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Today we have a guest post from Tom Drews. Tom is the CEO and Founder of What Works! Communications, a company that helps people to design and deliver effective virtual presentations. He is considered to be a leader in the field, and his clients include Google, Symantec, CLIF Bar, McKesson and Citrix Online. You can […]

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Managing the 24 Hour Workshift

Posted by on 27 August 2010

This coming weekend, I’m taking some time off, to go on a mini-vacation with my husband. I’m both excited and nervous about it at the same time. Part of me is thrilled to be “shutting down” from my business for a few days. The other part of me is wondering if I can really do […]

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Self-Discipline Tips

Posted by on 26 August 2010

I believe one of the most important character traits of a successful workshifter is self-discipline. While working remotely obviously gives us all a great deal of freedom and flexibility, it’s up to us to put ourselves on a leash – figuratively, of course – in order to actually get things done and succeed. Without adequate […]

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Workshifting on a Train – Part 2

Posted by on 23 August 2010

  Okay, so I have returned from my workshifting train trip from NYC to Miami, and yes I am fully aware of how crazy that sounds.  I traveled on Amtrak for the duration of the trip using something that’s called a USA Rail Pass.  Basically, you receive 8 segments in 15 days for just under […]

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The Silent “D” in Workshifting

Posted by on 18 August 2010

The silent “D” in workshifting stands for self-discipline. The freedom of “office anywhere” allows us to have is sometimes dangerous for the new workshifter. It is easy for the high productivity environment created by working outside the office to have the opposite effect. Not having the office to discipline us requires that we discipline ourselves. […]

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When organizations and individuals start having conversations about workshifting, the discussion seems to naturally gravitate toward how to manage a person who isn’t sitting around an office all day. It’s a reality and unfortunately, this is where the workshifting concept can often get stuck. A basic tenet of workshifting is being able to manage yourself. […]

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One of the things we have been wrestling with is building a sound disaster recovery plan for our business. If you have never done it, disaster recovery quickly turns into one of those never ending rabbit holes that take a lot of planning to get it right. But all of this time I never really […]

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Since December 15, 2009, Melissa and I have been home for about 15 days.  Last week, we returned from a 91 day workshifting trip in Europe, and decided to ground ourselves in the East Village for a few weeks before our next adventure.  Problem: My little brother, who I call Boy, is graduating and he […]

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Developing a Firewall for the Mind

Posted by on 11 August 2010

I heard a great quote while on a webinar with Author and Wired Editor, Jonah Lehrer.  He was discussing the Paradox of Choice and Decision Theory, he said to think about the “why,” and “what” decision we are trying to make.  Doing so can help us “…avoid, avoidable mistakes.”  The essence of this boils down […]

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I’ve been workshifting since before there was a term for it. I started back in the late 90s, when I convinced my office that I could manage most of my project details remotely. By the early 2000s, when the company where I worked acquired a new building, I even built workshifting (then called telecommuting) into […]

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