These are the things that you have to look at when you are in the workday. You are doing the same thing all day, and it is just that your time is longer in the morning, at the end of the day. The difference is that you are in the office. You have to look at these things to see what you are doing, what your habits are, and how you can improve.
The most important thing to consider as you are working from home is your personal habits. Most people in the office have their work habits established long before they move to the workday. So what are they doing when they are working from home? Are they watching TV, or are they reading a book? They may be listening to music, or checking email, or writing something down. There are no rules.
It is important to determine how you are using your time from the time you move into your workday. A common mistake people make is to think that they have to be working in front of the computer at 8:00 or 9:00 to be productive. When you are in your office, you have a computer running at 8:00 or 9:00, so it makes sense that you should be doing work. But you should never be doing work in front of the computer.
You should always be performing tasks in front of your keyboard or phone, so your brain is not preoccupied with thoughts like “Oh man… this is going to take forever.
If you are going to be productive, you should always be doing things in front of your computer, or out in front of your phone, or doing something in front of something else. At most you will be doing things in front of your phone. If you are always doing things in front of your phone, you will not be fully aware of your surroundings and will not be able to perform effective tasks.
The research is clear. If you’re not doing anything productive, you are actually doing more work than if you were actually doing productive things. So, if you’re always doing things in front of your phone, you will be doing less work than if you were doing productive things in front of your phone. This is because your brain is constantly engaged with your phone, so it is not engaged with anything else.
The way I learned this was by a study I did. I took a bunch of people with me to a lab and told them to think about their day. I asked them to write down what they were doing. Then I told them to tell me what they thought about that. The thing that most people wrote down were things that they were doing that were productive. What the people that wrote down productive things were doing was writing down things that they weren’t doing.
I think this is particularly interesting because we generally don’t ask for things to be done “productive”. I’ve been doing this a long time, so I know what the right thing to do is to have someone else do. The problem is that most people will do something that is productive for them, but their way of thinking about it is that it is bad. In a sense, they don’t want to do it.
What we need is an effective tool to help us think about what we should be doing. That tool is called the ‘workday prism’ which is a tool that helps us figure out what we should be doing. I am not sure if anyone has figured out what it is yet, but I am sure that it is something that will be very useful to everyone.