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Productive remote workers do these 5 simple things every day

As certain workers are beginning to return to the office, some are thrilled to have regained an environment more conducive to their personal productivity. For some, the office has fewer distractions and just makes it easier to get work done, particularly if their projects are highly collaborative.

But for others, working from home has actually provided a large productivity boost. And working remotely could potentially provide even more effectiveness as they continue to work from home but have fewer restrictions and less uncertainty in their overall lives in coming months.

As a time management coach, I’ve been partnering with my clients in navigating the transition from working in the office to working at home and back again. And I have found those who use these five strategies have been able to increase their overall productivity when working from home.

1. THEY CONVERT THEIR COMMUTE

Among the individuals who have found working from home to be a welcome change, I’ve seen a fairly similar pattern of converting their commute time into exercise time. Typically in the morning, they’ll workout (or at minimum walk their dog). And in the evening, they’re often choosing to go on more leisurely walks either on their own, with their dog, or as a family.

This pattern of physical activity not only improves their physical health but also has positive benefits on their mental health and alertness throughout the day.

2. THEY BLOCK FOCUSED TIME

I’ve always recommended setting aside time for focused work. But one challenge in an office environment is that even if you’ve put the time as “busy” in your calendar, colleagues can still drop by. These drive-by meetings can be productive at times but can also lead to an inability to have unbroken work blocks. In these situations, I’ve often recommended creating some physical distance such as shutting your door, going to a work “telephone booth,” or working remotely.

But one good thing about being at home is that you have physical distance from your coworkers, so you can block focused time and stick with it. I recommend that you either have recurring focused time in your calendar, such as for an hour or two in the morning. Or that on a weekly basis you block in some chunks of time for the key activities you want to get done, such as putting together a report or writing an article.

3. THEY SCHEDULE MEETINGS

To further increase your predictability and productivity, ask your colleagues to schedule a meeting with you to talk, especially if the meeting will require any forethought. It’s helpful to have meetings scheduled, so you can effectively plan your tasks around them and so that you’re in the right headspace to be present.

That being said, these meetings don’t have to be long. If you think something should only take 30 or even 15 minutes to discuss, ask for a meeting of that length to be scheduled on your calendar. There’s no need to stretch every conversation out to an hour.

A couple of my coaching clients also go so far as to completely block the next day’s calendar the night before in order to enhance their productivity. So for example at the end of their business day on Wednesday, they would block Thursday. This increases their ability to plan and get things done during the “in-between” times.

4. THEY UPDATE THEIR STATUS

In order to be fully mentally engaged in what you’re working on during your focused time, in can also be helpful to update your online status. That could mean designating yourself as “away” on Slack or otherwise unavailable on IM or other internal communication tools. This declaration of your intention to not be available at a certain time can insulate you from the thoughts in the back of your head that “someone might have messaged me about something important” or “I might miss something and annoy someone.”

5. THEY RESIST THE URGE TO SELF-DISTRACT

With all external distractions eliminated, our mind can sometimes unhelpfully search for ways to distract itself. Especially for extroverts, when the environment is most calm, the drive to find more stimulation is most high.

If you find yourself in that kind of situation, look for ways that you can increase the stimulation in your environment without reducing your productivity. That might look like listening to music that helps you get in the flow, using a standing desk, or simply placing your laptop on top of a high counter or bureau, so you can shift your weight as you work. Or chewing gum and giving yourself planned breaks, such as the five-minute break after every 25-minute Pomodoro sprint.

All of these activities allow you to feel less bored in your environment without going down time-sucking news or social media rabbit holes.

You may find yourself returning to the office soon, or you may find that working from home has become your new lifestyle. Wherever you see yourself on the spectrum, these strategies can allow you to be most effective on the homefront.

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2 books Warren Buffett recommends reading now

Legendary investor Warren Buffett gave a mini history lesson during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting on Saturday, which was held virtually from Omaha, Nebraska.

«Nothing can basically stop America,» not even the coronavirus pandemic, he said. «The American miracle, the American magic has always prevailed and it will do so again.»

As Buffett reflected on previous life-changing events from World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis to 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman also recommended two historical books.

Buffett has always been an avid reader and has recommended that young people read every day, because knowledge «builds up, like compound interest,» he said while speaking to a group of MBA students at Columbia Business School in 2000.

Here’s Buffett’s suggested reading.

The Great Crash, 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith (1988-04-08)

During the shareholders meeting, Buffett spoke of times of great uncertainty in American history, including the stock market crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression.

For those interested in learning more about this time period, he recommended the 1955 book, «The Great Crash of 1929» by John Kenneth Galbraith.

«There’s a great book about it called ‘The Great Crash’ by John Kenneth Galbraith,» he said during the meeting on Saturday. It’s «a wonderful book.»

In the book, Galbraith examines the 1929 financial collapse, including what led to it, how it led to the Great Depression and what could be learned from it.

(Buffett also told a lighter personal story about the crash and his dad, who was 26 in 1929 and sold stocks. «I think [what]** **my dad probably liked to do was, they say now, ‘shelter in place,’ which means stay at home,» he said. «And there really wasn’t that much in our house. So under those conditions, I was born about nine months later,» Buffett, whose birthdate is August 30, 1930, said.)

Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government

At the shareholders meeting, Buffett also spoke about the Federal Reserve System and the role it has played in the economy.

He praised in particular, the late Paul Volcker, who served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

«I’ve always had Paul Volcker up on a special place, special pedestal in terms of Federal Reserve chairmen over the years. We’ve had a lot of very good Fed chairmen, but Paul Volcker, I had him at the top of the list,» Buffett said.

And Buffett recommended Volcker’s 2018 book, «Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government,» during the meeting on Saturday.

«Not much before [Volcker] died, he wrote a book called ‘Keeping At It,'» Buffett said. «I think you’ll enjoy reading that book.»

The book is a memoir, sharing Volcker’s time as chairman of the Fed from 1979 to 1987. It shares a timeline of Volcker’s long career, including his legacy of breaking inflation with high interest rates as Fed chief in the 1980s.

«Paul Volcker was a giant in many ways,» Buffett said, referring to not only Volcker’s huge impact, but his tall stature. (Volcker was 6-foot-7.)

In addition to recommending the books, Buffett gave a shout out to his local bookstore: «If you buy any books that come out of anything I recommend, think about [purchasing through the] Bookworm [book store] in Omaha,» he said

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Make Coronavirus Disinfectant Spray with Hydrogen Peroxide- Cheap and Easy

Make a DIY coronavirus disinfectant using hydrogen peroxide. It’s effective, cheap and super easy to make. It’s hard to find alcohol, disinfectant spray and wipes in the stores. But hydrogen peroxide is also an effective disinfectant in killing coronavirus according to the CDC. It’s important to keep yourself and your family safe. Following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, I show you how to make a disinfectant spray using hydrogen peroxide.

Tips on this Video

peroxide. **Hydrogen must stay in a dark bottle to be effective. So make this in small batches.

To make a 1.5% disinfectant solution use a 1:1 ratio: – 1/4 cup water – 1/4 cup

3% hydrogen peroxide

Use a spray bottle or paper towel to disinfect surfaces. Let surface remain wet. Keep in a dark place if keeping extra solution.