The Remote Lifestyle

Forbes magazine recently wrote an article here about a study that was conducted on whether people that worked remotely were happier. Unfortunately, the study does not say how long the employees were working remotely.

Working remotely has a lot of advantages. There is little to no commute, distractions are (sometimes) much less, and work/life balance can benefit from such an arrangement.

However, there are some disadvantages as well. Humans were built for community, even introverts like myself. As much as I love my quiet office, even I have to stick my head out every once in a while and get some real human interaction. But, working remotely does not have that option. I would guess that the happiest remote workers have found a way to be more social while they work. I know many extroverts that would be gnawing pencils in half if they worked remotely without the possibility of social interactions.

Avoiding Management Problems

Everyone thinks in different ways, so there will always be personality clashes. It is a fact of life. However, the number one way to avoid, or lessen, management problems is effective communication. Lack of communication causes a good percentage of the problems in organizations. It leads to frustration, irritation, and stress. Effective communication will get everyone on board and make them feel like they are part of the team.

{Geoff, feel free to delete this part if you would like to use my article but cannot use this part) Communication is so important that a recent Inc. Magazine article ranked lack of communicating a vision as one of the top 7 reasons employees quit their job ( Having happy, productive employees is another way to lower management problems, so communication across the organization is vitally important.

A 4-Hour Lunch Break?

I like it! Entrepreneur Magazine has an article about changing your work day, and I think it’s a great idea. I’ve done similar most of my entrepreneurial career, especially during the summers when it is nice to take an afternoon motorcycle ride.

Of course, starting work at 5am may be a difficult transition, but think about what you do at night. Is it time spend on valuable tasks, or binge watching TV shows while you sit on the couch and eat food you know you should not be eating? I can see many advantages of this type of work schedule.

Run Away!

Fear is one of the most powerful motivators to humans. We “live in fear” sometimes, and advertisers know that producing fear can stimulate buying. the fear of scarcity is common in advertising.

But fear in life, or in business, is counterproductive. Fear will block success, and the path to success is overcoming those fears.

This article in Entrepreneur Magazine is a good read on how to overcome fear, but there are some things I would add:

Point 1: This is good, but in order to face your fears, you need to see the reality of them. Don’t change a Chihuahua fear into a Rottweiler fear (yes, I like dogs), and don’t change a Rottweiler fear into a Hound of Hell fear. See the fear for what it really is. Chances are, that fear is a lot smaller than it seems.

Point 2 is spot on, but point 3 is just an extension. However, a good thing to do is to occasionally step back. I have the habit of finding a direction, laying tracks, and going down that direction like a supersonic train. But, sometimes it’s the wrong direction. Take pit stops, and make sure you are still going the right direction.

Points 4 and 5 are excellent. Never give up. The only way to fail is to not try. Look for my #Webishop on this.

-Dr. Ty

One Thing That Can Change You From A Manager To A Leader

Change how you ask questions. That is one thing you can do right now to become a better leader. Questions are the lifeblood of coaches. Specific, thought-provoking questions propel a conversation.

This article in Inc. Magazine talks about the one question to stop asking employees. What I like about the article, however, is that it offers substitute questions at the end of the article. It is well worth reading.

You Are What You Think About

I have heard many times the saying “show my your friends and I will show you your future.” And, I would agree that it is generally true, but why have you chosen those friends? The better saying would be “show me what you think about and I will show you your future.” What you think about will dictate the friends you have, the things you do, and where you go in life.

This article in Entrepreneur talks about how complaining rewrites your brain, and I agree. I work with homeless people, and there is one common theme about 99% of the homeless people I have met: They complain about everything. Try to say something positive about a situation and they will either turn it around or change the subject. Their minds are so set on negativity, so set on knowing that they will never get out of the situation they are in, that they won’t.

Change your life by changing the way that you think. One technique that I have used with some coachees is what I call the “New Me.” Whenever a negative thought comes into your mind; be it complaining, putting yourself (or someone else) down, anything negative, say to yourself “that is the old me. That is who I used to be. I choose not to be that person anymore.” Then follow it up with a positive spin on that thought.

This is not always easy, so, if you are having difficulty with changing the way you think, please contact me. I would be happy to help.

-Dr. Ty

A Simple Tool For Success

There have been many studies on how our brain works, and how we remember. Most of those studies agree that we remember, on average, less than 20% of what we hear, but almost 70% of what we write. In this Inc. Magazine article, Tony Robbins says that writing something down will not help your memory, but will help your commitment to getting something done. And the commitment to persevere is a core value of success.

-Dr. Ty

The Happy Coder?

It seems like application developers (coders) speak a different language sometimes, and they do. Computer languages can be as difficult to learn as a regular language, but knowing some coding skills can make you more attractive to your current, or future, employer. You can’t go onto a single job posting web site without seeing ads for companies almost begging for coders. And, according to this Reader’s Digest article, you could make up to $20k more per year by knowing some coding.

-Dr. Ty