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5 Great Ways To Work Effectively From Anywhere

5 Great Ways To Work Effectively From Anywhere

Gone are the days, where people use to sit in their offices and work from a computer with a telephone stuck on their ear all the time. It’s a new world out there, where you don’t necessarily need an office from which to work. The world has evolved into this dynamic platform that is not defined by physical boundaries anymore; rather, it is strongly connected with the evolution of information technology and wireless communication. The anytime anywhere working culture is making it increasingly hard for professionals to  work effectively.

Wireless communications have enabled us to be more productive as we work on the go with people from around the world 24/7. With the help of our Smartphones and Tablets we can send and receive files, talk via video call, attend virtual meetings and so forth regardless of where we are. Remote access to our files has made traveling with data easier. Here are five ways how you can make the most out of working on the go:

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1. Share your schedule

Make a schedule in advance and share it with important people, including details on how to reach you. This will keep your meetings organized with co-workers and other parties. People who will be depending on you to get their work done will be able to reach you as well. Take special care of your schedule and make every attempt to be available for those who depend on you despite of you being out of the office for a day, week or month.

2. Don’t lose your focus

It is easy to get distracted with beautiful sights around you. Don’t let your environment distract you from completing your work. Stick to the schedule you have set for yourself. You are away from your office, and you have no one to keep a check on you, thus, you are your own motivator and a lot of people depend on you to get the work done. Rigorously follow your schedule, and any updates in your schedule should be conveyed to all parties involved. Maintain a to-do list and review it after every few hours.

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3. Be your own savior

Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, you are supposed to fix situations as you see fit.  Whenever you find yourself in a situation outside the comforts of your office, you have to be a little creative and responsive to get through it. Assess the situation and take into account the resources at your disposal, improvise if you have to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.

4. Take time out for socializing

It’s easy to get lost in the routine of work away from work. You start to feel a little lost without your usual social interactions. Pause! And take a breather. Go out with people who you have been recently interacting with and if you haven’t had personal contact with people, take out time to socialize with people. Consider scheduling virtual coffee breaks with co-workers or other colleagues who also work outside the office. It will revitalize you, giving you an energy boost so you can focus on your work again.

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5. Make backups

If you travel often, there are bound to be mishaps. You can be robbed, your equipment can malfunction or you can misplace your equipment. So keep data backups. The most convenient one is carrying data in a USB, but travelling with USB’s can also lead them to get lost. So introduce yourself to the world of cloud computing, where you can sync data online and access it anywhere with a few keystrokes. Backup your phones, because your contacts are priceless. In case of malfunction or loss of your phone, you can have your address book restored.

 

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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