Imagine it. You’re sitting on the beach, the ocean is lapping gently nearby and you’re getting a great tan. You’re also at work. Hard to believe? The idea of working remotely is not that far removed from reality for many people who are moving towards the goal of being able to work anywhere in the world.
The whole concept of remote working is something that has taken off in popularity more and more, as the accessibility of the Internet has made more and more things possible. Many people are no longer content to be confined to the life of the hum-drum nine-to-five and are instead seeking out new and different ways of working. As part of this move towards a nomadic work-life, the business world is changing, and you no longer have to be confined to working in the same city, or even the same country. A perfect industry to move into is the ever expanding world of Digital Media. www.tafecourses.com.au provides Tafe Courses in Digital Media that will teach you the skills required to create content from anywhere in the world.
In order to make working from anywhere in the world a possibility, you need to make sure that you have the best possible set up to optimise your chances of success and to ensure that you’re going to be productive and at your best. We’ve outlined five tips to follow so that you can get closer to your remote working dreams faster.
You must have good Internet. This sounds like a bit of basic tip, but when you start moving around a lot and moving overseas, your Internet connection is going to be a crucial part of your overall success. If you’re going to be making Skype calls to international locations it’s particularly vital that your Internet connection is as good as possible. This will remove frustration from the situation, and allow you to have excellent and productive work-flow at all times.
Consider a co-working space. If you think that you’re going to be somewhere where the Internet isn’t great, consider looking into a co-working space within your area. There are a large amount of co-working spaces popping up everywhere (in order to cater to the growing number of nomadic workers!) so it would be great to tap into this opportunity, if only for the networking opportunities. The other benefits to the myriad co-working spaces around the world include special events, seminars and unique opportunities for development that you might not otherwise seek out in your day-to-day life.
Line up your ducks. A basic component of your success working remotely is going to be your organisational skill, because with the aforementioned beach beckoning every day it’s going to be hard to make sure that you stay focused. Some great tools that you can use include Google Mail and Evernote.
Learn How to Set Realistic Deadlines. Let’s face it, when you’re working remotely you’re probably looking to be as productive as possible in a shorter amount of time than you would in a standard nine to five work day. If you’re setting a realistic deadline for your clients you’re going to have happier clients and more productive workflow overall. Map out your deadlines and projects using something like a Gantt Chart which can be developed to track all of your clients and the projects that you have on the go.
Manage your time effectively. Further to the point above, part of working effectively is managing your time as efficiently as possible. You need to make sure that when you’re working, you’re working, and that when you sit down at your desk (wherever it may be) that you’re on. Make a ritual for when you start working. Whether you have a coffee, start by shutting yourself away from everyone else and isolating yourself (if only for half a day at a time) you need to be productive when you’re working.
With all this in mind, careful planning, organisation and realistic outlook will help you achieve your dreams of beachside success. However, there is no such thing as success without hard work and the dream can only be achieved if you take the necessary steps before hand and don’t cut any corners!
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