One thing I love about my full time job is the ability to work remotely. I haven’t used the option often, but it’s good to know I can still work while traveling. As simple as it may seem to just get out of bed and start working, it really takes discipline. If you’re new to working remotely or thinking about having a career where you can telecommute, here are three easy ways I am able stay productive. This can also apply if you’re running a small business from home.

How To Be Productive When Working Remotely

Designate a Working Space

When working remotely, it’s good to have a designated area for you to actually get the work done. Create a home office in your basement, attic, or have a specific area within your home to do your work. There are also options to go to the library, the park, a book store or rent office space using daily or monthly contracts. If you’re on vacation, hotel rooms often provide desk areas with enough space to use your laptop or handheld device.

Eliminate Distractions

Lack of direct office supervision doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Eliminate distractions by not turning on the television and keeping your cell phone on silent. If internet use is required, stay off social media (unless that is within your job description). When working from home, I let others in my apartment know that I am working and side conversations have to be kept at a minimum. It’s very easily to get distracted so make sure you’re firm with this practice.

Always Remember to Take Breaks

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am #teamtakeabreak. Working in the office, I often eat lunch with coworkers or meet up with friends. If I’m working remotely, it’s easy to get caught up in the work that I’m doing and the time goes by quickly. Remember to take a break whether it be for lunch, or even taking a 10-15 minute walk on a nice day. Not only do you get some fresh air, you will be getting your steps in for the day while exercising. 

What are some other productivity tips for small business owners or people that work remotely?

16 comments on “How To Be Productive When Working Remotely”

  1. Great tips.

    Having a designated work space was very important to me. It allowed me to focus without distractions.

    Really have to do better with taking breaks. 🙂

  2. What I love about being an entrepreneur is the ability to flexible. When I travel, I actually choose not to do work if it’s possible so I can enjoy myself.

  3. These are great tips! I often work remotely, especially when traveling, and it’s so easy for me to get distracted. I find myself wasting time and then scrambling to get things done at the end of the work day so I have work to do to master these tips! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great tips, I always end up missing meals when I work from home. I don’t know why I can’t get it together. I’m steps away from the kitchen. I like to make a list of things I need to do so I make sure I’m accomplished by the end of the day.

  5. I wish I could work remotely, but I agree it takes lots of discipline to be self motivated to start work. It is important to create a work space, laying down In your bed probably won’t work.. lol

  6. Awesome tips! Getting myself a desk has definitely helped. But with a toddler in the home, the distractions part is a work in progress as the desk is in the living room! So when hubby is home, I’m back to blogging from bed. 😄 A coffee shop nearby would be great.

    Putting on “real” clothes also helps. Getting washed up and changing out of the PJs to start a work day motivates me.

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