Digital Nomads : How to Work Remotely in 2022

Before the pandemic changed our lives, discussions surrounding  digital nomads was not a big topic as it is today. It was either you were in the office, or you weren’t. Although remote work had been growing before the pandemic, many managers still preferred their employees to drive into the office daily for work. 

But it all changed when everyone could not leave home for work. 

How do we get the work done now?’ managers and business owners asked. 

So, they discovered that working from home wasn’t as bad as they’d thought. Plus, the options were limited: you either worked remotely or there was no work. 

However, after the pandemic, managers have complained of reduced productivity from employees who work from home. 

This article will show how you can increase productivity working from home in 2022.

Are Hybrid and Remote Workers Unproductive? 

After the lockdown, people working from home were free to return to their offices, and some companies chose hybrid work instead. 

Hybrid work is when employees interchange between working remotely and working onsite. 

Although many companies believed working from home boosted workers’ productivity, some complained it didn’t. One person was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. In an interview, Elon said he preferred his workers to come to the office to work. 

Yes, there are benefits of working onsite, but the complaints that remote work reduces productivity are bogus!  

Several reports show that hybrid and remote work increases productivity and employees’ mental health. 

Owl Labs’ research in early 2022 shows that employees were 22% happier than workers who worked from the office. 

Ergoton, in a research, also discovered that 56% of interviewed employees said their mental health was better since they started working from home. 

HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE WORKING FROM HOME 

Waking in the morning and sitting behind your laptop to work sounds fun because who doesn’t like working from home? 

But the fun can quickly go off the ceiling when your neighbor is playing his music too loud, or when your children at home are running the house to the ground, or your favorite show is about to start, and you can’t help but watch it. 

All of these distractions can make you lose productive time. 

But you can overcome most, if not all, of your work-from-home productivity challenges’ with these simple formulas:

  • Define
  • Disconnect
  • Relax

The DDR formula is a surefire way to get needed work done while still feeling fresh at the end of the work day. 

Define: Before starting work from home, you must know what to do and when to complete the task. Too many remote workers are undefined on what they need to complete before the close of a work day. 

Having defined the number of tasks you need to complete, define how you will complete these tasks. Will you need to, at some point, talk to your colleagues for help? 

Do you need to call anyone outside your work for clarity? 

Do you have to be in a meeting today?

Ensure you have the right mentally – if you can write them down – defined the roadmap for your work. 

In defining, you must set out a routine you’ll stick to. This routine will help you stay disciplined when working from home or working remotely from anywhere else.

When will you wake up?

When will you start working?

How long will you work?  

These routines will help you take charge of your day. 

Disconnect: Cutting off distractions is the most challenging part when working from home. 

Because distractions can be both mental and physical, you need to know which is your Achilles heel. 

Mental distractions are thoughts and things that remove your attention from your work. It could be your cell phone or television, or your favorite website. 

Disconnect from them. Turn off your phone if need be! Turn off the television!

Discipline yourself to stay off social media or any website you love. 

Also, set ground rules for your children or whoever you live with. The rules will be for them not to distract you. 

In addition, use a noise filtering headset to block out external noise. If you can work with music, plug away! 

Relax: Take breaks intermittently between work time. 

You can take breaks after every two hours of work. 

According to consultant psychologist Kate Sullivan, relaxing increases your productivity by cooking dinner or watching a movie. 

Digital nomadism is a trend that will continue to grow as technology improves and work demands change. Therefore, digital nomads must know how to be and stay productive while working from anywhere other than the office. Define, disconnect, and Relax will help anyone working from home double their productivity. Click here to download our free playbook. 

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