If you’re currently traveling the world, van dwelling, living the digital nomad lifestyle, or working from home, finding the right balance between productivity and not feeling burnt out can be difficult. Practicing good working habits and putting together a space that encourages productivity is where you want to start to make sure you start work with a recharged mind every morning. To help, we collected a few easy-to-follow tips to make sure you’re putting your best work out there while still having a work-life balance.
1. Set Clear Goals
A surefire way to ensure productivity is to be as clear and direct as possible with your goals and objectives each day or week. Especially if you work with remote teams, things can often get lost in translation when dealing with different time zones or languages.
This isn’t always the easiest of tips to implement, especially when you work with a team. If you’re having some trouble getting everyone on the same page, set goals for yourself. These can be strictly work-related or geared towards the work-life balance you’d like to achieve.
Here are a few examples:
- Work on X project for 3 hours without interruptions.
- Stop working at 5 p.m. every day this week.
- Take a short walking break after every 3 hours of work.
2. Create a Productive Workspace
If a large portion of your company’s team is remote, they’re probably saving on overhead. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to suggest a budget for ergonomic equipment or even renting out a co-share working space––the benefits will be mutual for you and your employer.
To find a productive workspace near you, try checking out this interactive map!
3. Establish a Routine that Works for You
We know one of the main perks of a remote job is flexibility, but having somewhat of a standard schedule or routine will help you create a good workflow. Whether it’s going for a morning workout or heading out to a coffee shop before you start tackling your to-dos, having a routine that works for you can get you in a productive mindset.
4. Work with Others
One of the main issues reported by remote workers is isolation which is understandable as working from home all the time can sometimes make us feel disconnected from the team. If possible, plan meetups with co-workers or friends who may also work remotely. Again if you’re traveling and haven’t met any locals, heading out to a coffee shop or co-working space is a great way to not feel so disconnected.
5. Set Boundaries
Last but certainly not least, is to know when to stop working. When working remotely, the lines between work and homelife are often blurred. Be sure to set your boundaries and try your best to stick to them. This a great way to avoid burnout and stay productive in the long run.
So whether you work from home or travel, following these tips can help you stay on-task while at work, and fully disconnect outside of work hours to pursue your other passions or side hustles as we’re sure you have many!