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5 Tips for Staying Productive While Working Remotely

October 1, 2015

I spent the summer doing a lot of remote work. It’s what most people dream about when they envision the freelance lifestyle – not being tied to a desk or any specific location. Yes, I won’t deny that it is an amazing perk to working for yourself or running an online business, but it’s probably not what you’re picturing. Being mobile doesn’t mean doing less work. It also doesn’t mean working while sipping cocktails on the beach. 

Below are the five things I’ve learned and now implement religiously in order to make the “working remotely” dream a reality (spoiler alert – you still have to do the work): 

Tip 1: Remove yourself from any fun

It may be tempting to plant yourself in the middle of the action with your laptop to “get work done” surrounded by your family and friends, but let’s be real, no one can do real work in that environment. My first tip is to remove yourself from it. For obvious reasons, I would hope… 

Tip 2: Find a productive environment

Find somewhere you’ll actually be productive. Whether it be a coffee shop or staying at home while your friends go exploring, find a quiet, distraction-free environment so you can be as efficient as possible.

Tip 3: Maintain office hours

You may decide to work fewer hours, or maybe you’ll decide to work more hours while you travel, either way it’s good practice to decide what those “office hours” will be in advance and try to stick to them. That way you know when it’s time to work and you’ll feel good about packing it in when your work day ends. 

Tip 4: Decide in advance if there will be days you will take as vacation

If you are able to take time off while traveling, then you should absolutely go for it, but make sure to plan that in advance (let clients know, set an out of office, etc). It will help you relax and totally unplug on any vacation you worked hard for. 

Tip 5: Let your audience know you’re working 

It’s important that your social network and your clients know that you’re still working. As you share pics of the all the fun you’re having, be sure you’re also sharing business or work updates. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity because potential clients think you’re on vacation all the time.

Do you have any tips to add to this? I’m still trying to master the art of work & travel, so input is encouraged :) 

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