Are you one of the millions of people who have decided to become a digital nomad, seeing the world whilst you earn money from wherever you may be? Or you might just fancy working from home, not being tied to an office, ditching your commute and leaving the office politics behind?
Even if you have got some nomadic working experience already, you’ve probably picked up some bad habits and got yourself into some bad working practices that ruin your productivity. Here are some of the best strategies you can use to make sure you are getting the best out of remote working, for you and your clients.
Start your work early
You might think that working remotely means you can do away with the early morning starts but you’d be wrong. In terms of productivity, getting up and starting your work early is the biggest boost to the day you’ll have. Some of the most successful people in the world get up early, and it’s not because they are all naturally morning people. Getting up early allows you to have more hours in the day to get stuff done, it’s really that simple. Get up, go through your to-do list and get through your work without a last-minute rush.
Don’t forget to prep
Use an hour at the end of the day when you’ve finished work to get yourself ready for tomorrow. I don’t mean get your outfit sorted and have your bus pass ready but prioritise your work. Sort your work schedule so that you know what you have to get done. Start by making sure you’ve gone through your emails and calls that you need to catch up on, then once that’s sorted, get your head down and work through your list.
Also use this time to clear your desk space and get rid of any junk. Make sure you have a clean and tidy space to work from – after all, a tidy space = a tidy mind. Speaking of your workspace…
Get out and work somewhere new
Every so often, change your work environment. Having a change of scenery can help your productivity and make the days a little less monotonous. According to a study by the Journal of Consumer Research, ambient noise around 70db can improve your focus more than working in silence. Go and work from a cafe or a coffee shop and get more work done. Also, if there are other people around you’re less likely to waste time visiting dud websites because of something called the Hawthorne Effect, which says that people improve their behaviour (like working more or concentrating harder) when they are being observed.
Use productivity tools
There’s no shame in needing a little nudge to stay productive every now and then, and there are some great tools that you can use to keep you on track.
Tasker is a great app for automation. You can use it to do a whole host of things but it’s great at doing things like turning off notifications when you are working or re-routing calls to a different number when you are busy.
StayFocused – We’ve mentioned this before but StayFocused really is a massive timesaver. It works by blocking you from accessing the most distracting websites for a set period of time.