Remotely Working

Remotely Working is Launching on May 4th!

May the Fourth be with you!

Nerdy Star Wars fan stuff aside, May 4th, 2020, will be a special day because…

…we’re launching Remotely Working, our new podcast for remote workers to help them integrate their lives and work well.

To give a good foundation of what we’re going to talk about, we are launching with three episodes:

  • An intro of the show
  • My remote worker origin story
  • And a discussion about work/life integration (because who needs balance anymore right?)

I’d love to see Remotely Working break into the Apple Podcasts New and Noteworthy section, and we can get there together!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Subscribe to Remotely Working in your podcast player of choice.
  2. Give us a review or recommendation on Apple Podcasts.
  3. Tweet out the link. You can use the text below if you like.

    “I’m a #remoteworker and I’m listening to today!”

The more people we can get listening, the more we can help along on their journey.

I’ll see you on on May 4th!


058: Where We Head Next

Remote work is on the rise at an astronomical rate right now. Justin shares some thoughts on where Process and Effective Remote Work needs to head next to help out.

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Simple Strategies to Focus While Working Remotely

Are you having trouble focusing while working from home? There are some radically simple things you can do to help stay focused.

  • Create Space
    • Close the office door or use headphones/music
    • Turn off notifications
    • Choose 20-60 minute blocks in the day for deep work
  • Clarify
    • Choose your 1-3 most important tasks
    • Do a mindsweep
  • Build Routines
    • Routines build focus (i.e. Pavlov’s dogs)
    • Start work at the same time each day
    • Do the same routine to start your day

We’re also launching a new podcast called Remotely Working soon. Sign up to stay notified!

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Remote Work is Exploding Right Now

Remote work is a trend that’s been on the rise for a number of years now.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, now many companies (and workers) are forced to experiment with working remotely, in many cases being highly unprepared for the new environment and circumstances that come with working from home.

This is why we rebranded to Effective Remote Work last year. Our aim is to help remote workers be effective in integrating work and life in a healthy and intentional way.

Since the rebrand, we’ve stuck pretty close to our roots in productivity and personal effectiveness. However, that’s not the full picture of the needs for remote workers.

While many remote companies are sharing their company policies and culture, the remote worker usually gets left to a listicle about making sure you have a separate office and put clothes on.

Let’s be honest — working remotely requires so much more than that to be effective.

You need to manage your relationships, both work and personal, differently.

If you lead, you need to lead differently.

You even need to consider different tools for the job at hand, possibly even at your own expense.

That’s why we at Effective Remote Work are aiming to help remote workers across all these areas, productivity included.

And that’s also why we’re announcing a new podcast called Remotely Working.

We plan to launch in the next few weeks, so if you’re interested in tuning in, sign up in the link above and watch your email inbox for more information!


057: On Roam Research

Reflections on using a brand new operating system, plus a dive into why Roam Research might be the note-taking tool you’re looking for.

Plus we have a brand new resource to help you up your weekly review game.


056: The Power of the Next Action

Next actions are a key concept of GTD and can alleviate a lot of stress when working on projects that the path to the outcome is not clear. This week, we explore what using next actions could look like for you.


055: Staying Hopeful in a Time of Fear

Coronavirus/COVID-19 can put you in a down funk. However, the world is in a better state than it appears, and there’s always good to be found to stay hopeful.


054: Automation – Is It Worth It?

Automation can help you do repetitive tasks quickly, but it can also be a huge time sink. We discuss major considerations you need to make when getting into automation and some ways to get started. Plus, Justin shares an update on how he’s faring with OmniFocus.


Be Successful with a Flexible Schedule

Being able to set your own hours and schedule for work is a dream for most people. With all those benefits come the responsibility to manage yourself well to be successful. Some quick tips to be more successful:

  • Remember you don’t have to be all over the place with your work hours
  • Set consistent hours but be flexible as you need
  • Work with your biological prime time
  • Set aside deep work time
  • Use the 2 minute rule to get going
  • Use the Pomodoro technique to stay focused – Communicate well

WATCH: Be Successful with a Flexible Schedule

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Surviving (and Thriving) Remote Work During Coronavirus

If you’ve never worked remotely before, it can be a daunting and stressful experience. Combine this with school closures, and it can feel like a recipe for productivity disaster. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while you’re working remotely for the first time that will help you be more successful. Remember that you need to:

  • Be more intentional in your communication
  • Have people you can talk to if you’re feeling down
  • Set boundaries with work spaces and times
  • Don’t get too stressed out

Remote work can be a huge benefit to family and work life, but be sure to explore changing your habits to be better at it because it’s very different from working in an office.

WATCH: Surviving (and Thriving) Remote Work During Coronavirus