Working remotely has plenty of perks and benefits, not least of all the fact that you’ll be able to schedule and structure your days as you see fit, tailor your workspace to suit your particular tastes and inclinations, and be able to work from the road as a “Digital Nomad.”
All the same, working remotely does present various issues and challenges, perhaps the most immediately apparent of which is that it can be really difficult to stay properly organised when you are solely responsible for structuring your own working situation.
Here are a few tips for staying organized when working remotely.
Use tools and services that help to give your business a bit more structure
If you had to come up with every solution to every potential problem of yours from scratch, when working remotely, you would likely have some sort of mental breakdown in pretty short order.
Fortunately, though, there are plenty of tools and services out there to give your business a bit more structure, and to help you streamline your processes, in the most trouble-free way possible.
You might, for example, use a physical address service to give your business a greater atmosphere of authenticity and professionalism, while also being able to receive email scans of physical mail, without having to leave your house.
Or, you might use a web blocker tool in order to ensure that you are less likely to give in to the temptation to check in on your social media profiles a dozen times every hour.
Investigate which tools and services there are out there that would work for you, and give some of them a try.
Stick to a regular routine, even if you don’t strictly have to
Staying organized, in terms of meeting your deadlines and getting things done in a reasonable and balanced fashion, is tricky if you don’t have a regular routine that you follow, from day-to-day.
People who have just started working remotely often find themselves, unwisely, throwing out all sense of routine, altogether. But if you wake up at random times each day, and work at odd hours, then structure naturally breaks down in a more general sense, too.
Stick to a regular routine. Set yourself a time when you will wake up each day, a time when you will go to bed each night, and hours during which you will do your work.
Use a proven task and project management system – don’t just wing it
When working remotely, you’ve got to be very focused and efficient in how you track and manage your various tasks and projects.
Without the supporting infrastructure of an office environment to keep you on task, you can easily lose track of things. Writing out your to-dos on stray scraps of paper, or trying to do everything from memory, is a surefire way of losing track, and going off course.
Use proven task and project management system, instead of trying to “wing it.” That might be a paper-based system such as Ryder Carroll’s “Bullet Journal Method,” or a business-specific system such as David Allen’s famous “Getting Things Done” method.
Whatever the case, use a tried and tested system.