Tell us who you are and what you do.
Hi I’m AJ- I’m a construction health and safety guy. I run a small team looking after approx 30 sites at any one time building supermarkets, distribution centres and head office buildings.
What do you love about remote work? Hate?
I love the ability to create a plan, get into the zone and see things through. The remote bit sometimes allows this to all happen in wonderful distraction free isolation… but man are those days rare. So mainly I love the ability to use a set of workflows in multiple locations that allow me to absorb distractions and get straight back to the plan with a minimum of fuss.
The only downside of home working specifically is that a lack of proper face to face interactions throughout the day takes a toll on me I find very hard to explain when repeated and compounded over long periods of time. I have a young family so every evening is manic- but somehow the daytime isolation is detrimental and not undone by evening interactions. I changed my job when I figured out what was going on to solve this and now make a point of using home working as a tool rather than a way of life. All part of the balancing act I suppose.
How did you find Effective Remote Work?
I was a productivity guild forum member and was quite happy to be swept up in the refocus
What’s one thing you’ve learned that has impacted you most?
Common answer I guess- adopting a GTD approach to working. Specifically the earnt pleasure of fully understanding the scale of everything that needs to be done. Accepting the fact there is absolutely no way a day, week, month or year will get all of it done- so instead being happy with picking the top priorities and getting today’s stuff done.