One thing I love about my full-time job is the ability to work remotely. I haven’t used the option often, but it’s good to know I can still work while traveling. As simple as it may seem to just get out of bed and start working, it really takes discipline. If you’re new to working remotely or thinking about having a career where you can telecommute, here are three easy ways I am able to stay productive. This can also apply if you’re running a small business from home.
Designate a Working Space
When working remotely, it’s good to have a designated area for you to actually get the work done. Create a home office in your basement, attic, or have a specific area within your home to do your work. There are also options to go to the library, the park, a bookstore or rent office space using daily or monthly contracts. If you’re on vacation, hotel rooms often provide desk areas with enough space to use your laptop or handheld device.
Lack of direct office supervision doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Eliminate distractions by not turning on the television and keeping your cell phone on silent. If internet use is required, stay off social media (unless that is in your job description). When working from home, I let others in my apartment know that I am working and side conversations have to be kept to a minimum. It’s very easy to get distracted so make sure you’re firm with this practice.
Always Remember to Take Breaks
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am #teamtakeabreak. Working in the office, I often eat lunch with co-workers or meet up with friends. If I’m working remotely, it’s easy to get caught up in the work that I’m doing and the time goes by quickly. Remember to take a break whether it be for lunch, or even taking a 10-15 minute walk on a nice day. Not only do you get some fresh air, you will be getting your steps in for the day while exercising.
What are some other productivity tips for small business owners or people that work remotely?