In my blog post From Desk Jockey to Badass Remote Worker in a Few Easy Steps, I offer some tips to help you be a more efficient remote worker. Number one: create a workspace. This may sound obvious, but a defined workspace is critical to remote work. What I forgot to mention is that once this workspace is created, you need to remind yourself to get up and walk around at least once per hour.

There is plenty of medical literature about the dangers of being too sedentary and what to do about it. When you work alone, it is very easy to just sit at your workspace and not get up. One of the easiest things to do is to set an hourly alarm on your smartphone. It will serve as a reminder to stand up, stretch, and walk around the room for a few minutes.

The coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate. Everyone I know is in search of the best way to stay safe. The TV doctors are saying one thing, the internet doctors are saying other things. We need a reliable “single source” of truth. If it exists, I have not found it. If you have, please share.


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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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