Most people will definitely love to be remote workers in Bali from the very first day. Sipping coffee in a bamboo house and overlooking one of the legendary rice fields around Ubud or Denpasar—what a life!
It’s for certain that working remotely has its perks—more flexible hours, less commuting, and more freedom.
However, if you’re not a self-motivated person, there’s one drawback coming from this enticing lifestyle—you are unable to stay productive, and procrastination becomes one of your best friends.
Don’t fret, though. Being productive is a skill that you can acquire.
In this article, we will provide you with some tricks to help you stay focused, and you will be well on your way to be one of the most efficient workers your boss could ever wish for.
1. Get Yourself an Ideal Workspace
We understand that you can work from any rooms when you are working from home—the bedroom, the living room, or even the kitchen counter. However, working in different places can cause negative work patterns. Besides, if you are working from your bed or your couch, you’ll get tired more easily with bad body posture.
Instead, get yourself a designated space to do your work. If you have an additional room, transform it into an office with a desk and chair that you can sit properly.
By doing so, you will be less likely to mix entertainment and work together which will distract you tremendously.
Whenever you get bored in your home office, you can also try out co-working or serviced offices that are available throughout Bali.
2. Set up a Schedule
Always plan a day ahead with a schedule that details your hour-by-hour activities.
Don’t forget to take a break in between those activities as feeling stressed with the unceasing workload is the last thing you want when working remotely. During the break, you can also go outdoors to get some fresh air and regain your energy.
3. Connect and Communicate
You need to interact and stay in touch with the people you work with. By connecting and communicating, you will be able to get feedback from your co-workers and employers in regards to your tasks, as well as keeping track of your co-worker’s progress.
Most importantly, you will feel less isolated and lonely.
Bali is a breathtaking spot, and you will never be bored, but you can still feel alone. It’s been proved that isolation and loneliness caused by the lack of human interaction can be detrimental to your overall work productivity and efficiency.
4. Get Rid of Distraction
Let’s face it. There are tons of distractions when you’re working from home and especially from abroad. Don’t ever think that you can multitask by checking out your friend’s activities on Facebook, and designing a website for your client at the same time.
Research has shown that your productivity can reduce by a whopping 40% if you think that you’re a smart multi-tasker.
No, you are not. Focus on one task, and one task only, you can enjoy beautiful Balinese rice paddies afterwards.
5. Work when You’re at Your Peak Conditions
Some people are more productive in the morning, and some can get more done in the evening. Since remote workers have the benefits to work with flexible hours, you should know which parts of the day are your peak hours that you can work more effectively.
Try to set priorities and schedule more important or creative tasks when you’re at your best condition, and save those smaller or tedious tasks outside the peak hours.
As such you will have enough time for your tasks and hobbies as well. Leading a balanced lifestyle is something you should never underestimate.
6. Make Time to See Friends and Family
This is one of the most important tips to stay effective working remotely, but most people often overlook it. Getting away from work and seeing the one you love and care about can make a huge difference in your overall well-being, in turn boosting your productivity.
Sharing challenges you face in your job with your friends and family can also prepare you to come up with solutions and ideas to get the issues resolved.
Don’t worry about the quality of internet connection. Video calls from Bali are more than usual.