How to Effectively Manage a Remote Team

With the rise of digital entrepreneurs came the need to have virtual teams. Finding remote employees and getting them on board is one part of the equation. Then comes the time to start managing them.How do we manage remote teams effectively? How to make sure they understand their responsibilities correctly and are really working on what’s assigned to them, instead of spending their time elsewhere? What can we do to motivate them to do better work and be engaged, to communicate often and get to know each other?Here are some tips that will help you find the answers to all these questions and get better at managing a team from anywhere in the world:

1. Encourage transparency.

As a manager and leader, you also need to lead by example. You can’t expect your remote workers to open up, get to know you and each other or discuss projects and share their opinion, if you don’t do that yourself.

Be transparent. Get them involved in all aspects of the business, share with them the company vision and objectives, let them resonate with that. Then, set clear expectations, tell them some things about yourself and let them talk about something other than work too.

That’s when virtual meetings come in handy.

2. Hold regular meetings.

This is one of the challenges of working with a remote team as everyone’s in a different time zone. But you can do it.

The only way to understand what kind of people you have on the team is to meet at least once a week and just create a friendly and honest environment where everyone can talk about anything. Consider it virtual coffee and even call it that way.

There are many benefits to virtual meetings. It doesn’t matter if the remote workers are traveling, at home, at a co-working space or in a coffice. The point is to sign in the software you’re using for such meetings and relax for the next half an hour or so.

Over time, you’ll connect with each other and will feel more like a team.

3. Organize your work.

A proper structure is what boosts any business. Managing people across the globe without knowing what everyone’s working on and having many projects on your hands can easily turn work into chaos. That’s why you need to create procedures and implement project management systems, set rules and share them with everyone on the team.

For a start, organize all the data, categorize it, and make it available to all team members. Decide on the communication style for each situation. For example, you can email each other for things that can wait, but can also use a chat room that’s open 24/7 if something urgent comes up.

Set clear deadlines and make sure everyone knows the next steps on the project. Make use of the collaboration and sharing options that project management tools offer so you can see what others are working on and what’s left to be done.

4. Use a time tracking tool.

Another thing you need in your arsenal is a time-tracking tool. This is an efficient way to keep your employees on track, review their performance, set clear objectives, and increase team productivity.

Be sure to introduce the new piece of technology to your team and let your colleagues know how they can use it to their advantage. They should understand that it will help them manage their time better too and thus not waste any of it, so it’s a win-win situation.

Timesheet software will help workers be mindful about the time they spend on their tasks, which improves concentration and fights distractions. Also, time tracking tools eliminate the pain of accurate payroll calculation. You’ll never over- or underpay anyone when you have exact data of their work time expenses.

The main benefit of special time-tracking tools for remote teams is that every employee feels like they are in charge of their time. At the same time, they can spot unproductive activities and weak points in their performance and do something about them.

5. Aim to create a strong company culture.

Last but not least, your goal should be not just to have a team that’s location independent but to build a powerful company culture. This can happen by getting to know each other, working towards the same goals, respecting each other’s time and valuing everyone’s skills and talents.


Managing remote teams is challenging: organizing a meaningful process, monitoring team members’ activities and keeping track of work process is much harder than at an office. However, follow some simple rules, and you’ll do it. This way, you can have a group of loyal, hard-working and productive employees that will help you reach the company vision sooner.

Leaders, Are You Ready to Manage Remote Teams?

Workers want to be remote but is your management team prepared?

Is there a talent shortage?

We struggle to attract and keep talented people.

A gathering of technical leaders and city counselors convened recently to talk about our workplaces. We spoke on the increased challenge of finding qualified people. People are needed to fill engineering, product, and management roles at our respective companies.

Questions bounced across leaders as they learned about each other’s hiring needs. Though each company had different talent requirements, we had a shared problem. Our group of companies aren’t the only ones struggling to add great talent to our teams, though.

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What is high quality talent?

Business leaders have raised alarm bells on the shortage of high-quality talent. Executives have called the search for high-skilled talent a strategic global priority. McKinsey & Company define talent as “the sum of a person’s abilities.”

Elaborating on the definition, it is an individual’s wisdom, motivation, experience, learning mindset, and opportunity for growth. We can understand the uniqueness of talent needs that CEOs are seeking.

What do CEOs say is critical to success?

76% of CEOs in PwC’s 19th Annual Global CEO survey said, “a skilled, educated and adaptable workforce” is critical to success. To add to the problem, almost half of the CEOs plan to expand their workforce.

The issue is escalated due to the demand for a competent workforce during a time of limited talent. More businesses need educated, experienced people. With the increased urgency for knowledge-based expertise, it’s a (talented) candidate’s market out there.

Working remotely: the pros and cons of working from home - Vox

What is flexible work?

A flexible work practice is a talent management strategy organizations have implemented. Work flexibility provides employees with the choice of where and when to work. The flexibility of where to work could be from home or in a coffee shop. Workers can connect to their companies through technologies like the internet and cloud-based collaboration tools. Workers can choose compressed work weeks or untraditional corporate hours like 7 pm to 3 am.

What do people look for in an employer?

In a 2003 study, 62% of people ranked compensation as the number one reason for choosing an employer.

In 2016, Deloitte found pay as the key criteria from a global survey of 7,900 millennials from 29 countries. Though renumeration is the primary driver, the runner up is quality of life.

Quality of life is achieved when stress-levels are low and individuals have balance across work and personal plans.

A 2019 report by Robert Half highlighted the changing mindset of today’s workers. It showed that 88% of workers rated flexible work as a coveted perk and most respondents in the Buffer’s survey said they would work virtually if afforded the option.

This is a marked change from my own experience in 2005. I worked for The Loyalty Group, operating the airmiles rewards program. When the company planned its HQ move, the option to work remotely was offered. The sentiment among my colleagues then was of displeasure. The response today would likely be different.

Is a flexible work program the answer to the talent shortage problem?

So there’s the magic bullet, right? Offer a flexible work program and candidates will come clamouring. I read journal after journal, articles until my eyes blurred. I searched for peer reviewed evidence that flexible work could be an indisputable answer.

My answer? It’s complicated.

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it – Tom Hanks

Managing a flexible workforce is hard. The early years of telecommuting were the 1970s, the rise came in the 1990s, and the boom began in the late 2000s. In 2019, U.S. companies are leading the path in offering alternative work options. But globally, the majority of companies don’t.

Which companies are leading in remote work?

Newly formed companies are more likely to offer remote work. OnStartUp analysed the 2018 Global State of Remote Work and concluded startups are ahead in their flexible work practices. A reason is it could be easier for these companies to establish a new culture without existing baggage.

For more established companies, there could be significant effort to change work style perceptions. Traditional in-office companies will face issues related to practices in management, human resources and performance.

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Is your company ready for remote work?

Leaders looking to introduce remote work can start assessing their readiness with these eight known challenges:

Executive Buy-In

A new culture fostering flexible work must start with the CEO. When there is executive leadership support, people managers are more likely to execute the program well. The U.S. federal government agencies recognized their management team inconsistently supported flexibility and called on consultants for advice. To lead by example, they mandated executives to occasionally work from home.

Examples of companies without executive support are Yahoo and Best Buy. Both these companies publicized improved productivity and morale gains when they first implemented work flexibility. They have now called their remote workforce back. Executives at these companies said it was a necessary step due to loss of collaboration and struggling company performance.

Flexible Leadership

Research highlighted there are six competencies of great leaders. They are communication, relationship building, team motivation, feedback delivery, and measurement by performance. Beyond the core, the flexibility leadership theory declare leaders who can adapt new information are better equipped to build new work habits. Studies of remote manager and employee relationships deemed new leadership and communication methods are critical to avert worker well-being issues. Managers who are not yet competent in these skills may miss the expected gains from a flex work strategy.

HR Partnership

The human resource team is critical to the success of flexible work practices. For established companies, a commitment to cultural change management is expected. HR not only needs to be part of implementing and monitoring, partnership with management is also important during the planning phase.

Performance Management

Companies are likely to have untrained leaders who can manage remote workers. A framework to measure and monitor performance targets can lessen impact of leadership issues. The results-based approach could provide a fair assessment of work outcomes by eliminating biases.

Remote Work Eligibility

It is unlikely that every function and role could be successful in working remotely. A 2018 study reported remote workers are engineers, product and IT specialists. Their salaries range $50,000–100,000 suggesting intermediate to mid-career level professionals. There is, however, divided research on types of jobs better suited for virtual work.

Some evidence suggests that independently driven roles are more successful in remote environments. Examples of self-sufficient positions are representatives in call centres and sales. Team oriented positions like programmers and project managers rely on teamwork. Some researchers argue remote work can hinder team relationships and reduce innovation.

Flexible Policy

A flexibility program without engagement rules risk occurrence of unfair treatment. Existing companies could refresh policies to enable flexible working preferences. Workers and managers operate more successfully with clarity on core business hours, communication methods, technologies, and safety.

Work-Life Balance

Managers play a role in ensuring remote teams have work-life balance. Managers could request feedback from workers about their sense of balance and encourage ‘disconnecting.’

Remote workers report that they take less than three weeks of vacation even when they have unlimited. Buffer’s survey respondents are “on” all the time. The result suggests remote work may not be the answer to improving the quality of life.

Worker Well-Being

Remote workers with low teammate interactions report feelings of loneliness and alienation.

CTrip, a travel organization, ran a controlled pilot study of remote work. They subsequently offered the opportunity to everyone in the company. Surprisingly, some employees from the study declined. Those who declined in order to go back to the office cited loneliness as their reason.

Managers could alleviate feelings of isolation by checking-in often. They could share in-office discussions to prevent remote workers from feeling excluded.

Summary of how to decide if your company is ready to lead remote teams?

The workplace is evolving, that’s visible. Workers’ mindsets are changing, that’s evident. Competing for talent with non-financial incentives like flexible work is an opportunity. Systematically resolving known issues can help companies avoid costly plans to deploy then recall remote workforces.

The first step is to analyze an organization’s flexible work readiness level. Using the themes identified by researchers, management can self-assess their organizations to design a unique workforce based plan.

Literature for organizations to assess flexible work readiness is in short supply. Most virtual work resources are for individuals already remote working or considering it. A document series by Brittnee BondCoLife, aims to share stories of digital nomads and their employers. It is an inspirational source of current success stories.

Research on the future of work is active and growing. We should see more materials surface to assist business leaders in delivering new work styles to their organizations.

How Sociology Faces Real Problems in Chinese Society

Yan Fei: Forty years of reform and opening up, economists have played a leading role. When the economic level reaches a certain level, structural ills will be exposed. At this time, the voice and intervention of sociology are needed.


In Shijingshan District, Beijing, there is a migrant child school, Huangzhuang School. This is the largest migrant child school in Beijing. There are more than 1,800 students from primary school to middle school. Most of the students here have one thing in common: their parents are from Beibei, who works in Beijing, and the work they do is mostly manual labor. In September 2018, the migrant children’s school just held its 20th anniversary celebration in the summer vacation. Just before the start of the school, suddenly the school had to be closed because of problems with the school ’s venue and qualifications. Many students, because most of them do not have Beijing hukou, can not go to public schools, can only be diverted, or bid farewell to the big city of Beijing, return to their hometown and become left-behind children.

When I revisited September 2018, an event that may have been completely forgotten by the public today, memories brought me back to 2000.

Exactly 20 years ago, when I was an undergraduate in sociology, I also did a two-year sociology study at a migrant school in the suburbs of Shanghai. When taking root in the communities where these urban migrants live, and interacting with these children weekly, taking them to study, play games, and conduct outdoor adventures to understand the city, I deeply feel that the so-called education injustice is not just about It’s just a set of data in the statistical report. The deeper issues related to the design limitations of our household registration system, the inequality between urban and rural areas, and the growing solidification of social strata are also the composition and operation of our social order.

These children who drift with their parents in the city, because their parents work in the city, that hometown in the country has become a hometown that they can never go back to, and the public and private education in the city has excluded them from the threshold. . They are actually full of hopes for the future, but have to accept the fate of the reality in the face of cruel reality. The migrant children’s school has become their best place to be educated, but for many reasons, including school qualifications and venue funds, Faced with the risk of closing and closing. If these children lose the opportunity to go to school, under the compulsive trauma, how will they look at the society and the system when they grow up in the future? How to educate their children?

There is no easy answer to these questions.

In the past 20 years, I have been going around studying and working in different countries and regions, and using different analysis tools to observe the differences in society, but I have never been able to get rid of the imprint of sociology. Now as a teacher of the Department of Sociology, she is standing on the podium to teach young students after 00 what is sociology.

In the course of teaching, one of the most commonly asked questions is what is sociology? Is learning sociology really useful? You see, migrant children could still be educated in migrant children’s schools twenty years ago, but twenty years later, migrant children’s schools have no room to legally establish themselves in big cities.

In the past two decades, under the huge wave of economic growth, our city managers started from demolishing houses, demolishing shops, demolishing the skyline, cleaning up the marginalized groups in the city, and then demolishing migrant children’s schools. What we demolished is not only school buildings, but also the educational opportunities for so many children. It is also the dream of this group of marginalized groups to try to change their own destiny and change the flow of family classes through urban self-struggle. Just hope.


In our presupposition, when the society becomes prosperous and rich, people’s moral standards will also be improved along with the improvement of the material level, and the whole society will naturally move towards good order and good governance. But in fact, in our time today, there is no lack of material abundance. When people enjoy the wave of consumption, they are instead caught in another extreme. From Sun Zhigang’s case to Lei Yang’s case, from melamine’s toxic milk powder to Changchun vacation vaccine, from high-speed rail overlord to doctor-patient contradiction, when we pursue higher, faster and stronger, we gradually fall into the trap of desire. The bottom line and dignity are lost in the modern society in pursuit of continuous advancement; in the pursuit of maximizing benefits, the gap between the rich and the poor in society is widened, resulting in difficulties in upward movement and accelerated downward movement, and people at the bottom are increasingly seeing no hope.

The continuous increase of individual anomie behavior is actually caused by the slow disorganization and tearing of the entire social order. Such disorganization is eroding the benign operation of our society bit by bit, and the damage is long-term. Far-reaching. As French sociologist Durkheim points out: “If disregard is a crime, it is because it has caused society to endure hardships, and we cannot live in a society without cohesion and rules.”

According to the judgment of my colleague Professor Sun Liping, Chinese society is gradually moving towards a “fractured” society. First of all, in terms of social hierarchy and hierarchical structure, some people are thrown out of the social structure, and the lack of effective integration mechanisms between different classes and groups leads to the accelerated expansion of class differentiation. Take the urban integration of migrant workers as an example. According to the “Monitoring Survey Report on Migrant Workers in 2018” released by the National Bureau of Statistics in April 2019, the number of migrant workers reached 288 million by the end of 2018, with the increase mainly coming from local migrant workers. Such a large population, coupled with the current lagging progress in urbanization, poses many challenges to the governance of cities, especially megacities. In this context, many large cities such as Beishang, Guangshen, etc. have begun rectification activities, and a large number of marginalized vulnerable groups that do not meet the city’s core function positioning have been driven away. The dismantling of the migrant children’s school is just a small epitome of the broader structure of class differentiation and expansion.

Secondly, at the level of culture and social life, the trust mechanism of society as a whole has been damaged. German sociologist Zimmer said, “Trust is one of the most important integrated forces in society. Without the universal trust that people enjoy among themselves, society itself will disintegrate.” The high degree of trust between people is just like a lubricant for social order. It will bring a sense of security to interpersonal communication and social operations. People do not need to spend huge costs to over-think the complexity of the environment and human nature. It is complicated, but reasonable action in accordance with social moral requirements and legal norms can achieve the expected results and benefits. In the long run, the welfare level of the entire society will inevitably be improved.

The performance of the current crisis of trust is not just a crisis of human trust in people’s daily lives. For example, people are unwilling to trust strangers and are always used to facing people and things around them with hesitant eyes and distrust; Faced with inquiries from helpers, many people are afraid to avoid it, fearing that they will fall into the “trap” of a liar if they are not careful. More serious is the crisis of trust at the institutional level. This crisis is no longer confined to localities, but impacts the entire social system. After all, trust depends on the moral environment of society. When society does not leave room for moral practice in its daily life, trust becomes a rootless tree. For example, the Guo Meimei incident that broke out in 2011 caused the entire public not only to trust the Chinese Red Cross but also to the entire charity and public welfare cause. In the first month after the incident was exposed, the nation ’s donations fell 50% from the previous month; in the first quarter of the year, the amount of donations received by charities across the country dropped by more than 80%, showing that the entire society ’s donations to charitable donations Great crisis of trust. For example, the sexual assault incidents of leaders of many public welfare organizations that broke out in 2018 all undermined people’s trust in the cause of public welfare at the institutional level.

Thirdly, at the socio-psychological level, the desire for money is expanding, and money has become the only sign of success. The trend of utilitarian society is also becoming more and more serious. The pursuit of money and power, and the unveiled display of “success”, have already become a bad society.

American sociologist Robert Merton has pointed out that “when society sees the sign of success as the accumulation of wealth, antisocial behavior is a normal response.” In other words, in a money, In a society where power and interests are over-emphasized, there is always a danger that the goal of social recognition will be achieved by illegal means. Especially those members of society from the bottom, when the whole society continuously emphasizes money as a successful goal, they will be more eager for money, as psychologists’ experiments have found, the children of poor people will draw coins more than The children of rich people are older. However, when the people at the bottom find themselves unable to obtain equal social resources and lack a channel for upward flow, such unequal opportunities will easily lead to social anomie.


I often joked that forty years of reform and opening up have been the protagonists of economists. The debate over the paradigm of economic growth and transformation, and even the debate between the market and the government, require an economic perspective. When the overall economic level of the society reaches a certain scale, the pursuit of economic supremacy indicators will reveal a lot of deep-seated social structural ills. At this time, the voice and intervention of sociology are even more needed.

On the one hand, sociology naturally brings critical cutting edge and strong caring deep into the bottom, can lead us through the picture of daily life, and see many problems and dilemmas brought about by the structural changes in a large age. American sociologist C. Wright Mills once said, “What he [sociologist] should do for society is to resist all the forces that destroy the real public and create a mass society, or from the positive From the point of view, his goal is to help cultivate a self-cultivating public “, so that” all people become people with substantial rationality, and their independent rationality will have a structural effect on the society in which they are exposed, on history and their own destiny. influences.”

On the other hand, sociology naturally brings with it the thinking and discipline of human nature, which can unveil the structural appearance and allow us to return to the origin of social order to explore the darkness and goodness of human nature. German thinker Max Scheler once pointed out that the transformation from traditional society to modern society is not only the transformation of environment and institutions, but also the transformation of man himself. This is a kind of happening in the “soul and spirit of man” The essential transformation of the internal structure of the human body, a deeper change in the cultural and psychological nature of the person and the inner mental order. “This deep change made us realize that with the expansion of a modern, highly rational society, Marx • In the context of Weber’s “poetry and religion that stirs the soul into the void,” we even need inner self-discipline, recognized ethics, self-restraint, and the moral light of society.

Twenty years have passed since the millennium so far. Standing on the threshold of time, I firmly believe that society has more room for practice and will also face more acute and complex social problems, systemic dilemmas, and human struggles. I am even more convinced that looking forward to the next ten, twenty, or even thirty years, no matter how technology advances, the goal of society’s advancement is firstly morality, and secondly politics, economics, and technology. Under the institutional constraints and supervision, only moral progress can lead society to a standardized and orderly good governance; and only moral progress can inspire more people to take the responsibility and shoulder the social responsibility.

How the Japanese Concept Can Turn Your Life

The coincidence is about caring for moments, not luck

Deep in the narrow streets of Gion, in the heart of Kyoto, there is a rustic Shachetsu, or a tea house. This ancient neighborhood is home to the last geishas and the unspeakable secrets of how to fade life; in the spring, its carpet is pebbled by the fallen sakura petals. In this cafe, particularly committed visitors may notice a wooden plaque suspended from a brown pillar. The inscription carries: 一 期 一 会

Ichigo ichie is clear, its meaning is something like this: what we are going through now will not happen again. We must appreciate every moment like a beautiful treasure. We must become fishermen for a moment.

One way to look at the transformational weight of moments is one through the concept of the famous Chaos Theory of the butterfly effect. The term is related to the saying that “a butterfly hitting its wings in Hong Kong could trigger a storm in New York.” In other words, any change, however small, will end in completely different circumstances due to an amplification process.

The decisive relationship between ichigo ichie and the butterfly effect is: Although we never know the final results of our actions and decisions, every moment has a fundamental value. What you do now will have a completely different, different result from what you might do at another time.

Ichigo ichie includes both the idea of ​​observing and cherishing each moment, and practicing harnessing this concern for harmony with others and the love of life. Zen teachings, the Japanese version of Buddhism, give us many opportunities to incorporate ichigo ichie into our daily life. The following eight guidelines are especially useful for enhancing the power of observation:

  1. Just sit back and see what happens: Our spiritual myopia often causes us to look far – in space and time – of what is right before us. Zen has learned to simply sit and embrace the moment, without other ambitions. If we are with other people, we celebrate their company as a gift.
  2. Taste this moment as if it were your last breath: You can live one day at a time, and no one can be sure that he will wake up the next morning. So let us not postpone happiness. The best moment in your life is always this moment.
  3. Avoiding distractions: An ancient Japanese proverb says that a hunter who takes prey at the same time will not be killed. The same thing happens when we try to follow a conversation or read a book at the same time that we check our phone. Zen teaches us to do one thing at a time, as if it were the most important thing in the world. If you do it this way, it will be without question.
  4. Free yourself from all that is necessary: ​​one can get to know an experienced traveler more than he leaves at home more than he carries in his travel bag. Life is an exciting adventure where you better travel through the light, so every day, whenever you feel tired, ask yourself, “What can I give up?”
  5. Be your own friend: Instead of comparing yourself to others and worrying about what other people think, suppose you are unique in the world.
  6. Celebrate the imperfection: If nature is not in all its complexities, with all its births and deaths, ideal, then why should it be? Every failure is a sign that you must follow a different path. Every flaw is an invitation to polish a diamond. If you want to improve, it is ideal to be incomplete.
  7. Practice compassion: From a Buddhist point of view, feeling sorry for someone does not mean feeling pity, but deep sympathy that allows us to travel toward the other to understand his motives, and if necessary, his mistakes. Everyone behaves according to the moments of personal growth in which they find themselves. Even when they act in odious ways, this is the best they can do with what they have.
  8. Leave your expectations: Making predictions, while waiting for certain things to happen, is a sure way to kill this moment. Ichigo ichie is experienced with the mindfulness taught by Zen.

Another way to sharpen attention is to keep a diary. Writing down our daily experiences makes us more aware of the nuances in reality and trains us to capture the subtle messages of opportunity.

Finally, meditation can help us recognize the coincidences more easily. Meditation establishes us today, as seashells appear, and increases the bandwidth of our perception.

When we experience – real experience – special moments, it seems as though life allows us to know that we are on the right track. We live ichigo ichie.

Your productivity depends on how your office is arranged

Advice from nine design, functional, and organizational experts on making your space work for you

If your job requires you to sit at an office, you may spend more waking hours in this office every day than you do in your home (or in any other part of your home, if this is where you work). If you love your business, this may not look like a bad thing, but it’s still worth increasing your little space to maximize your productivity.

We’ve asked design and productivity experts to advise on how best to structure, organize, and decorate your office to create a workspace to serve you that keeps you on mission and makes you feel good about what you do.

Focus on the job

Make it simple and practical with the items you use the whole time. My desktop should include a stapler; jar of pens, pencils and highlighters; candle; and most importantly, my planner. My life is on a daily planner, so doing it next to me while I work ensures that I stay on the job and plan accordingly when responding to emails. It also has all my errands and papers right inside.

Megan Meredith, life coach and home organizer; Atlanta, Georgia

Practice its simplicity

Having a clear space can help you avoid fatigue. If you have a lot of clutter on your desk, it creates a lot of stimuli for your mind to constantly respond and respond to them. Likewise, if you have a lot of things in your space that you have to move around and move around in, you will likely feel upset and spend more time finding the things you need. Be intentional and selective about what goes where. If you have a lot of decors to love, consider switching them weekly instead of trying to put them in your desk once.

Sarah Stickler, Productive Expert

Organize based on how you work and think

How your office should be prepared depends on your job and reflects the flow of your ideas and materials. If you are a linear thinker or a person working according to task categories (prospecting, billing, and brainstorming), you might prefer separating papers and other items based on writing. If you are a web thinker or work based on clients or projects, organize your office in this way, with a profile or profile assigned to each of these clients or projects. It all depends – do you want to focus on the process or project? Adjust your workspace accordingly.

Stever Robbins, Get-It-Done Guy Executive Director and Host; Cambridge, Massachusetts

Chaos is not evil during the project, but it is definitely not necessary all the time.

Bring your values ​​to the fore

One thing I’ve always found useful and I have suggested to many customers throughout my years is to put a reminder of your values ​​in the foreground and center, whether it’s using the Post-it Note feature, a printout or a computer wallpaper. This way, when you feel overwhelmed and need to decide what to treat next, you can use these values ​​to help you decide what to do. For example, if you appreciate flexibility and don’t have it recently, it’s time to slightly redefine your priorities until you remember to respect what matters to you. It’s really easy to get drifted into work and spend time on less important things.

Kelly Paulson, Life and Career Coach; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Use multiple screens to keep you on track

One thing that I find provides a huge advantage is the use of dual screens or very large screens. With the increasing demand for working in multiple applications simultaneously, having dual displays allows this to happen and helps increase workflow efficiency by making data exchange between applications easy.

Tristan Leefield, Professional Coach; Detroit, Michigan

Add green

Studies have shown that plants enhance what we feel in our indoor environments. Some research suggests that being near plants can reduce stress, reduce anger, and contribute to well-being.

Amanda Amato, Interior Designer; Bompton Lakes, New Jersey

Typically adapt “Desktop Zero”

Chaos is not evil during the project, but it is definitely not necessary all the time. That’s why I adopted the “zero desktop” practice, just like the zero email inbox: at the end of the task or project, I erased my desktop with everything I didn’t need to sit on. This keeps my desk clean most of the time but it allows me to be very messy when I’m deep in the middle of something important.

Jeff Sanders, author of “Leisure Time”, 5 AM. Miracle: Nashville, Tennessee

Put your goals in sight

Your workspace should take responsibility and inspire you. I love having a yearly vision board above my desk, as well as specific 30, 60, and 90 day goals posted on the wall for my life and work. I also like positive affirmations, inspirational quotes, photographs and fun banners.

Danise Sumner, Busy Bee Productivity Coaching Owner, Richmond, Virginia

Viewing pictures feels good

Bringing non-work items to your workplace with photos can serve as a reminder that life is about work. And if you have pictures on the wall of an experience – whether it’s a trip to a beautiful national park or the roller coaster that you went to with your child’s best friend – then you decorate your space with joyful memories. When your mood is better, you must have a more positive outlook.

Abe Wolfe, Professional Trainer; Portland, Maine