Our guest this episode is James O’Reilly. He is the President of Life Time Work, Life Time’s co-working spaces, and an expert on new model work spaces and optimizing productivity.
For those of us who don’t typically work from home, we’re figuring out this new way of operating. O’Reilly discusses some of the challenges that may come along with that.
Along with the challenges, there are also a number of benefits to working remotely, such as more (and different) time with loved ones and greater opportunities for deep work.
O’Reilly has five tips for helping people stay productive, healthy, and engaged while working from home. His first is around the importance of creating a designated work space.
O’Reilly’s second tip is around being planful. If you have kids at home, this tip can be particular important.
O’Reilly’s third tip urges us to create — and do our best to stick to — a routine. Something that’s been helpful in informing his routine is understanding his personal chronotype and looking at how that affects the way and times he works.
Using efficient technology is O’Reilly’s fourth tip, and is a critical aspect of working remotely. Some platforms he recommends are Microsoft® Teams, UberConference®, WhatsApp, Zoom, and Slack.
David Freeman asks O’Reilly about his last tip: exercising. O’Reilly details his workout routine and how he finds movement positively impacts his day.
In addition to the benefits that come with working remotely, O’Reilly has noticed additional silver linings that have presented themselves during this unusual time.
O’Reilly discusses his boundaries around his news and media intake, as well as what he’s found helps support his mental well-being at this moment in time.