happy polar vortex from corporate
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4925
Due to extreme weather your local branch of the homeplaceofthefuture has decided it’s too dangerous to have their employee(s) work the rest of this week. They’re encouraging these employees to go see a movie, socialize, shower and treat themselves to something to eat not found pre-packaged.
have powerpoint will travel
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4921
Have you ever travelled by plane to present a PowerPoint presentation and only a PowerPoint presentation?
..........and I'm not proud of it. I seriously left my cozy home office, didn't wear my uniform and had to see people (eww) just to show a few slides, shake some hands and eat a meal at the airport Chili's.
The parents are so proud that Mr. homeplaceofthefuture travels across the country, but if they only knew.....
staying home and saving money
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4917
Tell someone you work from home. Do it, I dare you! You'll get a few different responses, but not many.
Odds are it'll be like Family Feud....we've asked 100 people who work home the top 5 benefits of doing so and I would wager to say (after I beat my nemesis to the buzzer) that saving money would be #2.
Over the past 4917 days or so....give or take a few thousand I've compiled a list of ways we save money in the homeplaceofthefuture and before I publish that list in a lengthy blogpost, I'll leave you with one of my favorites
"If it's yellow....leave it mellow. If it's brown....flush it down."
competence is rare
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4913
If there's one thing I have learned in my years of fighting the inbox with clients & colleagues alike its never respond in anger!
I like to give myself a pep talk vs. responding in anger to their less than stellar correspondence. Mark my words that in the future competence & common sense will be valuable traits in the workforceofthefuture, but for now in the homeplaceofthefuture I'm drinking my good coffee in my uniform and telling myself how great I am.
Repeat after me
competence is rare......competence is rare......competence is rare........competence is rare
common sense isn't that common........common sense isn't that common
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4905
Whether or not you like someone you always, ALWAYS start an email or conversation in early January with Happy New Year. Awkward - Check! Tradition - Check! Do I really care if they have a Happy New Year, I leave that to you......
In my 4905 (give or take a few thousand) days of working from home and dealing with emails & calls, I've never experienced so many emails and calls that don't begin with this customary greeting. Is it a sign of the times? Are we tired of Donald Trump? Do people hate their lives & careers that much that they cannot change the typical "what's up" or "Hey Dummy" with a simple "Happy New Year"?
I'm sensing a trend and I don't like it. The New Year is our once a year chance to get a clean slate via a fresh calendar year. We get chances all year, but if you are a perfectionist like me, this is it - the big show!
It's a good thing I work from home because things like this have a tendency to make me bitter and say a few choice words that would normally land you in HR's office. Case in point I got an email from Scrooge (an unnamed client) on January 3 (no joke) and simply said this:
I died a little bit when I read that. status? Seriously you sat around the entire holiday season waiting to email me with one word, status?
I've got a status for you, but first it's time for lunch!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4900
The uniform idea is catching on. I envision a "workfromhomearmy" of black t'shirts, dark jeans and snazzy sneakers coming to a coffee shop or more likely a bar near you.
Forbes gets it!
"By wearing the same thing every day, you'll better realize what's important to you"
happy new year
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4898
Well you made it...another year. Congratulations.
If you're like the 95% of the working world that doesn't like their job than January 2 is the most depressing day of the year. Think about it....really think about it. When is your next scheduled day off? The homeplaceofthefuture and the workplaceofthepast (my old gig) doesn't care about civil rights, president's birthday parties and even the resurrection of our Lord - the homeplaceofthefuture's next scheduled day off is Memorial Day!
I hope your holiday time off was nice because that restful feeling along with the warm fuzzies has to last most of us until May 27 (145 days to go!)
What does this mean for the virtual worker? If anything it's a time to get that home office cleaned and organized because you are going to be there for awhile. I tend to use the holidays as part of my bi-annual cleaning marathon where I declutter, disinfect and lay out a fresh bowl of candy in preparation for the busy season until the summer.
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