Working remotely, I’ve done it three times now, four if you include this trip, twice in the USA (2014 & 2016), and once before in Europe (2015). Now don’t get me wrong, working remotely can be great, but it can get lonely, so make sure you keep in touch with your team (if you have one), or find somewhere to work where you will have people around you.
While working remotely, I’ve learned that there are a number of things you can do to increase your productivity:
- Find a place that works for you. Find somewhere that you like the vibe of, that will ensure you can remain productive. If there’s free wifi, that’s a massive bonus!
- Make a list. Write down a list of everything you need to achieve that day and tick it off. If your company uses software with an inbuilt checklist this is even better as it’ll be stored electronically and you won’t have to worry about losing paper!
- Pack your chargers. Ensure you have everything you need to be able to work effectively and efficiently – this includes chargers, portable power-banks, headphones, etc.
My favourite places to work remotely from:
- Coffee shops. Find a good coffee shop with free wifi to hole up in. Ensure you bring headphones with you so that you can tune out the hustle and bustle going on around you.
- Local Park. Work from a park if it is a nice day and you don’t need to be physically online, or have the ability to hot-spot from your phone.
- Suppliers offices. Contact your software suppliers and local coworking spaces to see if you can work remotely from their offices for a day or two. This will help build greater rapport with your suppliers and build relationships with potential clients in the local community.
If you have any tips or recommendations on the types of places to work remotely from, I would love to hear about them!