To me, remote work is the norm, not the exception. As a full-time planet roamer, I’ve worked in coffee shops, hotel rooms, beach bars, bus terminals, and everywhere in between. On this basis, here are my top seven remote working hacks to remain motivated and productive anywhere.
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For newbies, staying motivated outside of a familiar office environment can be challenging. As with most endeavors, practice makes perfect.
Whether you work at home, in a transport hub, or a coworking space, your mind needs to be fixated on work. The best way to achieve this is to replicate your most productive setup.
My top 7 remote working hacks
Tested in some of the world’s most secluded spots, here are my top 7 remote working hacks to condition any space for efficiency.
1. Set up a dedicated working area
No matter the place, finding your little quiet spot is essential to boost your remote productivity.
What type of location?
There are no limits to your imagination. It can be a table in the corner of an Italian osteria, a bench in a calm city park, or an Airbnb couch.
Prioritize two aspects in the context of choosing your spot: tranquility and space.
Select a place with enough room for your equipment and the odd beverage. If you only have a laptop, this shouldn’t be difficult.
Aside from space, your remote working area should not be subject to noise, distractions, and disturbances.
As an example, if you’re sitting in a coffee shop right next to the entrance, the constant flow of people might become a nuisance.
2. Clear out background noise
To achieve maximum remote productivity, you need to calibrate your senses toward work. That involves clearing out background noise and other surrounding rackets.
Noise-canceling headphones are your best friend in this regard.
Subduing background noise is, however, only the first step. The second is to find an adequate replacement in the form of music, podcasts, or nature sounds.
3. Decide on a schedule
Mirroring your routine is a great habit to duplicate your usual schedule.
If you usually work between 9 am and 1 pm before going for lunch, retaining that schedule will boost your remote working output.
Consequently, by keeping your timetable, you’ll feel less inclined to take unnecessary breaks.
4. Use technology to be more productive – not more distracted
My remote working hacks also encompass the use of productivity-fostering apps.
In this context, Google Drive and Calendar are essentials to share your work and keep track of your to-dos.
Finally, Daywise takes a different approach. The simple app lets you relish breaks by eliminating notifications during pre-defined periods.
5. Keep in touch with colleagues, friends, and family
Remote work does not mean working in isolation.
Be sure to contact colleagues, friends, and family as often as necessary. Keep them up to date on your schedule and inform them of your routine. These catch-ups will help you respect your self-defined timetable.
Besides, people in your social circle may be more experienced and have some additional tips for working remotely. The idea is to avoid seclusion while working outside of your usual environment.
Vice versa, your friends might also require some tips to excel in their grooves. By helping them with your newly internalized remote working hacks, you can set an example for future collaboration.
6. Take interesting breaks
No matter where you’re working, periodic breaks are indispensable. To remain driven and dynamic, enticing breaks can work wonders.
In this context, I like to listen to podcasts and read a couple of pages during my breaks. In case you work in a coffee shop, you could naturally spice up your pause with a rewarding beverage.
If you work at home, be sure to take your break in an area distinct from your designated working space. Switching from the home office to the kitchen is a good idea in this instance.
You’ll mute your working thoughts for a couple of minutes. It will also evacuate the work-related visual clutter. As such, your eyes will enjoy a different view.
There are many ways to use little fun breaks as a productivity stimulant.
As an example, I have a friend who reads five minutes in his favorite cartoons between working blocks. Other people need some sort of physical movement while working remotely.
The main challenge resides in finding your best type of break.
7. Be accountable to yourself and others
Especially for first-timers, accountability is paramount.
If you work from home, remind your partner or roommate of your working schedule.
Notwithstanding the location, set a control routine in your team. Be proactive and tell people what you have done today. Being upfront will ensure both your and your team’s accountability.
It’s always better to admit small lapses in productivity to yourself than to be forced to explain major failures to an entire team.
That’s why you should evaluate your progress frequently and inform your coworkers as often as possible.
If you have a boss, showing accountability will also inspire trust in your abilities when it comes to remote work.
Useful links on The Best Remote Working Hacks to Stay Productive Anywhere
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- read 10 Simple Steps to Instant Productivity Improvement
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Jack Krier is a writer, photographer, and full-time globetrotter. Thanks to minimalism, he built his ideal lifestyle around travel and online entrepreneurship, becoming a digital nomad in the process. On Minimalist Focus, he shares his ideas on minimalism and lifestyle design, helping thousands of readers improve their lives by focusing on the essentials.