Top 3 Tips for Working Away From Home

Top 3 Tips for Working Away From Home

It’s becoming increasingly popular to work from home, and if you’ve read our article on The Future of Remote Work, you know that remote work is going to grow even more.

Remote work can present exciting opportunities but also new challenges. Lack of motivation, mental exhaustion, and less-than-ideal working conditions can make the remote experience a struggle. Just a few tips for working away from home can level up your remote work experience. 

1. Stay Connected Anywhere 

It can be easy to work alone in your room, but the best way to work is by surrounding yourself with people. We recommend getting out and working in a bright, open space, such as a cafe. 

Working from a cafe can be great. There’s delicious coffee and pastries at your fingertips, and you can people-watch to your heart’s content! When you’re on the hunt for a place to hunker down at a cafe, look for somewhere with plenty of outlets, good lighting, and comfortable seating.

If cafes aren’t your thing, try a coworking space! Tbilisi offers some of the coolest coworking spaces to work with an international community of hard-working people. Working from home can be lonely and distracting, but a coworking space can offer community and collaboration. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to join a coworking space, here are a few tips for finding the best coworking space.

  1. Take a tour before committing to a coworking space. A tour is an awesome way to get a sense of the culture and see if it’s a good fit for you. 
  2. Don’t forget to consider the cost. Some coworking spaces can be expensive, so make sure you know what you’re getting for your money. Coworking spaces often offer day rates or a weekly/monthly membership. Opt for the day rate for a couple of weeks at different days and times to ensure you’d be getting your money’s worth. 
  3. Check out Google Reviews and do some research before joining a coworking space. This will help you find a space that meets your needs and has a community that you’ll enjoy being a part of.

Remember, don’t just stay connected in real life. It’s important to stay connected online. Set up a good line of communication with your team/boss and make sure you have everyone’s contact info. Whether you are using video conferencing, instant messaging, or email, staying in touch with your team can help you stay on track and motivated.

2. Set The Perfect Structure

Having to get your work done away from home sounds awesome, and it often is! However, sometimes it can be easy to get into a slump with work, and before you know it, you have a pile of tasks looming over you. 

It’s important to work in bursts throughout your day rather than sitting at your computer for hours due to procrastination. This way you can fit your other obligations into your schedule and avoid the stress of hastily working through tasks you’ve put off. 

What’s the best way to work smarter not harder? We recommend the time-management system, The Pomodoro Method. With this method, you utilize the time you have and work with the daily schedule you have. 

How does it work? First, decide on a task that you need to complete. It can be something simple like answering emails or a more intensive task like writing a report. Once you’re ready to complete a task, set an alarm for 25-minutes and get cracking until the timer goes off. 

That’s it! Sounds simple, right? It’s a very strategic way to maintain your focus and avoid mental fatigue. The 25-minute timer instills a gentle sense of urgency, so instead of feeling like you have all the time in the world, the Pomodoro Method encourages you to make the most of your next 25-minutes. 

Once you’ve finished four,  25-minute work sessions, take an extended break between 20-30 minutes. Do something that will relax you and rejuvenate you for the next 25-minutes of work. This could be taking a short walk, listening to music, or stretching. This is a great time to get up and move around, grab a snack, or do something else that will help you relax and recharge.

3. Get The Right Tech

The best cafe and the perfect workflow plan can be thwarted by technology. Whether it’s a shoddy internet connection or a frozen Zoom screen, we’ve all been there. Before your remote work begins, either for travel or a work stay-cation, it’s important to have all the necessary equipment to ensure a smooth workflow. 

If you’re in a loud place or working at a cafe, we recommend a good headset or Airpods so you can block out the noise and adequately hear your online meetings. Along with a good set of headphones, invest in a quality microphone. This will help ensure that your video calls are clear and professional. With quality headphones and a crystal-clear microphone, you can turn your space into the most chill, distraction-less workspace.

Now for the biggest problem many remote workers battle with. Internet. Connection. 

Sometimes a good internet connection isn’t always guaranteed. If you want to be a pro-remote worker, one tip for working away from home is to have a wifi booster in your arsenal. It may seem over-the-top, but having such a simple device costing $40 can mean the difference between getting your work done or falling behind.  

Whatever tips for working from home you follow, what’s important is to be prepared and to have a plan. Research cafes, bookstores, libraries, and coworking spaces to check out. Make your workday a day of adventure and new experiences! Don’t forget to keep an arsenal of tech, whether noise-canceling headphones or a wifi booster, they can make your remote work so much smoother.

If you’re looking for more work tips, check out our post on How To Prevent Burnout

Otherwise, feel free to mention us on Facebook @growmorerecruitment and let us know about a remote strategy that works for you!