Top Ten (Plus One) Tips for Working Remote (WR)

Top Ten (Plus One) Tips for Working Remote (WR)

by Bruce Eric Anderson / May 18


Another “top-x” list? Top five, top ten, top twenty ways to do anything? I know, I know, I’ve seen and read many of them as well: top ten ways to lighten your bag; top ten ways to stay connected from the road; top ten ways to be happy at work; and finally, my favorite: top ten ways to steal a car (but more importantly, how to protect against them).

But this top ten list is a little different and hopefully will appeal to many of you reading this blog: those who only occasionally work from home or a coffee shop and are part of the global corporate world. I’m calling this working remote, or WR for short.

That is certainly me. Most days, I have so many face-to-face meetings that I have to travel to my corporate office. But while I’m not in meetings I struggle with the same thing most cube-dwellers struggle with: distractions. It may be the loud-talker, the fly-bys, the phone calls from companies warning you that your car warranty is about to expire, the general office noise. Now, let me be clear: I need to go to an office. I need the team collaboration. I need the creativity it spurs in me. I need the camaraderie of a centralized workspace. I need the routine. But I also need the flexibility to get some focused time where I can think, strategize and write — free of distractions.

That’s why I love my laptop — it has become my office. My actual workspace has very little paper in it. I keep a few old journals, photos of my wife and kids, drawings from my kids, an AP stylebook and dictionary, paperclips. But other than that, it’s a work surface with an external flat panel.IMG_0501

I’ve been working in the corporate world since 1989, first in consulting roles, and since 1995 in a corporate technology setting and can now reflect on how to WR effectively.

Here are some of my suggestions of how you can be more productive when you don’t go in to the office. And perhaps more importantly, how you can set expectations for those you leave behind at the corporate mothership on how to reach you and interact with you.


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You’ll be so very glad you did…

Wes Waddell


> Training — Wes @ 11:14 am

May 18, 2009