With the remote work onslaught taking place thanks to a pandemic known as COVID-19 I thought I would share my thoughts on how to work from home like the badass that you are.

First off, this really is your chance. The one you have been wanting for years. To convince your boss that working from home is not only a good idea but a great one. In order to do that you need to be really productive, I mean even more than you are in the office.

This terrible pandemic does provide a golden opportunity for proving that remote work…

Engineer Your Resurrection by Skip Blankley

I don’t know what it is about a good underdog story, but they get me every time. When someone comes back in the last minute, against all odds, to slay the dragon, I get the chills. Seeing someone accomplish their goals while facing various forms and levels of adversity inspires me like nothing else.

In most of these stories, you have someone that faces their fears and accepts the challenge the universe has presented them with. There is a rock bottom moment, or at least a defining moment, in their story that places them at a crossroads.

To move in…

Working in a coffee shop.
Working in a coffee shop.
Kula Coffee inside the Atlanta Tech Village (where I wrote this).

Your ability to build and maintain a strong level of focus is going to be your secret weapon and what keeps you employable.

Whiteboard Artist Unknown, Digital Rendering & Modifications by Skip Blankley

We are hard-wired for distraction and the world we live in is feeding us a level of chaos we have never seen.

I ask you to spend 5 minutes in total silence, and I mean no traffic noise, no music, no kids, no keyboard clacking, just you and your breath.

Pay attention to what that silence feels like. …

Deer In Backyard (Photo by Skip Blankley)

“Maybe stalking the woods is as vital to the human condition as playing music or putting words to paper. Maybe hunting has as much of a claim on our civilized selves as anything else. After all, the earliest forms of representational art reflect hunters and prey. While the arts were making us spiritually viable, hunting did the heavy lifting of not only keeping us alive, but inspiring us. To abhor hunting is to hate the place from which you came, which is akin to hating yourself in some distant, abstract way.”

― Steven Rinella

For years now, I have wanted…

Sibley Pond (photo by Skip Blankley)

I have never considered myself a writer, nor do I now, but I did take a short writing course last summer that was taught by a good friend of mine, Sarah Selecky.

In this class, we went through several writing exercises that I enjoyed very much. The idea that stuck with me the most, and the one I am choosing to exercise now, was the freewriting exercise.

You simply sit your ass down with a pen in your hand, and a piece of paper on the table in front you, or in my case a laptop, and just start writing.

Photo and Image Manipulation by Skip Blankley

You hear more and more these days how important it is to “unplug” and “get off the grid” to restore balance to your professional and personal life. I believe with every fiber of my high-speed internet that this is becoming not just important but one of the most important elements of a life well-lived.

I put it right up there with a healthy diet, exercise, and good night of sleep. …

If you have trouble staying focused or with procrastination there is a very simple technique that when used correctly can lead to super-high levels of productivity.

I personally have been using this technique for about 5 years now and it is hands down one of the most effective ways to get shit done.

A Little Background

The word “Pomodoro” means tomato in Italian, and Francesco Cirillo, an Italian university student in the 1980’s would use the Pomodoro Kitchen Timer to stay on task and break his work into timed intervals.

Originally the technique called for 25 minutes of focused work, followed by a…

I read recently that a consultant who worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, politicians, game changers and general badasses noticed in his days of consulting that there was one thing about his clients that separated them from less successful people in similar positions.

When presented with a problem, a task, a request, or anything that required action, they took an immediate step towards getting it done.

They didn’t necessarily finish the task, but they got things rolling. After all productivity is not always about crossing the finish line, oftentimes it just about getting the wheels turning.

Imagine you are having a…

Balancing rocks on the river.
Balancing rocks on the river.
Photo by Skip Blankley

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ’Til your good is better and your better is best. — St. Jerome

It is this simple; leave EVERYTHING in better shape than you found it. Apply this to your life across the board and life will be better in every way.

Next time you come home to the family, tell yourself that making their moods and lives a little bit better with your words and actions is all you need to do. …

Skip Blankley

Serial Entrepreneur. Consultant. A life hacker just exploring the universe. skipblankley.com

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