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The person that focuses for hours in a loud coffee shop, the individual who works from their home in the middle of the night, or the friend who is able to set their own work hours. We all know these people (or are them), but what is it really like to have the life of a remote worker, and how can you effectively be a remote worker yourself? Here are our four tips on how to be a successful if you don’t work in a traditional office:
1. Balance time zones- Usually remote workers are individuals who communicate with people that are in different areas of the country or world. Because of this, as a remote worker you should communicate effectively with your clients and coworkers so if you’re holding a virtual meeting with someone that is in another time zone, no one will get confused on when the meeting is
2. Have your tools ready- Your tools include the things you need each day to be productive. This usually includes your chargers, mobile devices, syncing software (the cloud), and your laptop
3. Discipline to focus on-the-go- Since you don’t work in an office environment, you may have trouble dealing with distractions. Learn to discipline yourself by focusing for an hour then giving yourself a quick coffee break or walk as a reward. Eventually, focusing won’t be an issue at all no matter where you are
4. Get good earphones (or a good playlist)- You’ll need music that gets you back in work mode when you are struggling with other distractions (especially in coffee shops!)
Want additional tips on how to be a successful remote worker? Check out The Productivity School’s blog for daily tips!