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Dealing with Distractions

You work alone. Total renegade.

You don’t like interference from other people.

You thrive on the ability to lose yourself in what you do for hours on end.

Then you get an email. A push notification. A phone call.

All that work you’ve spent the last 4 hours doing has stopped completely in it’s tracks because you’ve been distracted from the task at hand. You were driving the car, and you stop at the red lights because everyone wants to talk to you. Right now.

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“The technology is here; it’s never been easier to communicate and collaborate with people anywhere, any time. But that still leaves a fundamental people problem. The missing upgrade is for the human mind.”

Jason Fried, Remote: Office Not Required

Scott Berkun – “The Year Without Pants”

A great discussion on the book from Scott, which describes the challenges he faced as a manager in the mostly remote, WordPress.

I don’t care how you do it, just get it done

This is a quote from the recent Robocop reboot (a film which DID NOT need a reboot…) in which a boss explains a situation to a worker, and it made me think about the distance between different levels within a company.

This distance covers a few things – and it depends on the line of work you’re in. In my role as a remote worker, it’s primarily a geographical distance, which of course brings it’s own set of challenges. For others, it can be different types of distance – technological knowledge, design theory, client management styles and social demographic to name a few.

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Goals

I always thought it was easy to get what I wanted in life.

I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to getting the things I have. I have a perfect fiancée, work in a great industry and have no major issues to deal with.

Yet, I always aspire to be more – be a better partner, work harder, design with more innovation, be a more thoughtful friend and push myself in everything that I do.

But, it’s not easy. It’s not easy to become the person I want to be without setting goals in life. Having goals and aiming for them has become central to my way of thinking. I’m a meticulous list writer. I’m always writing todo lists on a daily basis – it’s the only way I get things done. If I don’t have a list, I fall apart because my brain wanders on a daily basis, maybe that’s where my creative side comes from.

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