This time of year usually involves quite a bit of travel and some inclement weather. If you’re traveling for a ski trip (or want to spend most of your time next to a fire), that can be a really awesome combination. However, it also means you’ve got to be prepared for getting some work done away from the office.
Working remotely can actually be an incredible opportunity to be productive while on the road, accomplish tasks that might be difficult to complete at the office, or to enjoy a change of scenery while still earning a paycheck. We’re sharing some tips to help you work remotely without missing a beat.
4 Tips for Working Remotely During the Holidays
Make a Plan
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that you are productive while working remotely is to make a plan. Before you ever leave for your trip, determine exactly what your work will look like:
- What exactly will you work on while you are gone?
- What needs to be done before you leave so you’re able to have a productive trip?
- When and where will you work?
- Will you have access to reliable internet while you are away? (If not, outline exactly what you need in order to work while you are away.)
Prioritize Your Work
One of the great things about working remotely is it forces you to prioritize your work in order to stay efficient and productive. Before you leave, think about where you need to focus in order to keep moving the ball forward so no one on your team suffers and you don’t lose any productivity in your time away.
Even if you’re working fewer hours than normal, if you are bringing an intensity and an urgency to that work, you might find yourself able to be every bit as productive as you would be in a normal day at the office.
Once you have planned and prioritized your work, you can begin to prepare and gather everything you need to be successful. Download the necessary resources you need so you can work with or without reliable internet. Put together all items and materials you need for work: notes, whitepages, chargers, devices, etc.
Before you leave for your trip, you need to over-communicate with your team and customers what they need to know about while you are working remotely. Should clients contact another team member while you are away? When will you be checking in with your team and customers? What tasks can your team expect you to complete while you are working remotely? What is the best way for people to contact you so that nothing falls through the cracks?
Find What You Need to Maintain Focus
In some ways, remote work removes everyday distractions that come with working in the office: conversations with co-workers, long lunches, meetings, etc. But, remote work also comes with its own set of distractions. Part of planning and preparing for working on the road is identifying some distractions that might come up and figuring out what will help you stay focused. For example:
- Invest in noise-canceling headphones to minimize distractions
- Create a workspace in a quiet corner or near a window
- Create pockets of work time that fit when you are most energized and efficient
- Consider adapting your schedule to work early or late
Working Remotely Doesn’t Mean Remotely Working
Sometimes people think remote work is synonymous for not really working. But the reality is that with careful planning and preparation, you can actually accomplish more in smaller pockets of time than you would if you never left the office. When you add in the benefits of getting to spend time in a new location or with good friends and family, it’s even more of an incentive to find ways to work from the road.
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