Whether you have chosen to work as you travel to fund your trips or your company allows working remotely, you may discover that it can be a challenge to work on your own. In a shared office environment, your boss and co-workers are aware of how much or how little you may be working. At home, it’s a different story.
It can be a challenge to learn how to manage your time effectively when you no longer have the physical presence of someone overlooking your shoulder. It’s also difficult to only focus on work when you work at home. What do you do to increase productivity? Do you have any practices that help you stay focused? Here are five tips to help you get the best return on your time spent working remotely:
Determine what time of the day is best for your work ethic
Think back to when you were studying at college. Did you study better at night or did you find that knocking it out in the morning worked best for you? We all have a time of the day where we peak and can focus better than at other times. I am most productive in the morning right after I’ve had my coffee. It’s important to understand your work ethic and style.
If you’re traveling and working remotely at the same time, work hard and play hard
It can be a challenge to do the traveling and working thing but when you do it right, it can be an incredible experience. Yet, more than in any other scenario, you’ll have to make sure that you schedule your time wisely. You don’t want to be working and dreaming of exploring or exploring and stressed about working. A good way to plan this type of lifestyle is to set aside blocks of time and focus on each activity that you’re doing with your whole mind. When it’s time to work, you’ll get things done. When it’s time to play and explore, you’ll enjoy it so much more.
Get out of the house and go to a co-working space
Consider working outside the house, such as at a favorite coffee shop or a coworking spot. A coworking space is an ideal work environment. It’s easier to treat your work as work when you are paying for the office space, have people working around you, and need to “get to work” every day. Some people need human interaction and have a difficult time working alone at home. If you’re this type of individual, shared workspaces could be the best option for you. Just make sure to follow the proper etiquette rules while using a shared office space.
Turn off your phone for intervals of 30 minutes at a time
We are glued to our phones and social media these days. This habit can be a big downfall to productivity; especially when working remotely. If you don’t depend on your phone for your job, practice turning it off every 30 minutes for blocks of focused work. Put your phone down for 30 minutes at a time. When you complete a stretch of 30 minutes, give yourself time to browse and then get back to work. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save when you’re off your phone!
Create a designated work environment
If you are going to work remotely at your house, consider setting up a home office. Waking up in the morning and heading to your desk in the bedroom may not be the best way to get things done. If you have space for a home office, you’ll want to make sure that it is uncluttered and clean. You don’t want to be thinking about dusting and cleaning when you should be thinking about things like reports, content, design, etc. If you happen to have your family or roommates at home when you are still “clocked-in,” let them know that you cannot be disturbed until you leave your office.
It is many people’s dream to work from home nowadays but not everyone realizes just how much self-discipline, focus, and dedication it requires. For some people, it’s even more demanding than having to go to an office every day. Once you learn how to maneuver the world of remote work, you can take full advantage of the benefits found in “being your own boss.”