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

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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