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The Virtual Workspace Quagmire

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OK, so a lot of us are self employed these days. According to fastcompany.com working smart for yourself is a question of three disciplines: time management, money management, and expectations management. That’s a lot of managing for a one human shop.

Their recommendation for time management? To help make a psychological transition to work without the physical commute. They suggest that a familiar, comfortable and isolated work environment is important. “The key is to train your brain that when you’re in this space, it’s time to work.” Good advice!

But what about our virtual work environments? As soon as our workday touches the internet we’re placed in virtual environments which are usually designed to keep our attention for as long as possible. In short, the internet can take us out of our carefully constructed work environment as easily as any physical distraction can. That’s why I talk about a virtual workspace quagmire (I love saying “quagmire”.)

So how can we procrastinate less when we’re working online? The choice seems to be between going cold turkey, learning from feedback, and creating incentives for yourself. Leechblock helps you block off websites you’ve pre-programmed during set business hours. ProcrasDonate gives you a procrastination gauge at the top of your screen so you can always see how you’re doing and also lets you set up a charitable incentive to improve your time management.

As one of the founders of ProcrasDonate I have tried our system and I actually find it fun to use. But I’d love to hear about your experience using these or other solutions. What works for you?

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Written by clayward

April 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Posted in tips, work space

Idea: Jog around treasure hunt replaces work.

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Everyone seems to love mining for gold on World of Warcraft… this was the subject of conversation at Brambleberry Manor (help them save their ducks) over the weekend. And since then my subconscious has been processing the latent terror (click, click, click… baby, I just need 10 more gold pieces to finish this mission). So how can we engage the “mine for gold” instinct in a productive (and wrist healthy) way?

Show up to work at ProcrasDonate and we’ll hand you a treasure map. There is no desk waiting for you here. There is work to get done and human scale self motivation systems to do it. Pivotal Tracker is the first step. Daily treasure maps the next?

I show up to work, scan my card and a fortune cookie slip pops out with the todo list that I asked for yesterday. There’s a nice note from my boss about last week’s project which I skip because a new ship is appearing on my ipad treasure map! I head over to pink harbor, tap my card and watch a 30 second missive sent from development. I have a “silver pidgeon” that’s about to expire so I send my own 30 second spot back on priority. I vote for a 2 degree increase in temperature before jogging off to my next appointment.

OK, interning for ProcrasDonate isn’t quite that much fun. But we do create a self directed and flexible project strategy for everyone we work with. So email us at… info (at) procrasdonate (dot) com ….if you’d like to get involved.

Written by clayward

March 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Posted in fun, ideas, work space