Remote work coach, Darren Cronian

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This guide was written by Darren Cronian. Over the last 7 years, he has secured numerous remote jobs and built a successful freelancing business. Frustrated at automated rejections or struggling to find freelance clients? Your remote work coach is here for support.

Remote working offers flexibility and freedom to create a work-life balance that gives more time to do the things that you love. Here are my tips for working remotely.

That said, it can be challenging when you first start, so here are six tips for working remotely to help you with the transition.

Tips for Working Remotely at Home
A morning routine is essential

When working at home, it can be easy to sleep in and not have a morning routine, but it’s important to get up at a reasonable time and start your day.

Before starting work in the morning, think about exercising. Yes, before you start working. Why? The exercise sets you up for the day, and it doesn’t have to be rigorous. Personally, a 30-minute power walk to clear my head and plan the day works for me.

Having a routine does not come naturally to many of us, myself included. It takes time to find a routine that suits your lifestyle. Remember, you no longer have to wait for the train and commute to work, so you have time to start the day off properly.

Work in a coffee shop

If you spend days working at home without any fresh air then you will start to feel lethargic, and your energy levels will be affected. Take your office to a coffee shop, and while working select a task to focus on otherwise procrastination sets in.

Not only will it be a change of scenery, but it’s a great way to socialize and meet new people. Since remote working can be isolating, you must take time out to meet others so that your mental health is not affected.

Plan your work the day before

This technique has drastically increased my productivity and helped me avoid procrastinating. Before you finish work for the day, spend 15-30 minutes planning what tasks need to be completed the next day.

It’s important not to give yourself a huge to-do list, but instead chose 2-3 tasks that will move your business forward.

This works because the next day, you do not sit at your desk procrastinating, thinking what work you need to complete. Instead, you know exactly what the focus is for the day and jump straight into completing those tasks.

Seriously, this small change will drastically improve your productivity.

Drink plenty of water

When working from home you can easily forget about keeping hydrated, especially when you are focused on a piece of work. It’s important to drink plenty, more so when you’re living in a humid climate. Dehydration will affect your performance and productivity levels.

Keep a jug of water on your desk and add ice cubes and lime/lemon to keep it cold and refreshing.

Avoid distractions

The internet has changed how we work, but it has also added more distractions that can stop your flow when you’re in a productive mindset. The increase in the usage of app and browser notifications has caused a real issue for remote workers.

The solution is simple: switch off your mobile device, disable notifications on your desktop, and make sure that your email is closed.

Having a designated space in your home to work from, can help with being distracted, especially if it’s away from the TV, your computer console and family members.

Keep your desk clear, store your phone, tablet, and any other distracting gadget in another room.

Apps like Freedom blocks websites and social networks, which can cause you to procrastinate. Another useful tool is RescueTime that helps you understand where your time goes each day.

Spend time doing the things you love

Spend more time doing the things you love, by having a work routine. When you work 9-to-5, your free time is in the evening, and as the nights draw in, forget doing anything after work. Split up your working time, so that during the day you have a few hours spare to participate in hobbies and interests.

If you’re into photography, take a two-hour break and go for a photo walk. Or, find a place to relax and read your book, basically do anything that makes you happy.

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to forget to take breaks, and let’s be honest, you’re not productive all the time. Work a few hours in the morning, take a 3-4 hour break, and then get back to work in the late afternoon or early evening.

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Working at home can be a challenging so hopefully these tips for working remotely will help you. If you’re stuck in a 9-to-5 job and want to quit to work as a freelancer or entrepreneur, then sign up to my free monthly email, called the Hive. All subscribers receive a copy of my 36-page guide, 12 steps to quitting your 9-5 job to work and travel.

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