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  Reply # 1210240 7-Jan-2015 23:10
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Wow! all good suggestions ThankYou I have passed the thread to my son.

Can I ask out of interest , I suppose because it is topical at present with Mr Zuch in the news, and articles like this Article

 

What All Great Leaders Have In Common

 

What All Great Leaders Have In Common

 

What All Great Leaders Have In Common

 

What All Great Leaders Have In Common

 

What great leaders have in common

The people that commented here approximately how many books fiction or non fiction do you read a month? 




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  Reply # 1210261 7-Jan-2015 23:28
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I read like it's going out of fashion. My Kindle is picked up and put down many times a day - I will read even whilst just waiting for the kettle to boil.

I mostly read fiction and between 2 and 6 books in a month, depending on the size. I've read voraciously since I was a child: at school we had a one hour period called 'rest' after lunch in which we were required to read a book (of our choice) in silence, so school only reinforced that habit.





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  Reply # 1210265 7-Jan-2015 23:33
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richms: And if you have a home phone, it stays out of the office area, and you ignore it ringing when you are the only one home during the day.


This is true - I no longer have one thanks to the wonders of Vodafone, but my father used to work at home.

We had one number and then he decided he would have a 'work' number at home. Which then became the fax line so the original number was the only one he took calls on anyway..!

I used to get calls from him saying "Did you just ring me?" in a mad panic - usually I had not, and he would say "Oh well, must have been someone else then" and put the phone down and continue his round robin calling trying to ID the mystery caller! Before CID days of course. Used to drive Mother potty and of course if anyone rang her, he'd harrumph after a minute or so in case he was missing work calls!

So yes - keep the phone separate and ignore it unless it is the work line.





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  Reply # 1210291 8-Jan-2015 00:41
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1/Office Hygene : No tea / coffee / no off topic phone calls, just work.
2/Planning : I spend 5% of my time planning the other 95. I keep it very simple and flexible
3/Stress.: hate to say it but sometimes having way too much to do is remarkably efficient, nothing motivates like deadlines.
4/ breaks: I learned long ago that I can only focus hard for about 30 mins at a time, taking 3-5 mins off for a glass of water 9 also essential) is well worth it.


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  Reply # 1210294 8-Jan-2015 00:47
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I have a separate office.  it has a tv and treadmill in it, but computer is facing away from the tv.  "desk" is a 3 monitor racing rig, which I mostly bought for ergonomics and it was a good buy that came with 3 large screens (trademe :)).  It has a gaming pc attached to it, but I have a usb switch and a laptop dock that I use for my work laptop so I switch to that, so no access to games.

I work from home maybe 2 days a month on average.  I tend to get more work done at home, as there no meetings or other distractions, I don't mind working longer hours at home.    I'm a very tasked based worker, where I look at what I want to get done in the morning and basically finish whenever I finish those tasks.  

Key is to have an office with a good computer setup, good internet connection to the office is also helpful.  

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OK Well I am the son (Hello!). 

I kind of figured intuitively that I should have a separate area so I moved my laptop into the loungeroom where there is a table/chairs. This helps a lot. I also created a new user in Windows for "Work" and I sign into this when I start my day. 

I created a schedule, currently it's 9am-5pm, 1 hr lunch at 12-1. It's novel to "go to lunch" at home :) 

I schedule 15mins "planning time" from 9-9.15 and write in a .rtf file what I'm going to do that day and when. 

I also keep a separate "work journal" which is basically a more free flowing plan, just what I'm thinking about/want to accomplish. 

Would appreciate any comments/advice on making the switch from working for the man to working for yourself?

Got some very helpful responses on Reddit regarding self employment/small biz. Here's the link if you're curious: http://www.reddit.com/r/smallbusiness/comments/2rick5/im_33_and_want_to_become_an_entrepreneur_how_do_i/ 



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  Reply # 1210363 8-Jan-2015 09:39
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gnfb: Wow! all good suggestions ThankYou I have passed the thread to my son.

Can I ask out of interest , I suppose because it is topical at present with Mr Zuch in the news, and articles like this Article What All Great Leaders Have In Common What All Great Leaders Have In Common What All Great Leaders Have In Common What All Great Leaders Have In Common What great leaders have in common

The people that commented here approximately how many books fiction or non fiction do you read a month? 


The thing they have in common is that all read voraciously according to the article, but you'd wonder how they find the time?  Perhaps the second thing all great leaders have in common is the skill to delegate.




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