You can read all of the remote work, work at home, and telework advice in the world, but none of it matters unless you take action. Action is the key to change, and change is the key to results.
To set your remote work up to be a massive success, you have to ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.
Today I’m going to make it easier for you to take the action you need to take to improve your quality of life dramatically. All you have to do is set aside 10 minutes per day for 7 days to tackle each of the 7 simple steps below until you have mastered them.
Action #1: Start Working Remotely
Why this is important: To optimize your remote work lifestyle you first need to have a remote work lifestyle. If you are not already working remotely, now is the time to begin. If you are partially working remotely and want to go remote full-time, now is the time to start.
Ask for permission to begin working remotely one day per week starting next week or additional days per week as applicable.
If your employer is not open to this plan, it may be time to make a change of direction in your career and life.
Review the following posts to learn how to do this:
Action #2: Overcome and Avoid Loneliness and Isolation Completely
Why this is important: A huge risk of remote work is becoming a hermit and losing your connections to the outside world. Especially at the beginning when the novelty of working in your boxers has not yet wore off.
The good news is that there are more ways than can be counted to avoid this fate.
A couple of suggestions off the top of mind; meet a friend or colleague this week for coffee or lunch, restart an old hobby, begin a class or sport. Make this a weekly habit. Need more ideas?
Action #3: Take a Vacation, a Real Vacation
Why this is important: It is really easy to become completely consumed by your work and get burned out. When you work remotely, sometimes you stay “on” 24*7*52. This is unhealthy and unproductive.
The reason that 40 hour work weeks became prominent in the 20th century is because the evidence proved that this was the optimal work week for the majority of workers.
Get rid of the guilt today. Even though your life rocks because you have more flexibility than cubicle dwellers, you deserve and need an occasional break.
Schedule a vacation and watch your happiness and productivity soar when you return. Need more tips on this?
Action #4: A Healthy Life Is a Happy Life
Why this is important: Even when working remotely, it’s easy to tune out the world and sit on your butt hours on end in front of a monitor drinking coffee and cheap supermarket donuts. This is not good for your body or brain. To function optimally you need exercise.
You are in an enviable position. Take advantage of it by exercising regularly, this can be short walks every few hours, running at the start or end of the day, joining a fitness club, participating in sports, or some combination of all of the above.
Action #5: An Optimized Workspace Is An Effective Workspace
Why this is important: Back pain? Eye strain? Some other “ain” or “ism” bothering you? Your workspace has an impact on your health and productivity, and thus your wealth.
Get a quality office chair when working at home. Buy good quality equipment. Install proper lighting.
Action #6: Remote Work Is Not Enough, Are You Living Your Passion. Make Every Day A Friday
Why this is important: You work remote, good. You hate what you do for a living, bad, very bad.
In an ideal and optimized life, every day is a Friday. You should do work that excites you and lights your fire every morning so you look forward to getting started each day. Here is a course that will get you started down this path.
Action #7: Learning Is a Lifelong Passion, Keep Building Your Skills and Be Prepared For Work 4.0
You need to get ready by learning the attitude and skills that will make you successful in Work 4.0 and beyond.
Ever see the show “Doomsday Preppers”? If not, here is my quick summary; a bunch of wackos and weirdos barricade themselves in old school bus’s in the middle of nowhere surrounded by guns and 20 years of dried food waiting for the end of the world.
OK, maybe I’m being dramatic. Seriously, think of yourself as a Work 4.0 Prepper, because the work world as we know it is ending.
Remember, take action today.