About 80% of employees view the option to work remotely as a job perk, and for good reason — the flexibility.
Many of those with the ability to work from home also have the ability to travel as often as they choose. Bonnie Green is just one lucky full-time remote worker who took to the wilderness with her husband to live the camping lifestyle. Here are just a few of her best tips for working from…well, just about anywhere!
Communicate About Expectations
Before embarking on any type of remote work-related journey, make sure you have a very clear understanding of exactly how often you’re expected to be in the office. Chances are, you’ll be expected to make an appearance at least once in awhile. You’ll also want to determine how travel expenses will be calculated, what you’ll have to do when you’re in the office, and how often you’ll need to check in at other times. Green schedules her office visits so that she’s home a full day in advance, which is also a good idea to allow you to get settled in. And of course, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in good working order before the big commute — the average car on U.S. roads is 10.8 years old, and you can never be sure when something could go wrong with the tires, or even the engine.
Make The Most Of Technology
This may seem like a no-brainer, but in addition to having backup equipment in case of last minute technical difficulties, there are plenty of ways to customize your workspace, even if it’s primarily in a tent, like Green’s. For example, when she has to attend a video conference, she uses her cell phone on a tripod. Not only does her phone have faster Internet because of its hotspot capabilities, but this setup also allows Green to use her laptop to access essential meeting documents.
Don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to technology-based setups. But once you find the right solution, it’s best to stick to the tech routine.
Set A Work Schedule, Even If Your Hours Are Flexible
Finally, Green says that she has a very specific way of starting her morning so that she has a productive workday each and every day of the week. Her routine includes nourishment of both the body and mind.
“Sure, you could stay in bed all day and not wear pants — or you could wake up early enough to shower, eat a nourishing breakfast, and transition into a working frame of mind,” Green says. “I also like to take a solo walk at the end of the workday. It simulates a commute and helps me transition to home time.”
Ultimately, 49% of campers say that spending more time with family and friends is the reason why they camp, but blending recreational time with working time isn’t always easy. By taking advantage of Green’s pro-tips, you can enjoy all that the wilderness has to offer without sacrificing productivity or the quality of your work as a whole. For more telecommuting tips, follow Tim and Bonnie Green on Instagram.