Creating a Productive Work Environment for Lifestyle Travelers
Get the tools you need
Your computer is a no-brainer, but also consider:
- Noise cancelling headphones with a good mic. Plan specifically for calls and test your gear with a friend to make sure you can communicate adequately
- Travel keyboard
- WiFi hotspot
- Backup hotspot on your phone
- Backup battery for travel days or when you’re in a pinch
- Backup computer. This may seem excessive, but what would happen if you didn’t have access to your computer for even a day? What about a week? If you don’t have a backup computer, at least make a backup plan for what you’ll do if you get the blue screen of death.
Create the right remote work environment
Your work environment is just as important as your mobile office.
Run through this checklist when choosing your lodging to make sure you create a professional environment for every working minute.
- Confirm your WiFi (but bring a backup). Just because your stay has WiFi doesn’t mean it’s good enough. Read reviews and message the host to confirm it can support video calls from everyone that might be using it at the same time.
- Plan your working space. Confirm there is a table or desk with an appropriate background so you can focus and look professional on calls.
- Consider noise. When my husband and I are on calls at the same time in the same room, it’s an echo chamber. Find a backup spot in the stay where you can retreat to for unexpected calls and coordinate your call schedule with anyone you’re working near.
- Identify your backup locations. Find co-working spaces and coffee shops within walking distance in case of emergency. Confirm they will be open on the schedule you’re working. Give your backup plan a test run as soon as you arrive in your new location.
- Avoid traveling during working hours. Even if you’re getting some work done in the air, it’s not the same quality as what you’d be doing in a settled space.
- Stick to a schedule. Be available during your team’s working hours for calls, chats and emails. Respond immediately on their timeframe but feel free to take liberties and work on your time for any focused work. Just make sure you’re not losing productivity with an unusual schedule.
- Plan your week ahead of time. Extra distractions come with remote work. Plan your week and your milestones ahead of time and stick to them to remain productive.
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