From time to time, your business or personal preference may require you to work outside the office. This could be because of many things, including business travel, productivity, or lifestyle. Here are 4 tips to help you maximize the time you spend working remotely.
Change your Location
Changing your location can really affect your productivity. Whether you prefer the library, coffee shop, or home office; a change in scenery can help you refresh and literally change your point of view. You may also feel energized by being in a new location, with new sights and sounds. A new location can help inspire creative ideas and solutions for your Lubbock business. A change of scenery can be especially helpful when you have seemed to hit a barrier with on a project.
Create a schedule
Working remotely can mean easily getting sucked into being available 24 hours a day. It can also means being distracted from time to time. To get the most out of working remotely, try to set well defined hours that you and those around you can commit to. This will create well defined boundaries, which is especially necessary if you are working in different time zones.
One perk of working remotely is that you may have flexibility with your hours. If your line of work permits, set your hours around when you are most productive. But make sure they are routine, and make sure you are committed to it.
You are no longer accross the hall from your team. Accordingly, you need to maintain clear contact with whomever you have a professional relationship with. This can include your boss, coworkers, or clients. Let each party know what you expect from them, and what limitations you might have working remotely. It is often a good idea to check in at the end of the day with what you have accomplished to avoid any perception that a remote day means a day not working. Doing so can help others see how a change of scenery may benefit the whole team.
One reason working remotely is much more popular now is that we now have the technology to support it. Collaboration tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Basecamp can help a team in several different locations brainstorm and make edits together in real time. You should also use other tools such as Google Hangouts and Skype in order to connect face to face (well almost).
Your Lubbock business now has access to the technology and apps to make you and your projects accessible from anywhere on any device, make sure you are using them to your advantage.
Working remotely can be intimidating, rewarding, and necessary. These tips are designed to help maximize your work day spent out of the office.