A remote position is a dream job among many of those who desire a flexible lifestyle. You can work whenever you want and wherever you want.
Remote jobs are becoming more prevalent in United States. In 2017, 43% of Americans reported working at least part-time remotely.
As the owner of Get Global Marketing, my work is completed remotely. I love the flexibility but there are hurdles. Remote work can be lonely with frequent distractions. If you do not know how to deal with these challenges than your productivity level can decrease greatly. There are many techniques to fight these challenges. Turn remote work into a dream job with these tips:
Have a Designated Work Space
Distractions escalate without a designated work space. Get a desk and create an office space in your home. The space should not be used for anything except work.
You can also rent shared office space. I rent a desk at Bend Tech. The shared office space provides a stimulating environment of business owners and freelancers who need a space to focus.
Take Breaks When You Cannot Focus
Sometimes, it can feel impossible to focus on our work. Our minds might begin to wander or the weather is so beautiful that we need to get outside. Take a break when you cannot focus. Your work will take double the time if you continue to sit in front of your computer.
When I started my business, I would try to push through every task. Now, I take a walk when I feel myself getting restless. Since I started taking breaks, my work days became shorter.
Workout in the Morning
Your body should be a top priority. Workout in the morning to get energized and improve your mood at the beginning of the day.
I practice yoga almost every morning. Sometimes, it can be difficult to drag myself out of bed but I find myself happier every time I do it.
Benefits of Working Out in the Morning
- Working out speeds up your metabolism
- Working out improves your mood
- Working out helps you sleep better
- Working out increases motivation
Create a Daily To-Do List
Sometimes, we start our week with an overwhelming amount of work. We might wonder how we are going to handle all of this work.
I outline my tasks at the beginning of the week in a planner. Yes, I said a planner. You heard right. This technique might sound old school but it allows me to visualize my week and cross off tasks as I complete them.
For example, if I have to post a blog article by Thursday, I schedule it into my planner for Tuesday or Wednesday. Website work is scheduled within the tasks that have strict deadlines.
My tasks seem more manageable from the beginning of the week.
Plan When You are Going to Start Working and Stick with It
It’s easy to get distracted and postpone our work days. After all, who is going to yell at us for being late? Our dog?
Unfortunately, this mindset will not set you up for success. Create a plan of when you are going to start your work the night before. Stick with that time when you start your day.
Remote work can create a flexible lifestyle. Incorporate these tips into your routine to establish productive work days.