Over the past 19 days, the ability to work from anywhere at any time has made all the difference in my business. Following the auto accident involving my parents, very little of my daily routine remained unaffected. I knew that attempting to maintain the status quo would cause a battle for time that was unnecessary. I decided to be flexible in many different areas that brought about some progress.
Many large buildings, including medical facilities, have wifi networks that support work in the lobby or the confines of a patient’s room. Access to the Internet provides a way to continue to make progress against the odds. Travel anywhere is possible when we think ahead and possess the tools we need to be productive while we are away from the home office.
Knowledge about the tools is an important part of completing tasks. Use of the how-to documents and videos on the Internet provides answers to my questions without interruption. Every question can be answered when I want to work without needing to ask another person.
Smaller segments of time were available to complete the pieces of my product. At first, I wondered how I would complete the work required to prepare for the launch of my first product. My task list was essential for my work because I had to start and stop constantly. Interruptions are normal when people enter and exit and call on the phone throughout the day. I found that late afternoon was the best time to delve into those tasks that required some concentration.
We all talk about the ability to work from virtually anywhere. I found the need to access the same documents, emails and websites from my home office and anywhere else. Maybe those central repositories are great for protecting our work against loss, but they are also excellent ways to find what we need wherever we work. Multiple computers create the need for finding the most current document at the moment it’s needed.
Maybe the most important factor in working through the most recent family event was the acceptance from other people. Staring at a computer screen is not out of the ordinary anymore. Even in the most obscure places, people are no longer surprised to find someone working online. Keeping in touch with family and friends was easier, too.
Sometimes returning to “normal” is the most challenging part of life’s challenges. I thought it would be easy to go back to having my time to work throughout the day. I have to remember to get more done each day since I have more time. The temptation to waste time is the greatest threat to continuing my progress.
What is your experience with working from virtually anywhere?
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