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Say Goodbye to the Office: How to Shift to Work Remotely From Anywhere in the World Long-Term

January 8, 2024 Hanny 6 min read No Comments
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The way we work has changed significantly in the past few years. Once the pandemic hit, many companies were forced to close down their locations and add a new way to work – working remotely. While we couldn’t work and travel due to the lockdown, many of us were able to work from our homes, learning to balance home life and work life. The pandemic changed many things, including how we work. While most companies decided to have their employees back in the office, other companies decided to take a more hybrid approach or allow their employees to work remotely. If you find yourself reading this post, you’ve probably thought about quitting your job to work from anywhere in the world.

Well, the good news is that many companies are open to having their employees work remotely, and though It can be hard to find a good remote job that isn’t a scam or doesn’t involve telemarking, it is not impossible. You can find a good remote job, but because they are so in demand, it is hard to find one that will allow you to travel and give you benefits.

That doesn’t mean you should give up on finding a remote job, in fact I know several sites such as Linkedin, We Work Remotely, and Remote Work, where you can find legit remote jobs. So if you are looking for one, here is what you need to know on how to shift to a remote job.

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Assessing if You’re Ready for 100% Remote Work

Having a remote job seems appealing for various reasons – You can work from anywhere, you might have flexible hours, you don’t have to commute to work and you don’t have to go into an office. While that may all sound appealing, there is more to working remotely than most are aware of, which is why you need to make sure you are ready for 100% remote work.

Do you work well independently?

Most jobs will allow you to do your work without supervision. You are not constantly weighed down by someone and depending on what kind of remote job you have, you may also have the ability to make your own work hours. This requires you to be able to work well independently without constant hand-holding or a structure.

Do you have a dedicated workspace?

You may not need a dedicated workspace if you are planning to move around and travel. However, if you’re someone who needs to have a space, much like I do, then definitely have a dedicated workspace. Even though I travel, I still have my workspace at home.

Do you have good communication skills?

No matter what you do, you need to have good communication skills, at least with your co-workers. If you don’t communicate what you are doing with your co-workers, then how will they know what you’ve been up to? Since you don’t get to see your co-workers in the office, the best way to communicate when working remotely is either calling them or using a hub for team collaborations such as Teams.

Do you have a reliable internet connection?

This is a must when working remotely. You need to have a good, reliable internet connection because if you do not, it will make it harder for you to get any work done and the company you work for may start to see you as unreliable.

Do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I sometimes find myself working more than I should. It is so easy to lose track of time, and when you finally look at the time, it’s already past your scheduled hours. It is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance, not just for your sanity, but also because our lives should never revolve around work.

Do you have a support system?

Working remotely can be rather lonely, which is why you need to have a support system. Even if you are okay with being alone most of the time, you still need to have some support or someone to talk to from time to time.

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Keys to Maintaining Productivity Working Outside a Traditional Office

When you first start a remote job or any job, you’re excited to start the new adventure. After a year or so, however, it can be quite challenging to maintain productivity, especially when you have no one around you working on the same things or anyone hoovering around monitoring your work. So how do you maintain productivity working outside of a traditional office?

Establish a Routine

Having a routine helps when maintaining productivity. If you don’t have one or think you don’t need one, you’ll soon find out how much harder it is to maintain productivity. Establishing a routine helps keep you productive plus you get a lot more done in your personal life having one.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks is vital. You might think this kills productivity, but if you’re able to take a break to do something you love like gardening, taking a walk, or playing with your pet, you’ll find yourself going back to work happier. A study done by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, in collaboration with British multinational telecoms firm BT, found that happy workers are 13% more productive. So go ahead, take that break!

Invest in the Right Tools

To be productive, you need the right tools to get your work done. Whether it is two monitors, a laptop, a mouse, or a nice chair, you should invest in the right tools. Most companies will give you the tools needed to get your job done, but if they do not then make sure to invest in what you need.

Stay Organized

Staying organized can make life easier, but it also helps in keeping you productive. This also helps you in staying focused and a clean workspace is always nice to look at.

Minimize Distractions

Minimizing distractions will help with productivity, especially if you avoid distractions such as social media and TV.

Tips for Feeling Connected and Engaged with a Distributed Team while you work from anywhere in the world

When working remotely, you’ll notice that the people you work with are all scattered around the world. Because of this, it is hard to feel connected with your co-workers, even if you do talk over the phone or chat via Teams. So what do you do in this case? How can you feel connected and engaged with a team, while you work from anywhere in the world? Below are a few tips to help with this.

Tip# 1 – Attend Happy Hour

While my co-workers now do happy hours in person – most traveling to the destination of said happy hour, you can also do an online happy hour. Don’t have a happy hour? Suggest one to your supervisor. It doesn’t have to be a happy hour, it can also just be a get-together of some sort.

Tip # 2 – Join the Club

Something my job does is clubs, well more like group chats where we talk about a specific theme. We have one for pet lovers and we also have a book club. If your job has one, join the club. This will help you feel connected to your team.

Tip #3 – Engage in meetings

Meetings are a good way to engage with your co-workers. I tend to have one-on-one meetings with my manager and also a group meeting with the team I work with. While we use this time to update on our work progress, this is also a good time to catch up with one another and engage.

Best Remote Work and Travel Gear to Always Be Ready

I’ve been working remotely for about three years now, and traveling since I was a baby. While I have a huge list of travel gear, my list of remote work gear is much smaller as I don’t need much to get my job done. That said, you can find some of the best remote work and travel gear below.

SideTrak Swivel 14” Attachable Portable Monitor for Laptop

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I absolutely love my portable monitor! This has made traveling around so much better and work from anywhere in the world is made much easier.

SIMO Solis Lite 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot

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Sometimes you won’t have WiFi accessible everywhere. Usually you can connect in the airport, hotel etc…but if you’re in a location where you can’t get WiFi, this WiFi mobile hotspot is a must!

Mancio Vintage Laptop Business Backpack

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If you need a backpack for your laptop and equipment, check out this vintage bag.

AboveTEK Portable Laptop Lap Desk

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If you prefer to use a mouse, this laptop lap desk has retractable mouse pad tray.

There are a lot of other gadgets and tools you can use for work from anywhere in the world.

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