Being accessibile

When you work in an office setting your presence alone sends a message: I’m here at work and available. When you’re working remotely, there is no physical indicator. You need to make sure you’re not invisible. The primary way to make sure you’re not invisible is by communicating pro-actively. My favorite way to do this…

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Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens are beautiful. It’s one of the places I had in mind when I put the idea of becoming a local digital nomad out there. Shortly after I had finished that post my wife was working from home with me. She was being distracted by some of the things that needed doing…

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what your manager needs

So you’d like to work from home, but you also want to do it in a successful way. I’m not going to delve into details on how this is becoming easier. This is more about what worked for me. In a nutshell, it’s about incremental change… I work with computers and this allows me to…

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becoming a local digital nomad

I remember when we moved to New Jersey. We were quite excited over the prospect of all the amazing sightseeing and cultural opportunities in close proximity. Best intentions. We lived there for about one and a half years. While we weren’t exactly a hop and skip from New York City, it certainly was pretty close….

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Why I don’t embrace a dedicated work environment

There are many guides for telecommuting and working from home: 6 Best Practices for Working From Home 10 Tips For Working From Home 12 Tips to Stay Healthy While Working From Home Get More Done: 18 Tips for Telecommuters Many of them offer similar advice and much of it good. There is one commonly offered…

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Lots of mini workouts

Finding time to work out can be tricky. It would be easy to assume that working from home it would be easier. Clearly, since there is all that extra time that doesn’t get flushed down the commute drain all the other things we’re trying to get in on any given day just happen. Right. Alas,…

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Working from the road, literally

Sometimes plans don’t work out. Over last Christmas a good number of our relatives were planning to gather at our house. Unfortunately, an emergency involving hospitalization kept that gathering from happening. Without going into details, it was a very difficult time, which had our relatives spending a number of days in the emergency room. We…

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Reaching out and checking in

This is the final post related to the 1 key to successful telecommuting and I think of it as “icing on the cake”. Let’s assume you’ve got the communication down when it comes to One on One meetings, Email engagement, and Daily Updates. With all that in place you should be in an excellent position…

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Increase your visibility through daily updates

Finally getting around to writing this last post related to communication being the biggest contributor to successful telecommuting. This one has probably been the biggest winner and has served me very well for nearly a decade. It’s also a remarkably simple idea: send a daily update to raise your visibility when working remote. Every morning…

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Email engagement

When you are working from home there is a good chance that email will become a bigger part of your communication diet. That is of course unless you are lucky enough to work for a company who has made the switch to a tool such as slack. At any rate, there are some great ways…

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