Do you wish you could leave your corporate life behind and set out for the open road? Have you dreamed of sitting on a sunny veranda reviewing documents for your clients? While this used to be next to impossible, with developments in technology and more open-minded bosses, this is becoming a more frequent reality for many former corporate worker bees.
Ditch the Desk
With today’s advances in technology, employees no longer have to be chained to their desks to accomplish business goals. Phone calls can be taken while driving to your kids’ soccer games; you can see your clients face-to-face through the use of video conferencing on your laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. Keep in touch with your coworkers through the use of messaging programs, shared documents or project management apps.
Set the Scene
The temptation to sleep in and set up an office on your couch while watching TV may be strong but resist the urge. Instead, keep to your usual morning wake-up time and continue to get dressed for the day rather than lounging in pajamas. Make sure you stay productive while working remotely by sticking to your to-do list and schedule in breaks to clear your mind and eat healthy snacks and meals.
All About Balance
When you work from home, it’s easy to let work time bleed into all hours of the day. When your laptop is only a few steps away from your bedroom, many find it hard to turn off and focus on their personal life. Communicate your work hours to your colleagues so that there are no expectations that you will always be available simply because your office is wherever you happen to be.
Working from anywhere can be a dream but make sure it doesn’t turn into a nightmare by sticking to a routine that allows you to both get your work done and kick your feet up when the day is over.