Becoming a Pro at Working Remotely

If you are working remotely these days, you might consider our recommendations for books that will help hone your skills, change your approach, and improve strategies to make the process less tiresome, more effective, and enjoyable. Click the book covers below to access the ebook in Overdrive.

A very timely book, written by a group of people who flourished and prospered as remote employees.

The book discusses myriads of topics pertinent to the subject of the book, such as how to avoid loneliness when you are the only person in your home office, or how to connect to others remotely. 

Fortified by their experience of working remotely, the authors give various ideas and share secrets of doing the work productively, thus inspiring readers to search for the best solution that will work for them.

The guru of decluttering and life organization, Marie Kondo (author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy) applies her revolutionary system and principles to guide a reader in clearing clutter and reorganizing the workplace.

Nowadays, working remotely might mean perfecting one’s computer skills, learning new software, or getting deeper into familiar applications.

Here are some recommendations for you:

Our everyday lives are fully submerged in the digital world – communication with the boss, colleagues, and employees requires different approaches, but all use communication software and applications, and video chat services such as Zoom.

Good manners in the digital world differ from in-person communication; the Internet Language has its own rules and etiquette.

This digital world etiquette guide comes from the Emily Post Institute, THE authoritative source on manners and etiquette.

You will learn about maintaining privacy and security of online profiles and accounts, how to separate the professional and personal selves online, how to handle various announcements on social media, and other online communication issues and challenges.

Gretchen McCulloch, an Internet linguist, explores the evolution of the English language, brought forth by Internet communication and forces behind those changes.

Learn Internet jargon and abbreviations, proper punctuation in messages, and what memes are – this is the new, ‘online,’ English.

Being a home-office employee, fully immersed into work, might make you forget about maintaining physical and emotional fitness that is so important for one’s well-being.

Do not forget to introduce fitness, yoga, meditation, or even tea breaks into your routine during work hours.

As always, all digital books are accessible through Overdrive/Libby and are available with your library card.

A Calming Classical Soundtrack

Perhaps you’d just like to be for a while. Breathe in, breathe out. Reset your anxious mind. Release negative emotions. I’m not talking about virtual yoga classes here (though what an excellent idea!). I’m talking about revisiting–or discovering anew–the soothing power of classical music.

Your “new normal” routine may not allow you to drop everything and de-stress for long periods of time–and that’s where our newly-curated 2020 APL Calming Classical Soundtrack on hoopla will stand you in good stead! Pop in your earbuds and live in a soul-soothing soundscape while going about your daily tasks. You’ll have the illusion of a “calm bubble” while still maintaining productivity and maybe saving your sanity! 

Chief among the 35 work-friendly offerings in this collection are albums featuring composers from the Baroque and Classical eras: Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. There’s a reason for that! The music of these periods tends to be highly patterned and structured, with repeated themes and variations on those themes. Ideally, as you listen, your thoughts will untangle themselves and your concentration will improve.

You might try the albums Big Bach Set, Vol. 3, Handel: Water Music, Haydn: Classical Music for Relaxation, Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, or Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35 & 39. Or go for baroque (bad pun, sorry) with a mixtape of sorts, featuring recorder soloist Lucie Horsch: Baroque Journey. And if you need to break your concentration for a while and stretch those desk-cramped limbs, you can’t go wrong with some lively Elizabethan birthday party music.

There’s plenty more to explore in the collection–good, old-fashioned lullabies, Romantic-era de-stressors like Fauré and Debussy, and even albums with “dream” or “chill” in the title–all recently released.

And if you exhaust these selections, have a look at hoopla’s The Most Relaxing Series for even more classical comfort. You can breathe out now!