Each year more and more people take their office on the road, turning to remote work for the flexibility and overall balance.
In fact, some studies suggest that more than half of the population will be working remotely by 2020.
While the idea of working anywhere in the world is certainly enticing, it can also come with its own set of obstacles, especially when remote work is paired with travel.
As a Mom of two, I work 100% remote and try to travel as much as possible because, for me, that’s one of the main reasons for choosing this career path. Along the way, I’ve learned what keeps me motivated and, in turn, productive.
Take Advantage Of The Traveler’s High
There’s something about being away from home that gets you out of bed far before your usual alarm. Take advantage of this early rise and plug away at the projects that you’re most excited about. After all, you don’t want to do the tough stuff when you’re dancing with enthusiasm (it may keep you snoozing a bit longer the next day). If you’re traveling solo, throw open the shades and let the light pour in. If you’re sharing a room, make it a point at check-in to find the hotel’s nooks and crannies that seem most inviting.
Invest In A Tablet
I never thought I’d say this, but a tablet can be a great option if you’re on a quick trip with a light workload; or if you have a packed itinerary at your destination, but want to use stolen moments to catch-up. Having something small and lightweight like a tablet, makes work more accessible. Also, syncing it with a keyboard can make all the difference (and also provides a protection barrier for the device). I love the idea of being able to go on a hike with minimal gear, but packing a tablet in a small bag (like the OGIO Alpha Convoy) so I can find the nearest cafe to work from when I’m done.
Don’t get me wrong, some hotels have great coffee. But, let’s be honest, many do not. And let’s not even get into a cup of Joe on an airplane. Like many artists, coffee is as essential to my creativity as anything (OK, it’s actually not, but sometimes it really does feels like it). Finding pour over coffee in travel packs (like that from Copper Cow) has been a lifesaver for me. If you’re looking to take your coffee to-go or simply want to avoid the repetitive microwave reheat, this flask will keep your caffeine hot for hours.
Pick Up A Book
Working on your craft sometimes doesn’t directly involve your specific profession. I think one of the best examples of this notion is something Julia Cameron brings up in her book The Artist’s Way. She instructs her students to begin each day with “morning pages.” Morning pages is basically stream-of-consciousness journaling done just as you wake up and meant to remove the rumination that seems to linger throughout the day, thus interfering with productivity. The exercise in meant for all artists, but personally, I think should be for anyone. This writing is not meant to be coherent, poetic or beautiful in any way. The idea is to write anything that comes to mind so your mind can release that thought and make space for the good stuff.
Live In Sneakers
Sometimes the best thing for remote workers in a slump is to get up from their work and walk. As we’ve been told, getting outside is not only good for the body, but does wonders for the brain. More specifically, creativity. So, give your prefrontal cortex and break and indulge in nature. I know, being stylish is a priority for some and living in sneakers isn’t always an option. But, so many brands are understanding the need for people to be functionally fashionable and their sneakers prove it. Lately, I’ve been living in the Versafoam Inferno from Saucony. To make sure the periods of immobility aren’t messing with my circulation, I always try to pack FITS compression socks. Given your location, if getting outside doesn’t seem like something that will bring positive results, consider the hotel pool (fellow Moms, say hello to a flattering swimsuit) or fitness center to get the endorphins flowing.
Exercise Your Senses
Remote workers are multi-tasking pros but that doesn’t mean we should always exercise that strength. When it comes to meal time, just eat. Stop scrolling, returning calls and responding to emails. Give your brain this time to detox and solely focus on nourishment. Are you really tasting what you eat or just eating because it’s lunchtime? Use these 30 minutes to indulge all of your senses.
Hacks For Working Remotely While Traveling – Forbes