Welcome back to the Productivity Giants Series! We took a break, but now we’re back interviewing interesting and motivating people on all things productivity tips and workflow. Stay tuned to see who we feature this season!
Jerry Colonna has had a few exciting careers over the years – he started out as a venture capitalist, then worked as an independent coach, and now he’s an author and co-founder.
His latest endeavor is a coaching company called Reboot.io, and was born out of his experience being one of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches. Gimlet Media even hailed him as the “CEO Whisperer”! Reboot offers comprehensive leadership development for individuals, teams, and organizations, and operates on the belief that our work can lead to the full realization of our human potential. They promote the idea that “Work doesn’t have to destroy us. Work can be the way we achieve our fullest selves.”
Welcome back to the Productivity Giants Series! We took a break, but now we’re back interviewing interesting and motivating people on all things productivity and workflow. Stay tuned to see who we feature this season!
Let’s kick it off with Sonya Looney, a multi-hyphenate if we’ve ever seen one – World Champion Mountain Biker, Top 100 Podcast Host, Brand Owner and Designer, Freelance Writer, Keynote Speaker, High-Performance Health Coach…the list goes on!
Sonya has certainly led a successful and prestigious career, and now she’s giving back by teaching others her tips on building a resilient inner narrative using positive psychology, mental toughness, and mindfulness-based techniques. She focuses on helping others enjoy challenges, explore their potential, and find more energy and fulfillment in life.
Sonya’s mission statement is “You can do hard things! I’ll teach you how.” We were curious to see how Sonya finds the time and energy to both push herself and others to do hard things every day. Check out her insights below!
Many companies not familiar with remote work before COVID-19 are suddenly overcompensating with more communication, in the form of copious video calls and the expectation that employees respond to messages as quickly as possible.
This is an understandable impulse, as concerned managers want to make sure workflow is not slowed, while anxious employees want to show they’re “at work” and not taking advantage of the situation or slacking off.
Unfortunately, approaching remote work in this way can quickly turn toxic and lead to burnout, while undermining employee’s ability to get things done. Instead of tethering remote employees to online communication tools, leaders should be doing what remote-first companies have been doing for years: adopting asynchronous communication.
Working from home offers excellent opportunities to boost productivity. With so many types of team collaboration tool to choose from, communicating remotely is becoming almost as easy as it is in an office environment. But while good communication is key to remote working, time management is another important aspect to factor in.
When you’re working solo, it’s easy to get distracted or disengaged; both of which are highly detrimental to the quality and quantity of work produced.
If your job involves asynchronous and remote work, then you’ve probably already heard of (and use) a lot of the well-known communication and project management apps with your team, including Slack, Asana, Trello, Todoist, Microsoft Teams, and Notion. But, no single app can quite do everything, so there are probably a few areas in your daily workflow you just haven’t found the right tool for yet. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best apps for asynchronous remote work that you probably aren’t using yet, but will want to add to your tech stack ASAP.
As the Founder and CEO of Curtis Financial Planning, Inc, a 20-year-old independent financial advisory firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she wears lots of different hats and consistently juggles competing priorities. Her firm helps individuals, primarily women and their families, with financial planning and investment management, and their mission is to partner with their clients to help them make smart decisions with their money so that they reach their goals and live a life free of money worries.
Despite more and more types of business collaboration tools getting introduced, email remains the number one way we communicate with one another while in the workplace. Meaning proper formalities need to be observed. Doing so helps make a decent impression on clients, your colleagues, and management, particularly now as most of us are doing remote work.
Using the right language and formatting each time means establishing your professionalism to those you’re in contact with, as well as helping get your message across without any ambiguity.
With that in mind, here’s how to improve your email etiquette.