How to Benefit from New Alternative Workspaces

3 Benefits of the new "remote" work environment

Remote working has evolved for the past several years or even a decade ago. Today, we have virtual teams spread out all over the world. Businesses can run with Slack, an internet connection, and some great support staff.

Remote Working Environment

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Assistants no longer have to be right outside your door, rather they can be halfway around the world coordinating your business from a laptop.

Remote working certainly has morphed, but it's not just about working in a different time zone; it can also be about working in a different location.

Some people need a quiet place to work while others can work from virtually anywhere. Starbucks has made it easy to build a business from a coffee shop.

In today’s workplace, employees are craving alternative work environments. They want the Starbucks-feel without having to leave their campus.

How to Combat Distraction in the Workplace

Workplace distraction is a growing problem for companies today. In fact, companies are struggling to help employees of all generations deal with these changing conditions.

Work in a Coffee Shop

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The problem is, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, there are many solutions to the issues.

Do you struggle with distractions? Distractions emerge in various forms. They can be:

  • Auditory (phone, hallway conversations, loud talkers)
  • Technological (Facebook, Slack, Twitter, text messages)
  • Visual (somebody walking by)

These distractions pull us out of our “deep work” as Cal Newport says. When we are in our “deep work” state, we are hyper-focused and able to complete more items.

Lack Of Focus In The Workplace Is Growing

Two Triggers to Help You Keep Your Focus

Have you ever considered the type of work environment where you thrive? Do you need a quiet space to work, think and operate within or can you sit at a Starbucks to get it all done?

Focus on Work

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As work environments move towards more community-based style, an important question arises … will you be able to focus in the new environment and get the same amount work done?

Employers are wrestling with this very question.

How to Make Journaling Part of Your Life

Six Tools to Help You Journal

When you think of journaling, what comes to your mind? Journaling has evolved over the years. The creator of The Five Minute Journal has been journaling since he was fourteen or fifteen years old.

Coffee and Notebook

The days of the diary still exist but in different forms. Developing a journaling habit must be intentional. Over the years, I have had several journals. Most of my journals have centered around travel. I shared some of my actual handwritten travel journal entries in my 40 for 40 series.

As I have grown in my understanding of journaling, I still appreciate the beauty of a handwritten journal; however, I now use tools that fit my digital workflow.

Journals help us …

  • Process our thoughts and emotions
  • Connect our mind and heart
  • Lead to “aha” moments on a subject
  • Create an environment of growth
  • Show our progress

Why the Handwritten Note is Still Powerful Today

4 Reasons to Write (Instead of Type) a Note

Do you remember the feeling you had when you received your first handwritten note in the mail?

Handwritten Note

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I vaguely remember the feeling back then, but I remember how nice it is to return from a trip or rough day, and there is a note waiting for me.

It doesn't happen as much anymore with email and texting, but when you do get that card, it feels special.

In this age of texts and emails, the power of the handwritten note means a lot more.

Why Habit Tracking is Good & 3 Apps to Use

At the start of 2017, I determined that I wanted to develop more habit goals than achievement goals.

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A quick recap …

  • Achievement or Outcome Goals – these have a deadline attached to them. For example, read 25 books by June 1.
  • Habit Goals – these goals have a start date. For example, write every day for 30 days beginning February 1.

Each year, I set between seven and ten goals. These goals are a mix between personal and professional.

Whether I am setting personal or vocational goals, I use the app trackers to help me stay on target and making progress towards my goals.

Three Habit Tracking Apps

  1. Productive – this is a new app I downloaded at the beginning of the year. I heard great things about the app from people at Macstories and the Mac Power Users. It has a beautiful interface that makes it easy to track my habits.