Productivity Tools for Remote Workers
When you think of productivity tools, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Our guess is that you probably thought about some type of app or online tool like Google Docs, Dropbox, or Asana. And don’t get us wrong, these are all extremely helpful tools, especially when it comes to managing a remote team. But before you can master these tools, you should try some productivity tools of your own – tools that are completely free to use, and that you can pull out of your pocket any time you need! Let’s take a look:
1) Give yourself Clarity
There are two types of clarity we want to talk about today, overall strategic clarity, and in-the-moment clarity. Let’s start with strategic:
Strategic clarity refers to the overall big picture. You can look at strategic clarity as your guiding star. It is your values, your beliefs, your personal goals. It’s about knowing what you will and won’t do to get you where you want to go. People with strategic clarity know exactly where they want to go and how they will get there. They have a plan. They know what drives their customers, and how they will use that knowledge to drive their business. They know where to direct their priorities and when to delegate. They know how to motivate their employees and draw in customers. And they know what needs to be done. In other words, they have a big picture plan.
In-the-moment clarity, as you have probably already guessed, doesn’t refer to the big picture, but to the moment in time. It’s about being able to focus on what is going on right now within any given moment. Take a minute to close your eyes. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? This is an example of in-the-moment clarity. You took the time to stop thinking about what was going to happen a day from now, a month from now, a year from now, and focused on the now. Felt good didn’t it?
Now apply it to business. What are you trying to accomplish at this given moment? How will you do that? Who can help you? How much time will you allow yourself to complete this goal? In the- moment-clarity is all about focusing on what needs to be done right now. Complete your goal, boost your confidence, and move forward!
If you don’t commit, you’re not going to succeed. Period. Anything good in life requires commitment, and if you don’t want to give it, then you’re wasting your time.
3) Learn the value of the word No
Too many people are “yes” people. We’ve all heard the term, “just say no”, but rarely do we ever use it. In return, we end up saying yes to so many things that we end up feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, and deflated. Don’t be a “yes man”, be a “no man”. Refuse requests that do not advance your strategic or in-the-moment clarity. By doing so, you can focus more of your time on the things that do matter, and stop wasting your time on the things that don’t.
Unfortunately, saying “no” takes courage. Why? Because most of us are people pleasers. So how can you learn to say no to others? By starting to say “yes” to yourself! Start honouring your own truth, your own values, your own beliefs, and your own time. Once you do this, you will find it much easier to say no.
And if you still have trouble saying no? Remember that “no” adds more value to your “yes”. Now, instead of saying yes because it’s your default, you’re saying yes because it’s something that you actually want to do, that you believe in, and that you’re fully engaged in. In return, you have just added value to your yes!
4) Just hit delete
Okay, so this one steps into the realm of technology, but it is a tool that is literally always at your fingertips – the delete button. Too many times we are overwhelmed with irrelevant emails and documents. All these do is clutter up your life. Learn that it is okay to hit the delete button on something you will never look at again. Declutter your office, declutter your space, declutter your mind, and move forward.
If you can master these tools, you are well on your way to an excellent productivity status. Use them whenever you need them, and then use the technological apps to deal with the other stuff!