In 2016, roughly 43% of people said at some point they worked remotely. Now, in 2018, we can expect to see this figure rise, and there’s reason why. In a survey, two-thirds of respondents mentioned that working remotely made them feel more productive. So, employers looking for employees may want to include this perk.
But what about working remotely while traveling? How do you ensure you get paid, let alone find a reasonable co-working space that enables you to do the the best work you can?
To make the most of remote working overseas, what can employees do to increase productivity and make work enjoyable while they go on their next adventure. Read on to find out!
1. Leverage the Power of Apps and Forums
Estimates project that by 2020, the App Store will reach a whopping 5 million apps. What we are trying to say is that we live in apps galore, and that is not going to stop. Remote employees can take advantage of this!
Use Be Focused, an app designed to increase user’s productivity. In general, it works much like the Pomodoro technique. Click the timer in the upper right hand of your screen and work hard for that 25-minute increment. Once the timer is up, reward yourself with a break.
Then, set the Be Focused timer again, and work again for another 25 minutes. After 4 increments, give yourself a longer 15-minute break.
As its name suggests, Wunderlist is another productivity app where users list their daily and weekly to-dos. What makes it appealing is that it syncs to multiple devices and allows you to share lists with several people.
Suddenly big projects seem more manageable thanks to its reminding and organizational capabilities.
Lean on Travel-Friendly Remote Working Forums and Communities
When it comes to working remotely while traveling, finding a convenient workplace quickly makes the difference.
Travelers who work on the go can take advantage of travel-friendly remote working communities like #nomads Slack community, which, as Mashable states, gives members tips on the best international and national workplaces to check out.
The article also goes on to mention that the Nomad Forum is a great resource to use, asking fellow wanderlusters advice on working at your travel destination.
2. Have a Work Mindset: Traveling Is No Excuse for PJs
While over half of respondents in a survey revealed comfortable clothing as a reason to work remotely, don’t lose the work mindset. Meaning, sweats and an episode of your favorite TV show may not be the best way to start off your workday. Traveling doesn’t give you an excuse.
In fact, treat remote working like going into the office. Set your timer, get dressed, eat breakfast, and hit the emails. The sooner you get in that work mindset, the more likely you are to having a productive day.
If you have that urge to check your personal email or look up that viral cat video on YouTube, jot it down on your notepad. Then, after work or during a break, look up your itinerary for the day and go on this web page to check up on prices for your private charter flight to Los Angeles so you can fly in luxury.
3. Keep Phones on Do Not Disturb
When it comes to remote work whether overseas or at your local coffee shop, your phone’s Do Not Disturb function is your best friend. This prevents getting distracted with personal calls. At the same time, use this function at your discretion.
While you want to make the most of your workday, you don’t want to be unreachable to your boss or co-workers—especially given that time differences may already be a bit of a hurdle.
4. Have Designated Skype Sessions with Friends and Family
Lastly, working remotely does not mean you can skype friends and family whenever you want to. In fact, quite the opposite.
To prevent miscommunication and possibly hurt feelings, have a chat with family and friends, and set aside specific times that work with both time differences that allows you to catch up.
Tell them you won’t be able to take their calls (unless in an emergency situation) during business hours. Explain your job—To them, working while traveling seems more play than work.
Most of the time, family and friends are not trying to inconvenience you; they may not understand that remote work still is work. A designated skype talk may help clear things up.
Working remotely while traveling has several benefits: for one, you get to wear whatever you want; and two, your commute is the 15 steps from your bed to your kitchen. Last but not least, you have a whole new country to explore.
However, without a productivity plan, you could end up swamped in emails, projects, reports, and other to-dos. Worse comes to worst, this may get in the way of taking that hike to that tropical waterfall or touring Rome.
Using these productivity tips can help prevent this from happening! What other tips do you have? Let us know by commenting in the comments section below.