For some, the ability to work from anywhere at any time is a pipe dream. For many, it is now becoming a reality. The ability to choose your workplace and hours each day is a luxury you might long for, but it’s not without its pitfalls.
If you’re a digital nomad, working online enables new freedom and lifestyle. However, with no supervisor breathing down your neck (physically at least) it can be a challenge to stay focused.
If you find yourself getting distracted, read our 5 remote work tips to help keep you in check.
Remote Work Tips – Try A Coworking Space
First up, your work environment is important, even if all you need is a laptop or device to work from. If you find the solitude of working from home leads to a wandering mind, why not try a coworking space?
You can usually rent these spaces by the day on a flexible basis. As well as having a dedicated workspace waiting for you, you’ll also have company from other remote workers.
Coworking spaces are also a great place to meet like-minded people. This could lead to collaborations and further work opportunities.
1. Block Your Distractions
For the majority of remote workers, the internet will be a big part of your role.
We all know how easy it is to spend hours mindlessly scrolling through the web. If you find yourself prone to getting sucked into internet black holes, try a blocking tool.
Tools like StayFocusd and Freedom enable you to block certain sites for selected periods of time. This allows you to continue surfing for work purposes only. So there’s no excuse for accidentally looking through your ex’s profile pics, or searching ‘best time to go on a luxury cruise to Mexico’.
2. Create A Schedule
If you work a standard 9-5, your office hours are usually dictated from above. Working remotely means that you can choose your own schedule, providing the work gets done.
You might be a night owl or an early bird, so this way of working is great for you. The important thing is that you will need a certain level of routine.
Whilst it’s very tempting to pop out and explore wherever you’re currently working from, you’ll need to instill some discipline.
Plan ahead and create a schedule of when you will be working. Knowing when ‘play time’ is can help keep you focused during your working hours.
3. Take A Break
On the other end of the spectrum – make sure that you take a break from your screen! First, it prevents eye strain and RSI. Second, getting away from your desk can refresh your mind and enable you to be more focused when you return.
If you’re a creative, taking a walk around your current neighbourhood may provide ideas and inspiration. At the very least the exercise will give you an energy boost.
4. Break It Down
If you can be a little unorganized, you need to learn some prioritizing skills. For some, it’s beneficial starting the day with a list of 5 things to complete. For others, techniques like ‘Pomodoro’ can be a great way to avoid distractions and meet deadlines.
Break projects down into chunks to avoid becoming overwhelmed and seeking distraction elsewhere.
5. The Take-Away
Following these remote work tips will help you to avoid distractions at work. A little planning and discipline should boost your productivity, giving you more time to kick back and relax!
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