Episode 028October 20, 2020
What do you think working from home will look like in 5 years? What about 15 years? The landscape could look comletely different, so why not get some insight from someone who has worked from home that long? On today's show we welcome our good friend Sean McCabe of seanwes to talk about automating processes, setting up systems, and developing a work environment over the better part of 15 years.
Episode 027October 13, 2020
Working from home means you're the one who ultimately manages your own time and structure. Without solid practices and habits in place, you can very easily get overwhelmed by the sheer number of things that have to be done. In this episode we take a closer look at how to break down tasks and get things done.
Episode 026October 06, 2020
Sitting at a desk all day can really take a toll on your health in many ways, and when you work from home that is really easy to do. In this episode we take a deep dive into ways you can stay active and healthy without being overwhelmed. We are by no means health experts but we have learned some tough lessons along the way and want to highly this topic. It often gets pushed to the side but is truly vital when working from home, often in isolation.
Episode 025September 29, 2020
It seems like everyone and everything is trying to get a piece of your time and attention. Notifications, emails, family, co-workers, deadlines, side-projects, and a hundred other things pull at you from all directions. How do you decide what can stay and what needs to give? In this episode we discuss how we manage our time and energy so that the most important things in life get the attention they need.
Episode 024September 23, 2020
Imagine you're sitting at home, minding your own business, getting your work done, when suddenly the power goes out. No electricity, no internet. For most people who are working from home, this means being unable to actually do any work, or at least any of the critical things. What if your computer stops working, or your primary tool of work breaks? Do you have a plan? What steps will you take if all of a sudden everything breaks down? Are you prepared to handle the unexpected? In today's episode we discuss how we're preparing for worst case scenarios and how you can prepare your own work environment for the unexpected.
Episode 023September 15, 2020
Working from home is a mix of structure and chaos, routine and unknown. Life has changed for a lot of people this year, and our work environments seem to keep shifting as well. Every few episodes we pretend like we're not recording and just have a conversation like we're catching up at a coffee shop, and on today's show we talk about some of the ways we keep focused even when life is constantly changing around us.
Episode 022September 08, 2020
We sat down with Jeff Sheldon, the founder and designer of Ugmonk, to chat about how he stays organized while running his lifestyle brand from home. With over 10 years of experience working from home, Jeff shared valuable insights about working from home with a family, getting things done, and what the future of working from home may look like.
Episode 021September 01, 2020
In an office setting there is more control over where you are and when you are there. Even other small factors are delegated, that just comes with the territory. But when you work from home there is a dynamic shift. Where you are and specifically when you are there are less important in many cases and the focus falls more on your output. Working from home affords us some flexibility, so what does it look like to stay healthy and on track when you can set up some rules for yourself?
Episode 020August 25, 2020
In the previous episode we talked about different types of software we regularly use when working from home. Software is only half of the puzzle, and at some point you have to start thinking about the physical items you have to assist you in your work. In today's show we talk about the "hardware" we have to work from home better, even some of the not-so-obvious ones.
Episode 019August 18, 2020
It's almost inevitable that if you work from home you're going to be on a computer of some sort. The software you use on a daily basis becomes the means by which you get your work done, and so we think you should be using the best software you can. In this episode we talk about some of our favorite apps and services and how we use them.
Episode 018August 11, 2020
There are a lot of podcasts out there about leaders and how they manage employees. It's not hard to find articles and interviews by business owners and managers about how they manage teams. In this episode we thought it might be interesting to talk about the other side of things, from the perspective of a remote worker up.
Episode 017August 04, 2020
One of the challenges with working from home is building trust and relationship between you and your coworkers. It's easy to occupy the same digital space and get work done without knowing anything about your team. Better relationships leads to better work, and so the challenge is worth it. As a follow-up to the previous episode on the downsides of working alone, we discuss some practical ways to get to know your coworkers when working remotely.
Episode 016July 28, 2020
There's really no way about it: when you work remotely, you're going to work alone more often than not. A lot of really great focused work can come from the lack of distraction, and there are a lot of reasons why this sometimes produces really great results. There is, however, a significant downside, one that can damage your team and company culture in significant ways. Let's talk about how to break the cycle of working in a vacuum.
Episode 015July 21, 2020
Most episodes on this show have a specific topic related to working from home, but today we stepped back to just check in with each other and talk about our current circumstances and how we're doing. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join in on our conversation.
Episode 014July 14, 2020
Working from home is great but can also have some troublesome side effects, one of which is completely forgetting to stop working for long periods of time. Sometimes we can go entire days without taking breaks, and it shouldn't be hard to figure out that that's not healthy. In this episode we talk about various types of breaks you can and should implement in your work schedule.
Episode 013July 07, 2020
In the previous episode we talked about video calls specifically and our own fatigue with them. In this episode we’re going to put our focus directly on meetings. When you work remote, they can be either helpful...or very much not. Are they actually necessary, or are there other ways to communicate that improve how we work?
Episode 012June 30, 2020
You know it. We know it. Video calls are here and they are in abundance. Whether it's for work, family, friends, or something else entirely, we are finding ourselves in front of our screens and on video calls more than ever before. On today's episode we talk about the impact that the increase in video calls is having on us and discuss some practical ways you can give yourself, your eyes, and your mind, some much needed recuperation.
Episode 011June 23, 2020
The tendency to become distracted can be challenging to overcome, especially when you work in an environment by yourself or when there's copious amounts of freedom given. The discipline required to really get things done at home has to come from within. You have to take control of your attention and cut out the things that are taking your focus away from where it needs to be. In this episode, we're going to talk about one of the top distractions that is begging for your attention every minute of every day and how to overcome it.
Episode 010June 16, 2020
We recently heard from a friend: "I am struggling so bad with doing anything productive at work. All I want to do is my own stuff." Side projects can be great, and they have the power to positively shape our lives in incredible ways. But how do you balance work, side projects, family, friends, and everything else? In this episode, we talk about how to make sure that your side project doesn't take over, but instead becomes part of your life in a healthy way.
Episode 009June 09, 2020
When you work from home, you never "go home". So how do you know when your day is over? How do you signal to yourself that it's time to be done? Somedays it feels like the work is never going to end, but it's because we haven't established boundaries for ourselves and scheduled out our days. Working too much may feel more productive, but you're on your way to burnout. In this episode we talk about setting boundaries, routines to wrap up work, and regulating yourself toward a healthier work day.
Episode 008June 02, 2020
On today's show we had the great privilege of welcoming our good friend Austin Saylor to the show. He's a motion designer who has been working from home for almost four years and brings a great perspective on running his own business while working remote.
Episode 007May 26, 2020
Working in an office or directly around other people provides you with a context of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with co-workers and get or receive information. Working from home means you have to be much more intentional about information, relationships, and communication with those you work with. In this episode we talk about how to improve your online communication with your workmates and why it's important to foster as much clarity and understanding as possible.
Episode 006May 19, 2020
There are two "categories" of people you have to learn to communicate with when you work from home: the people in your life and the people on the other side of the screen. In this episode we talk about how you can communicate with people in your life and how it can help set the tone of your work life.
Episode 005May 12, 2020
For many remote workers, the work day begins once the headphones come on and the playlist starts rolling. We turn the music up to 11 and get down to business. On today's episode we talk about the pros and cons of listening to music, podcasts, and other audio while trying to get work done.
Episode 004May 05, 2020
Little chunks of time can be slowly eaten away when you work at home, but all of those little chunks have to go somewhere. How can you structure your day to accomplish meaningful work while staying far away from burnout? Let's talk about it.
Episode 003April 30, 2020
Getting dressed and ready puts your brain in a different mode. It’s a clear distinction between sleep time and work time. Not only do you feel better, but you’ll also have more confidence as you go to get your work done.
Episode 002April 30, 2020
Figuring out a good rhythm of work and life when working from home can be tricky. It takes time and intentionality to assign roles to your space, and how you view your working context is key to healthy and mindful separation.
Episode 001April 30, 2020
Welcome to Commuteless, a show about working from home with less stress and more freedom so you can live life on your terms. In this initial episode we talk about our experience of working from home and discuss our vision for this show.