Routines can be comforting, if you are used to working from home the idea of going elsewhere can seem overwhelming. However, sometimes we need a break from our regular routines to stay motivated and productive at work.
Here are some useful tips on the different places you can work remotely, and how to ensure you stay on task when you’re out of the house.
Places to Work Remote
1. Workspace rental
If you want access to a professional private office, but don’t want to commit to a traditional lease agreement, then a workspace rental is your best option. With a workspace rental you have the flexibility of choosing how long you want the office for, and only pay for however long you use it.
For example, if you need a private office from Jan-Feb, then want a 2-month break, and need an office again in May and June, with workspace rentals you can easily accommodate this schedule and only pay for the months that you are actually using the office. Whereas in a traditional lease, you pay for the space whether you use it or not.
This option is great for people who work from home, but sometimes need a professional office to meet with clients or colleagues.
Additionally, with the rental option, you don’t need to pay for the operating costs associated with traditional office spaces.
Workspace rentals make working remotely a lot easier because they allow you to adjust your space to your schedule.
2. Hot desk rental
If you feel isolated working from home and need a change of routine, a hot desk rental can be the perfect solution for you.
Hot desking is when you rent desk space in a public office setting or coworking space. With this option, you share an office with professionals from different backgrounds, therefore giving you the opportunity to network and make new connections.
You can rent desk space whenever you need it, without needing to make any long-term commitments – making this a great option for budget-conscious businesses or entrepreneurs.
Telsec’s hot desks are located in Toronto’s Financial District, giving you a refreshing change in scenery, while offering a great deal of amenities.
3. Buddy up with coworkers
Working remotely does not mean you can’t work in person with your coworkers.
Businesses that don’t have a physical office space still tend to hire employees that live in the same general area. So take advantage of other employees who live next to you and meet up with them to work together!
Collaborating online has its perks, but when you work with team members in person the line of communication becomes a lot smoother. Once communication becomes easier you will find yourself being more motivated and productive.
This also becomes a great opportunity to build stronger relationships with your coworkers, which is important for a healthy work environment.
One of the biggest advantages of working remotely is having the freedom to travel – whether it means to a coffee shop, cottage, a different city, or country. Exploring new places can get you out of the rut of working from home and will open your mind to start thinking more creatively.
When everyone worked a 9-5 job at a traditional office, people started feeling trapped with no opportunity for a change in scenery. So why trap yourself inside your home when you have the option to discover new places?
Tips on how to stay productive outside your home
1. Join remote year
One of the biggest challenges of traveling while working remotely is accounting for all the critical details. So if you want to travel and explore different parts of the world while working remotely, you’ll want to check out Remote Year to simplify your process and ensure you stay productive.
Remote Year will help you find flights, living arrangements, coworking spaces with strong wifi, connect you with other people in the program, and coordinate activities, all while you travel around the world. This means you save time on planning and have more time to focus on your work.
2. Create a schedule
When you work remote, you aren’t sitting in a room with people who follow the same schedule as you, so it can be easy to get distracted. Whereas in a traditional office space you have coworkers and managers to keep you on schedule.
In order to ensure you stay on track no matter where you’re situated, create a detailed schedule of all the tasks you need to complete.
Start off with prioritizing tasks from most important to least important. Then create a schedule for what work needs to be done within the week, and after that, you can break it up into smaller daily tasks.
When you don’t plan out your day, it’s easy to start sleeping in and getting distracted with non-work-related activities. I know that I’ve had a lot of late nights trying to finish work due to a lack of proper planning.
Creating a schedule ensures that you don’t forget about any work you need to complete, and allows you to plan how long each task will take.
Losing communication with colleagues will have a negative impact on your ability to work productively. If you aren’t caught up on what other team members are doing you won’t be in sync with the company workflow and can start missing out on important details.
Make sure you are scheduling time to communicate with management, and other team members to ensure everyone is on the same page.
4. Pack everything you need
The last thing you want to do is leave packing to the last minute and forget essential items at home. Take the time to make a packing list before you start gathering items together to ensure you remember to bring everything you need.
The items you bring will depend on where you are traveling to, how light you want to pack, and what you need to be successful at work.
Pro tip: If you are going somewhere noisy, you might want to bring some noise-canceling headphones to minimize distractions.
5. Do your research
It might be tempting to live spontaneously and travel on a whim. However, when you are working remotely, this is not the greatest decision. When you are away from the office or away from home, you are still responsible for all the same daily tasks – so if you don’t take extra consideration into where you are going you may find yourself not being able to complete all your regular responsibilities. Doing your research on where you are going and what you will need when you get there will allow you to get your work done efficiently with as few roadblocks along the way as possible.
The last thing you want is to book disorganized plans, and only upon arrival realize that you don’t have the proper attire, no solid wifi access, are far from transportation, or a countless amount of other things that will get in the way of your workflow.
If downtown Toronto is a part of your remote work travel plans, come visit Telsec Offices. Located in Toronto’s Financial District, our variety of private offices, meeting rooms, and coworking spaces come equipped with everything you need to stay productive at work. While networking with other professionals in the area.