The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Drawing on her 18 years of experience working remotely, plus original interviews with managers, employees, and free agents who've perfected their remote routines, Laura Vanderkam shares strategies for productivity, creativity, and health in the new corner office.
How do you do great work while sitting near the same spot where you watch Netflix? How can you be responsive without losing the focus necessary for getting things done? How can you maintain and grow your network when you spend less time face-to-face?
The key is to detach yourself from old ways of working and adopt new habits to match your new environment. Long before public health concerns pushed many of us indoors, some of the most successful people fueled their careers with carefully perfected work-from-home routines. Drawing on those profiles and her own insights, productivity expert and mother of five Laura Vanderkam reveals how to turn "being cooped up" into the ultimate career advantage. Her hacks include:
- Manage by task, not time. Going to an office for eight hours makes you feel like you've done something, even if you haven't. Remote workers should set three to five ambitious goals for each day and consider the work day done when these are crossed off.
- Get the rhythm right. A well-planned day features time for focused work, interactive work, and rejuvenating breaks. In place of a commute, a consciously chosen shutdown ritual keeps work from continuing all night.
- Nurture connections. Wise remote workers can build broader and more effective networks than people sitting in the same cubicle five days a week.
Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, a self-starter or someone who prefers detailed directions, you can do your clearest thinking and deepest work at home - and have more energy left over to achieve personal goals or fuel bigger professional ambitions. In fact, soon you might find it hard to imagine working any other way.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 21, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #78,785 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The three points that helped me the most:
1) Make a to-do list, not a wish list. Keep it short and manageable. Divide it into three sections: career, relationships, and self. This helped me see that I was doing a lot of tasks for everyone else, and not nearly enough for myself or for my own joy or replenishment.
2) Say yes to anything that excites you. (Did the universe just give me permission to pursue my real “dream” goals??!!) Skip anything unimportant that doesn’t float your boat. Not only does it drain you, but after a while you forget that it’s unimportant and that you didn’t even want to be doing it in the first place. Don’t waste your precious time.
3) Have one little adventure each day—something to make this day different from other days.
I found other helpful advice in here, too, but this is what spoke to me most. Really just a fantastic resource all around for the new work-from-home environment that a lot of us are in right now.
There is a lot of material in this book for parents who work from home, which is probably useful but doesn't pertain to me. The same with how to manage a team while remote working. There were a few times in the book the author showed her privilege, like recommending the reader hire someone to do housecleaning, meal preparation, and childcare in order to be able to focus more when working at home. A lot of that felt unattainable for me in regard to what I'm trying to accomplish with my small business at home.
Overall, I'd say read this book if working from home is new to you or if you're struggling with it.
In a pre-COVID world, I was the constant go-getter, never shying away from a challenge and the occasional late night/weekend to get it done. As a Vice President at a Community College, my teams relied on me to be the leader. Now with working from home, with three kids (under 6), a husband and a very loud dog, life was spinning too fast and I was working 18 hour days just to get normal tasks completed. Laura's strategies helped me plan my week, focus on my teams, and regain a workable work/life balance!!