How to Be Efficient when Working Remotely

Working remotely requires making some adjustments. And that’s not easy, especially if you worked all your life from a brick and mortar office.

Whether you work for yourself or are part of a virtual team, working remotely has its challenges.

First you need to have a designated workspace. You can create your own office at home or set up one in a coworking space.

Just when you got used to your lovely new office, you have to change it. Maybe you have to travel for work, or simply want to travel and work at the same time.

Suddenly your carefully planned days and routine are upside down.

How do you deal with disruption?

After all we are creatures of habit. We are used to our own space, we like our things arranged in a certain way.

Five Ways to Be Efficient when Working Remotely

Let’s look at ways you can still be efficient, get the work done, and travel at the same time. These tips apply whether you work from home or a brick and mortar office and have to travel.

Systems Are Key

Having systems in place is the difference between being efficient and productive or overwhelmed and stressed out.

Take the first step and create systems that work for you, independently of the location you usually work from.

Whether it’s the Pomodoro technique, getting things done or anything else you like, use it.

Enjoy Your Routine 

Just because your work from a different location, doesn’t mean you have to ditch your routine and become frustrated in doing so.

Working remotely should be fun, at least in my books. You can still wake up at your preferred time, do your workout, have breakfast, read a book, etc.

Keeping your routine tells your brain when to get into the “working mode” and ignore the surroundings and distractions.

And always remember, this should be fun and you’re the only one who can do that for yourself.

Take Breaks

Just because you’re working remotely, it does not mean you have to finish all your work at once.

Breaks are very important in general, but especially when you work from a new location.

Taking breaks helps you enjoy and experiment the surroundings, breathe fresh air, disconnect and simply enjoy life. You will get back to work more energized and ready to conquer the world.

The key to do all the above is to structure your day so you can have a maximum of productivity. Only you know when you’re most productive. Use that to your advantage.

Have a “On the Road” Working Kit

When you leave your office, you leave behind all the commodities that come with it such as the printer, notebooks, boards, etc.

To make sure you’ll be as efficient when working remotely, create a “on the road working kit” and add everything you need to keep working comfortably from everywhere.

If you’re concerned you can’t take a board with you, take pictures of it with your smartphone and voila.

Instead of taking things from your office, I suggest to double them, so you have the kit ready when you need to leave and not to worry whether you forgot something. Besides, in case you lose something, it’s good to have a backup.

If that’s too complicated, use checklists. Identify all the items you use during your workday and put them on a checklist. This way you won’t stress if you have everything with you or not.

Enjoy

Working remotely is a gift. You have the chance to work from anywhere you like, as long as there is a good internet connection. 🙂

Work is important, but as important is setting aside time to explore your surroundings, find new places and meet new people.

Disconnecting from work enhances your creativity and gives you more energy.

Another cool thing happens when you take breaks and make sure to enjoy where you are: You become more efficient and productive, more creative and excited.

What tips do you have?