Work From Home Productively With These Surprisingly Beneficial Tools

work from home
work from home

At one point in time, companies offered opportunities to work from home as a type of benefit or luxury. Now, during such an unprecedented time, working from home is increasingly common, if not mandatory, as a part of society’s “new normal.”

However, each off-site work environment and experience are unique and present different hindrances to productivity. Some employees are work-from-home parents who must find a balance between simultaneously completing job tasks and fulfilling parental responsibilities. 

Other employees—even those unaccompanied by family—may find that working from home just doesn’t work for them. It’s easy to find distractions when we’re left to our own devices—like continuously checking our mobile devices (pun intended).

Productivity Expert Mike Vardy On Daily Themes

Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy has an intriguing way of thinking about productivity – on his website, he states, “productivity isn’t productivity.” Rather, it’s “the partnership between intention, what you intend to do, and attention. You can’t just have one to be productive. You need BOTH.” 

Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, productivity strategist, and founder of Productivityist, a program that offers tailored coaching, workshops, and tools for individuals and organizations looking to level up their productivity. He also created a time management and productivity system called TimeCrafting that helps people make the most out of their time every single day. 

We talked to Mike about the importance of intention and daily themes, setting limits on email, his routine as a night owl, and more. Check out the full interview below.  

Author Chris Bailey Is The Most Productive Person You’ll Ever Meet

Chris Bailey

The Productivity Giants Series is all about, well, productivity, so doesn’t it make sense that we went straight to the source? Hailed as “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED, Chris Bailey is a productivity expert and the author of two books, The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus

Chris Bailey has spent years personally experimenting with any and every technique that could positively affect your productivity. He also speaks to organizations around the world about how they can become more productive – without hating the process. Add a popular blog and podcast to the mix, and yeah – we think he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to productivity. 

We talked to Chris about the worst productivity advice he’s ever heard, the importance of letting your mind wander, and creating automatic accountability for yourself. Read on for the full interview.

Founder Jerry Colonna On How To Find Fulfillment In A Chaotic World

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.”

Sonya Looney Can Teach You How To Do Hard Things

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! 

Asynchronous Communication And Why It Matters For Remote Teams

 

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

Effective Time Management Techniques for Remote Workers

 

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.