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The Lonely Life of a Workshifter

Posted by on 30 November 2010

Remember the good ol’ days? Sitting in your cubicle, the din of the office in your ears – photocopiers running, footsteps walking the hall, your neighbors chit chatting. You’d meet a group of colleagues in the cafeteria for lunch or coffee, or if you were in high tech like me, a game of foosball. 8 […]

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The Power of Naps for Workshifters

Posted by on 29 November 2010

Last Friday I travelled up to London by train to attend a business networking party in the evening, followed by workshops all day on Saturday and Sunday.  I didn’t get home till late Sunday evening, caught up with emails etc. on Monday, and by late Tuesday morning I had a headache and felt like every […]

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When the Creativity Clock Strikes 12

Posted by on 24 November 2010

As students, we could pull all-nighters, cram hours before exams and prepare for weeks for one term paper. As humans and adults, we know whether we are morning people or night owls, if we can awaken without an alarm clock or if we are simply gluttons for sleep. In other words, for the most part, […]

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China Business News (CBN) reports that telecommuting offers the greatest potential for carbon emission reductions in China. Guo Yonghong, chairman of China Mobile Hubei, told an audience of environmental experts, local government officials and company representatives that telecommuting could save 340 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2020. Virtual meetings could save 623 million tons of […]

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In the last installment of this series, we talked about the need for workshifters to be problem solvers. But what happens if the ‘problem’ is another person? Well, that’s the fourth quality of workshifting – being able to handle personality conflicts. In reality, we’re not going to get along with everyone. But we still need […]

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Exploring La Vie Active

Posted by on 19 November 2010

By now you probably have a sense of my curiosity about how others interpret the working life. You might even say that I’m a bit of a voyeur when it comes to catching a glimpse of the way people work and what keeps them productive. La Vie Active The French have an intriguing term for […]

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The Art of Letting Go

Posted by on 17 November 2010

Back in my cubicle-dwelling days, someone else was responsible for my time. I was tasked with responsibilities, and I completed them. Sometimes I was given whole projects to manage, and other times it was individual tasks. Either way, someone else was telling me the basics of what needed to get done on a daily basis, […]

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Workspace Options

Posted by on 16 November 2010

I’m on the road 75% of the year, when looking for a place to work there are a few things that I’m always mindful of: reliable wifi, comfortable seating, access to outlets and minimal noise. Typically I work out of coffee shops, but recently I have been on a road trip around the country talking […]

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Death of the RSVP

Posted by on 15 November 2010

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point it became OK not to show up or respond to electronic invitations for meetings, parties, events… Admittedly, there is a high volume of electronic invitations sent to workshifters. The very nature of our work and the tools we use gives rise to the culture […]

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Type ‘P': The Planner

Posted by on 12 November 2010

We’ve all heard of the Type A and Type B Personality Theory and, in all likelihood, identify with one of the two. If you have not, you will find a wonderful definitional summary here. Type As are stereotypically described as high-strung go-getters for whom success is the only option; Type Bs, on the other hand, […]

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