Forty-two percent of the US workforce is still working from home full time. Fortunately, travel restrictions are starting to ease up. Depending on where you live, working on the go may be possible again. You may even have plans to travel for work sometime soon.
Whether you’re a novice or experienced remote professional, these tips will help you stay on schedule and be productive while working on the go.
Storing your documents, photos, and other important files in the cloud is a huge time saver. You don’t want to sit in a coffee shop only to realize that you left your files on your computer or hard drive at home. If you haven’t organized your files in the cloud yet, set them up a few days before you’re planning to work on the go.
What to Focus On:
Use Google Drive to store your images and files.
Use tools like Notion and Trello to manage your to-do list and notes on any device.
Save your bookmarks in the cloud.
Do you have a morning routine? Try to keep this same routine even when you’re working on the go, so you can set your day right.
For example, my morning routine:
Write in my journal.
Doing these three things in the morning helps me stay energetic and productive the whole day.
Of course, when you’re traveling, you won’t have your equipment, such as your coffee maker and a yoga mat. But it shouldn’t stop you from performing your routine. Instead of brewing your coffee, you can have your favorite cup delivered to your hotel room. Or if you’re lucky, your hotel might already have a great cup of joe available as part of your breakfast. Instead of having a 30-minute Ashtanga yoga session, you can do a 10-minute standing sequence. You don’t even need a yoga mat to do this!
When you’re on a work trip, your schedule can get a little crazy. That’s why it’s crucial to schedule deep work ahead of time. Not all tasks are the same. According to Cal Newport, author, and computer science professor, deep work means:
"Professional activity performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
Deep work for me involves writing articles and planning a new marketing strategy. At the time , I schedule my deep work from 5 a.m. to until the kids are awake.
There’s no right or wrong time to schedule deep work; it all depends on when you’re most productive. Try experimenting with different places and times to understand the best times for you!
Booking your own desk space or a small conference room is a great place for doing deep work. You can even use Google Maps to check the distance between the co-working space and your hotel. Co-working spaces might have different safety protocols in place nowadays and may have a more limited capacity than usual. It’s best to check availability in advance.
Even before the pandemic, I’ve booked coworking desks in advance. Popular places like New York are almost always fully booked.
Since you’re already out and about, check events where you’re going. Sites like MeetUp.com and EventBrite.com are great sites to check available events. You can filter events or meetups by date, category, and price.
When I attended a live streaming conference in New York, I also checked out related events in the area. I was able to find cool and free ones, including a podcast training and a Toastmasters meeting. It wasn’t in my initial itinerary; I added them on the fly. I learned new strategies and networked with fellow content creators.
In the pre-COVID world, it was much easier to travel and book these events. It’s still possible to do it in the “new normal”, but you have to double-check the event’s safety protocols.
Planning all of your activities is good practice. However, there are factors you won’t be able to control when you’re working on the go. Keep an open mind and change plans when necessary.
This article was written in partnership with wiseHer - a technology platform that provides on-demand expert advice for small businesses and women to accelerate their business or career.
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