Nowadays, the Remote Work Lifestyle or Culture is really “the thing”.
We keep hearing all the amazing buzz about enjoying a digital nomad work routine, but then we also know the struggles that come along with it don’t we?
Yes, as a digital nomad or an entrepreneur it’s amazing how you can enjoy the work life without being confined, but how do you keep a balance when it comes to remote working and staying productive? I guess the most important question here would be “how do you become and stay a leader in your business?"
Let me go ahead and make a confession really quick: We all struggle with productivity issues when it comes to working remotely. I have definitely struggled with it, and for quite some time too. But having gone through the process it's enabled me to develop smart strategies and overcome the hurdles without breaking the bank, or anything else for that matter (ha!).
In this blog post, I am going to spill the beans on the productivity and efficiency nuggets that I have picked up over time. So, here’s all from experience and exactly the tips that have been working for me and my business:
Write Clear or Don’t Write At AllIsn’t this the key rule to everything in online business?
Well, as entrepreneurs we have to develop a strong connection with our audience and speak our heart out, so they can feel understood and have an opportunity to connect with us. The result? Well, the communities and raging followers, fans and subscribers don't simply happen out of thin air (wink). We have to communicate in all possible ways and one of the most significant ways is to do that via "writing". You are reading this blog post, that I wrote (ring a bell?).
My advice to every entrepreneur would be to “write clear”. Why? Because clear writing means clear thinking and it helps you spread the message much easier. In a remote work lifestyle, a lot depends on how you are ‘writing’; are you being clear in communication, are you putting out your message or not?
The golden nugget to take from this lesson is that your community is only going to find you and stay with you if they have a reason to. But your reason can only be communicated well if you are “writing it out” in the best and clearest way you can. So, I would say this again ‘write clear or don’t write at all’.
Ending the Work Day like a BossYou might think, ‘okay, what’s so interesting about this? I am the boss in my business and I always stay a ‘boss’ at the end of a work day’. I hear you.
But as an entrepreneur, mostly we do not realise when we should take the day off. We are passionate about our businesses and we do not realise when ‘enough is enough’. I say it very straight forwardly: We as entrepreneurs do not know when to stop working or rest up. We would keep working all day long, seven days a week and through the year (non-stop) because we never find the work boring or bothersome. It's something we enjoy doing, because we control all aspects of it in our business.
We also tend to go over hard on ourselves. The important thing to realise here is that putting in “hours and hours” doesn’t matter if you aren’t maintaining the quality, and you can’t maintain the quality consistently if it’s costing you your health and energy levels.
So, remember to give credit to yourself, pat yourself on the back at the end of a workday and repeat that even if you are taking a Wednesday off and keeping a Sunday on, that’s all up to you. Why? Well, guess what “YOU ARE THE BOSS”.
Do You Have A Water Cooler While You Work?In offices and corporations everyone is familiar with that few minutes of ‘water cooler' chat. But when we are working remotely as entrepreneurs we often forget, or take those water cooler moments for granted.
But these small chats can spark the creative ideas or can turn out to be the dosage of motivation that you were waiting for. So never turn away the moments of quick connection and small talk because the ‘small-talk' can make a huge difference in your day to day routine and make worthy connections happen. I'm not talking about spending endless hours by the Water Cooler - it's just a quick break and it’s fun.
My go to space for a 'digital water cooler break' is “Twitter” the bird really has some chatter!
Just having a quick digital 'water-cooler' break in my favourite chat room! Are you having yours? #digitallife
Get out of your PJ’s!Really, this is the secret productivity tip that I am sharing with you right now: you should NOT work in your PJ’s.
With a remote work lifestyle it’s a huge stereotype that entrepreneurs work in PJ’s all day long. The truth is that it's all about choice, you have the freedom to work in PJ’s or choose otherwise.
Here’s the thing about “what’s wrong with PJ’s?”; have you ever heard the saying “Look the part, feel the part” ? Well, that’s very true and I see it happen all the time. You feel most efficient and work more productivity when you are looking your best. Also, the way you are dressed not only makes you feel efficient and supercharged, but has a lot of impact on your mood.
So, the next time you are tempted to stay in your PJ’s all day long, think twice and then just get out of them, because productivity definitely happens outside of the PJ’s.
Keeping your productivity in check is just as important as making sure that your business is running smooth. It also influences your connections, your audience and how you communicate and connect with them.
So these are my top 4 tips on how to rock your remote work lifestyle without compromising productivity and overall efficiency.
Now, I would love to hear from you! Tell me, in the comments below, one exciting productivity tip that you have and that works like a charm for you.