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Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully

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Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully

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  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-338388-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-338388-1

Work where you want, when you want!

Want the flexibility to work outside the office? It’s not all “peaches and cream”! There are real pitfalls, real tradeoffs, real hassles. But there are also real solutions. Whether you’re freelancing, telecommuting, or workshifting, this up-to-the-minute guide will help you anticipate every challenge—and overcome them! Simon Salt shares the experiences of dozens of people who’ve customized successful out-of-office work arrangements for virtually every imaginable job and industry. Discover what it takes to run a successful meeting from a coffee shop…manage a Skype call from 35,000 feet aloft…juggle your family’s demands while you’re working at home…set limits, and make technology serve you, instead of enslaving you!

  • Make a clear-eyed decision about whether out-of-office work makes sense
  • Set up a workspace where you can be happy and productive
  • Establish the right boundaries—both personal and physical
  • Maximize your productivity in airports, hotels, airplanes, and trains
  • Keep your work secure and private, wherever you go
  • Stay fully connected and “top of mind” with your colleagues
  • Work with remote teams to build your own personal business
  • Get the job done without working 24x7 (and even take vacations!)


Sample Content

Table of Contents

Introduction    1

Who Works Out of Office?    2

What’s in the Book?    2

Where This Book Was Written    4

1  Why You Shouldn’t Try an Out of Office Experience    7

You Are Too Social    9

You Are Too Easily Distracted    14

You Don’t Have the Space    17

You Need an Office for Clients    21

You Need Regular Team Contact    24

Not All Gloom    26

Out of Office Work Style Self-Assessment    27

2  The Benefits    31

Control of the Environment    32

Reduced Stress—Improved Health    35

Community Involvement    37

Saving Money    37

Setting Priorities    39

Setting Hours    41

Childcare and Bonding    44

Managing the Process    45

Recruitment and Retention    47

Feels Less Like Work    48

3  The Challenges    51

Partners, Pets, Children, and Other Demons    52

Interruptions    57

Domestic Chores    59

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Broader Challenges    60

Isolation    62

Support Tasks    63

Technology    64

Relationship Building    66

Accountability    69

4  Working from Home    73

Where in the Home?    75

Office Contents    79

The Employee Based at Home    85

5  Working on the Road    91

Essentials Items    91

Smartphones and Smart Travelers    97

Staying Healthy    100

Getting Rewards    102

6  Getting Organized    107

Workflow    114

Carrying It All with You    117

7  Rule Setting    123

The Connectedness of All Things    123

Unplugging—Not the Future    124

Shaping Behavior    125

Pros and Cons of Always On    127

Creating a Rule Book    129

Rule One    129

Rule Two    130

Rule Three    132

Rule Four    133

Rule Five    134

8  Work/Life Integration    139

Balancing Act    139

Priorities    140

The Myth of Multitasking    141

Integration, Not Balance    142

No More Priorities    143

No More Weekends    144

A Fair Exchange    146

Stop Watching the Clock    147

Stop Conforming    150

9  Time to Go Back to the Office    155

10  Tools and Tech to Help    171

Videoconferencing    172

Skype    172

FaceTime    173

Google Hangout    174

GoToMeeting    175

Gadgets    177

Neat Receipts    177

Mophie Phone Case    178

Collaboration Tools    179

Dropbox    179

Box    181

iDoneThis    182

Microsoft SkyDrive    183

iCloud    183

Productivity Assistants    183

RescueTime    183

Coffee Break    185

Breaker    186

Index    189


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