Work From Anywhere
The driving force being many entrepreneurs is the idea that we’ll be able to one day set your own schedule and work from anywhere. Today, I want to focus on the second goal: working from anywhere. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and I’ve put together some helpful tips that will help you get the most of remote work.
In order to work from anywhere, you need to find a place to work. Coffee shops are the easy answer but there are a few rules I follow when trying to find the perfect cafe.
- Comfortable seating — If I’m working, I’m probably going to be sitting for at least an hour and that can be difficult if your only seating option is a bar stool with no table.
- Good WiFi! — If your work requires working online, it’s also important to find a place with good Wifi.
- Minimal Distractions — Nothing is worse than getting your laptop all set up and your latte ready only to have a rowdy group of teens come in and break all hope of concentration. Either come with headphones to block out noise or find a place that promotes a quiet atmosphere.
- Food/Drink — Lastly (and sometimes forgotten), make sure the place your working at has good food and beverages. It’s always good, if not required, to purchase something while working in a cafe so it might as well be something you enjoy.
Arguably the most important thing to have in order to work from anywhere is a good laptop. There are plenty of good websites to help you find the right one for your needs, but here are a few things to keep an eye out for.
- Lightweight — You’ll want it to be lightweight because you’ll be carrying it around a lot.
- Long battery life — Having a long battery life will allow you the option to work, even if you can’t find an outlet.
- Durable — You’ll want it to be durable just in case it falls off a table or gets a little coffee spilled on it.
Staying on track methods
One of the hardest things for me while working remotely is staying on task. There are two main methods I use to help keep myself on track.
- Checklist — I make sure I have a checklist of things I need to complete before I even get to the cafe.
- Time Tracker – This not only helps me know how much time I’m spending on each client and each project but also lets me know when I should take a break.
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