flowers this week. Brightens the view on a rainy day
Made office space private and more organized. When door closed, no one bothers.
Set a goal that you can meet each day that will help you feel accomplished at the end of the day. Oh… and talk to someone each day about something other than work. Social distancing does not mean social isolation.
Any missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear!
With the influx of the pandemic worldwide many regular activities have come to a halt. Kids are home from school. Businesses have closed or implemented work-from-home with only a skeletal staff in office. Things are just basically at a standstill. What can you do when the work stops? When maintaining Social Distance confines you to your home? Beauty Bites and Radical Transformation Projects gave a few tips. Here I share my personal favs of 21 things that you can try:
Sleep. Go ahead. You’ve always wanted to do it. Now you’ve got the time. Do it
Listen to an audio-book
Create a vision board of your dream life and hang it where you can see it
Read a book
Start a blog
Watch motivational speeches online
Make a self-care kit for when you feel down
Plan your week, month, year!
Learn a new recipe
Write a list of things you are thankful for
Dance! Dance in your home
Go for a walk.
Make a list of things you’re grateful for
Learn a new language
Make a list of the places you would like to visit
Declutter your phone
Plan to do something different every month for the rest of the year
That’s how you grow. Be curious. Do something that don’t interest you. Sounds contrary to today’s thinking right? But it’s a valuable lesson. Many are the career paths and relationships that we never thought would interest us.
HBR Writer Joseph Grenny shared in his stance on being creative on the go. Included in it was his stance on doing something that does not interest you. Personally, I never thought of photography but based on my writing interest developed years ago, I realized that I needed photographs to go with my social media posts. Rather than buying, I chose to take them. This has developed an unexpected interest in photography through taking just about anything. My preferred pics include nature, the sand, sea, waves, and just about anything other selfie-takers may miss around them.
So today I encourage you to do something different. Who knows you may find a new delectable pleasure you can’t resist.
Comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
Comfort zones…, don’t you just love ’em? I have always taken pride in the care of my skin, especially my face. I just hate it when it looks neglected. When I was 18 years old, I discovered a skincare product that worked. Many years after i moved away, I would import the product because…it worked. When it became increasingly difficult for me to access the product, I embarked on a research to find a replacement product that would work as well.
In so doing I found one. Yea! Me happy! Then years later, I discovered that I couldn’t find that product!!! What the heck?! I searched Amazon (they have everything right)? Sure enough, I still couldn’t find it. Now what am I going to do? Implement the same ritual? Research to find a replacement? Just hate that!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas! The Holidays! Whatever you call it… to me its the most wonderful time of the year! People are kind, joyful, generous, smiling, pretty-all dressed up for those office parties, and family gatherings! There’s sumptuous food, Folly jolly chocolate delights, gifts and so much more! Yes, I know there’s always the Grinch but they’re just a few, so let’s not let them spoil it for us too.
Music of the Season
The season kicks off with holiday music… and today I would love to share them all! Hey, I’m just kidding! I will just share 11 of my favs!
All I want want for Christmas is you (Mariah Carey)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Andy Williams)
Just love the holidays! Absolutely love the holidays! The air is different. The spirit of Christmas is evident. Family, laughter, fun, and cheer fills the atmosphere. Lights everywhere brightens the sky ushering the spirit of the season. Not to mention the gifts; the fun; the parties and so much more.
Though I write and it brings me joy, there’s nothing like a good movie. I’m not talking the hallmark type where we can predict the end. It’s always the ideal ending. I’m talking real entertainment. Fun times with the family. Here I share 11 epic holiday movies.
A Christmas Story
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
A Christmas Carol
Jingle All The Way
Christmas With The Kranks
The Family Stone
Miracle on 34th Street
Curl up with popcorn, your favorite blanket, dog or your love and enjoy the delight of these unforgettable holiday movies.
From the list, how many have you seen? Any missing? Add your fav.
Get your copy of book GreenLight and start planning for your holiday gift list.
Feeling drained? Time for a Vacay? Getaway? Sounds good! It’s about time to step back, relax, reboot. Writers, Goal-seekers, new entrepreneurs, career upward mobilizers find it a drag to to take the time to Stop. But it’s in stopping that we are able to generate new ideas, boost our creativity to forge ahead on the horizon with boosted speed after.
Imagine taking a long road trip. It’s imperative to stop. I’m guilty as charged. Enter the plethora of Rest Stops for food, breaks, vehicle refuel, and rest. Laws propel this through enforcement of Drowsy Driving which refers to driving while ability impaired by fatigue. Want proof? Just ask truck drivers or someone who has suffered the severe consequences of accidents from tiredness. To keep going is a sure recipe for disaster.
Self-Care: 21 Ways to Recharge
Here are a 21 ideas shared by entrepreneurs on ways they recharge when feeling drained.
1-2 hour workout
Listen to Christian Music
Disconnect and go to a happy place
Go to the gym
Go for a long walk
Church & family
Guilty pleasure – TV watching
Find pictures that motivate to keep going
Think about positive things in life
Get a Massage
Watch good interviews
Worship and inspire
Go to the park with kids and tell them how important they are
Read motivating Book
Go shopping & Watch Movies that inspire
These comments came from survey of individuals on what they do to recharge. Do any of them resonate? Can you add any that’s missing?
Adopt the attitude to Stop. Reflect. Share. Then progress.
Waves splashing. Seas rough. Birds chirping. Softly. Quietly. Then louder as if composing a song. As if complaining … oh why so rough?
Now they fly. They soar. They meander. Still chirping high above beneath the sky. The white clouds embrace.
Waves calm down. Storm’s afloat. Passes by the outskirts as if to say, I’ll stop by next time…whenever that is. Behind it leaves weeds on the shore. Washed up. All aghast.
She Reads By The Sea
Book in hand she reads by the sea. Listening. Listening to the sounds of the waves. The birds. People shouting indistinctly in the distance. Soaking up the sun. Then softly covered by the clouds. Be still my soul.
Trees. Palm trees sway softly. Tenderly. Hear the birds call. The sun shines brightly against the afternoon’s wave.
The Right Time To Write
‘Tis the right time to write. To pray. To listen to the still small voice. Speak. Help me listen. Help me hear you. Don’t let me miss what you must say.
I hate my life. I hate my life. I hate my life. That’s the chant I heard her saying as I approached her. Why would anyone say that? Such negative thought.
She had lost her husband. Her job. Her house. Her children. Her sense of independence. She felt she had nothing to live for. Beautiful. Smart. Educated professional she was, life had handed her difficulties. She thought she could never overcome life’s storms.
What were the right words to say to someone such as this?
When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.
Only the strong survive.
Hold on, never give up.
The tide will change. Keep going.
While there’s life there’s hope.
Will she find solace in any of these? I’m sure. Your thoughts? Do share. We would love to hear.
As I look over the circus of things I like, I realize that though I enjoy them and they bring me satisfaction, I find myself not doing them as much and in some cases at all. For over two decades I have been caught up in work, work, work. So this prompt helped me pull away and ponder the things I once enjoyed, or get to enjoy on a rare occasion.
But even as I finalize the list I realize that life’s not promised, so I intend to start doing the things I like and stop leaving them for …one day soon.
Watch The Waves By The Sea
That said, the things I like are:
Explore the world
Enjoy a good laugh
Acting | Participating in drama presentations
Wearing a smile
See people mentored achieve their best potential
Write, ponder, reflect
Decorate the house
Watch HGTV | Travel channel
Learn new things
Enjoy the company of my two young adult kids
Dream of Venice | Alaska
People watch in downtown Disney, Washington DC Parks
Watch the waves by the beach
Nature – stare at birds, squirrels, and circus of trees
Look out at the horizon from a hill or mountain
Capturing candid photos (new experience)
Finding a new route after getting lost in a new place (yikes!)
Solving a mystery or a problem
New baby hugs
Listening to that Still Small Voice Of Faith
Any of the above resonate. Do share. We would love to hear.