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Because I am not a fully independent workshifter (I report in to a “Corporate Office” as a contract employee), I mingle with 100 percent traditional workers who do not share the same privileges I do. And, as much as I enjoy and cherish my workshifting freedoms, I often feel latent pressure to explain and justify my flexible schedule. Although the other employees have yet to work remotely, I began wondering if they could function as well as I do if they, too, could workshift.

There are certain non-negotiable attributes that every effective workshifter needs. To workshift well, you must be able to:

  1. Use a results-driven approach.
  2. Manage your time and tasks while minimizing distractions.
  3. Juggle deadlines without missing one.
  4. Remotely balance resources, stakeholders and employees alike.
  5. Appreciate and willingly adopt technology which that furthers your goals.
  6. Know how and when to say NO to interruptions.
  7. Work independently.
  8. Ignore the clock when it’s time to focus.
  9. Communicate frequently via statuses, advice, input and results.
  10. Know when to workshift and when to show up in person.

What qualities do you think exceptional workshifters must possess?


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Natalya Sabga is a project management professional and operational efficiency expert turned author, consultant and executive education advisor. Fascinated by the study of human behavior, she has parlayed this into a successful writing career. Ms. Sabga is also the author of "From Secretary to CEO: A Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder Without Losing Your Identity" (2010). She is also the President of DNterprises, LLC - a firm specializing in project needs' analysis, and project management from implementation to operation. Ms. Sabga is currently working on her next non-fiction narrative, "A PMP's Guide to Project Managing Your Life," and authoring the blog 'ASK N'.
  • JNavas

    11. Prevent work time from encroaching on personal time.