Maximising productivity when working remotely

 

The chance to work remotely sounds enticing, and is the stuff of dreams for most. Take a break from office politics, or an afternoon break to go for a yoga class (or a safari, while you at it, why not?). Vacation while working.  But it still is work.

 

As remote working is becoming more common, but there are some tricks and habits you should adopt to maximize effectiveness and have a good work-life balance. Because working remotely it’s not necessarily as easy breezy as outsiders sometimes think. In fact, since you usually don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re doing your job—and the lines between “home” and “office” can get pretty blurred— remote work can actually be more challenging. You’re your own boss!

 

So if you’re a remote worker or even a digital nomad, check wisinomad’s 12 tips to stay balanced:

 

  1. Figure out a schedule that works for you

It’s important to find when you are most productive, and plan when to get your rest. This is especially if you have to interact with colleagues in different time zones. João, last week’s guest details how his life as a digital nomad and English teacher has led to him adopting weekends on Wednesday and Thursday.

  1. Group meetings and appointments

 

These are constant pain to plan and make sure schedules are in sync. Doodle and Boomerang Calendar make it easier to find times when everyone is available.

  1. A change of scenery can do wonders for your productivity

Sometimes hitting the reset button can be beneficial. Trying new things to gain a fresh perspective on things .    

  1. Invest in a dedicated work space

While spending a bit more money seems counterintuitive to the digital nomad life, find ways to provide a good working environment for yourself. This should offer productivity improvements

  1. Don’t work in your pajamas, dress like you’re going to the office

Although you have the option to just hang out in your PJs, get into “work” mode to improve focus. Create silos for work and leisure to separate different parts of your life.

  1. Invest in work materials

A great part of being a digital nomad is the work component, so as a diligent professional it is prudent invest in your craft.

 

  1. Reduce distractions

Similar to creating a dedicated work space, find your nook and environment that enables you to focus on your tasks.

  1. Plan social interaction into your days

A well-balanced life is a key to success. Delegate days to spend time with other people who share similar interests in activities outside of your primary work field.

  1. Embrace video calls and “do not disturb”

Video calls offer a chance to convey emotion and feeling when distance is a factor, so spend time with friends and colleagues on video calls. It offers a window to connect and maintain relationships, even while traveling. But don’t be afraid to disconnect in order to focus on your work.

  1. Plan your week ahead of time

Although scheduling ahead of time is old age advice, it  can’t be overemphasized as it allows you to figure out how much preparation you need to do. And an additional bonus, gives sufficient room to tackle unexpected challenges that might arise in your work.

  1. Find your “productivity playlist”

Find music that allows you to do your best work, even if it’s white noise. Some people find it relaxing or if you prefer, get more up-tempo to get you in the “work” zone.

  1. Use your peak hours effectively

And of course, when you set aside time do your best work. If you are a morning person, plan to get the most challenging tasks then, and have the other tasks scheduled for later. If you prefer any other time, plan accordingly.

 

If you have more tips to share with us, just comment bellow!

 

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