I’ve written quite a bit about travel. I do believe that it’s an amazing lifestyle but after a three month stint on the road while trying to run a company, it’s a lot more difficult than I originally thought. It seems fairly obvious to think that a persistent lifestyle of travel would be difficult but I’m an optimist and don’t really hold to traditional standards.
I know every remote worker has “one of those days,” where he or she feels a little less motivated than usual. When I’m dragging my feet, I like to turn to well-written, inspirational blogs to motivate me and give me productivity tips so I can start cranking out tasks.
For when you’re having a low point in your day, turn to some inspirational and motivational reading for a pick-me-up. I’d thought I’d share some great blogs that I like to turn to. I love them all because there’s always something new that I learn and I walk away feeling refreshed and inspired. Check them out:
In this new podcast series, Sqwiggle Co-founder Matt Boyd discusses with other founders and CEOs regarding their experiences in building a company. In this episode we’ll talk with Wade Foster from Zapier, Walter Chen from iDoneThis and J Sherwani from Screenhero about building and working with distributed teams. Is it really possible and if so, how practical is it? Find out in this episode of Behind the Business!
Effective teams and collaboration is needed for any and all teams. It’s just more challenging for ones that are distributed or remote. This is because ties are generally weaker within a remote team, since there are fewer opportunities to bond.
If you don’t focus on improving the collaboration and communication in your virtual workplace, it create a weaker team, straining your company from its potential.
To help you foster a successful and effective virtual workplace, we’ve created 10 rules you should use to improve your remote collaboration efforts:
Ever thought about blogging as a method of marketing to your audience? What about video?
In this quick vlog, Sqwiggle Co-founder @mattboyd discusses a few key ways to stay consistent in your marketing efforts and the importance of doing so.
The coworking trend has been getting a lot of popularity in recent years. Lots of telecommuters, startups, and freelancers are leaving their home offices to opt for a coworking membership instead.
A coworking space is a great place to get work done, also. It mimics a traditional office, but brings together all sorts of people from different organizations. However, they’re not for everybody, just like how working at home or in a coffee shop isn’t for everyone.
If you’re having trouble deciding on whether you should commit to a coworking space membership, see if the following situations apply to you:
Remote workers are increasing, and so are the number of coworking spaces! (You didn’t think that all work at home employees only worked at home, did you?)
Coworking spaces are shared working environments where you can rent a space to work or collaborate. Unlike a traditional office, coworking spaces have people who work for different organizations walk in an out every single day. And this new type of space is popping up everywhere (I even went to go check one out myself in San Francisco).
According to a survey conducted by Deskmag, they’ve found that coworking spaces are doubling worldwide every year. One of the top reasons why people head to coworking spaces is because they want the interaction with other people (84%). As you can imagine, that’s hard to come by when you’re working at home alone.
So if you’re a remote worker, definitely check out a coworking space sometime. It could be a nice change up from your regular work from home routine.
The following infographic by Deskmag illustrates statistics on how coworking has changed and how it has progressed.
We all know that remote teams have unique challenges that don’t necessarily exist on a traditional team. Actually, when you’re not in the presence of your team everyday, things actually can be really weird.
For instance, you never get to truly get to know your team members; when you’re with each other all the time, you get to familiarize themselves with each other, learn individual personalities, understand habits, etc. You even get to the point where you know your teammate is in a bad mood just by the way he/she walked in the door.
All of this is lost when you become part of a remote team. Talking to your teammates periodically can feel like you’re talking to a stranger, and you may never get to that point to where you really know and trust the person on the other side. You’ll never get to know their quirks and sense of humor. They’ll always be distant.
This is a serious problem. Not only does this weaken teams, but it can also hurt the business as a whole. If team members don’t trust each other, then they have less loyalty to their team, the manager, and then to the business. This can result in unhappy employees, high turnover rates, or even poor quality of work. You get the point. It’s not good.
Now how do we fix something like this? With the increase of telecommuting and flexible jobs, clearly this style of working isn’t going to stop and head in the reverse direction. The solution is to figure out what’s currently broken with remote teams, and figure out how to fix it. And many of these issues can be resolved by utilizing online video collaboration to bridge the gaps. Here’s how it can fix the most common problems in remote working:
Everything’s a no before it’s a yes. That’s typically our thinking at Sqwiggle, especially when it comes to new features and user interface. I’d almost say that the no’s are more important than the yes’s.
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs
I’ve written in the past about over thinking products and adding meaningless features but in this post, I’d like to put focus on a very simple but powerful expression and product design. It’s the no.
It’s all about the no.
The ability to strategically saying no can be the most powerful weapon you have in your design arsenal because when utilized properly, mistakes can be avoided which will ultimately lead you down a path of success. So how can you avoid useless features?
Some days are harder to jumpstart than others. We’ve all had those days when you wake up in the morning, the bed seems a little more cozier than usual and jumping on the computer is the last thing you want to do.
When you’re a remote worker, it can be even harder to find motivation since nobody is there in the room with you.
I just wanted to let you know that we all have those days and you’re not alone. It can help to read a few inspirational quotes to remind you about your goals and to start your engine for the day. Check out these quotes on discipline, motivation, focus, and time management: