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September 15, 2022

Flexible hours, travel, pajamas all day...remote work sounds dreamy but staying motivated can be a challenge. Create an environment that keeps you productive with these tips. 

Cubicles and pagers are well in the past as open offices and technological advancements continue to transform the modern workplace.
With this evolution, remote work is on the rise. Not only does it offer employees the work/life balance they want, it also saves money and increases diversity.
But I don't think I need to sell you on remote work, you're probably very aware of the obvious draws to this type of workplace freedom. As someone who has worked remotely, I can vouch for the pros - but recognizing the hurtles that come with it is equally important in guaranteeing your success. 
As the saying goes, "with freedom comes responsibility". It's easy to give this an eye roll, but it's true. You've got to manage your time, set boundaries, and create a workplace environment that keeps you motivated and productive. 
Here's how to do it:

1. Clean Desk, Clear Mind

This goes for any workspace really, but is especially important when working from home. It's easy to let cords, coffee cups, random papers, and whatever else clutter your work space. 
The habit of keeping a clean space has a direct impact on keeping a clear head. Making this a priority will allow you to focus on what's critical.
A simple filing system and clean up is a start, but there are many other ways to keep a polished desk. Brydge Macbook Dock Station is one of them. This dock opens up essential space on a crowded desk while neatly managing the flow of connections in and out of your MacBook.

 

2. Keep a Schedule 

Schedule is key when working from home. Just as you would have a routine in an office, setting aside time to focus on certain tasks will help you stay focused and eliminate distractions. 
Consider creating a visual calendar or notes around your workspace to remind you of your overall goals and the steps necessary to achieve them. 
Tech Radar put together a full-list of productivity apps to help you stay focused and on task, including Wunderlist and Evernote. Many of these apps are free, and easy to download on your tablet or smartphone.

3. New Environment, New Perspective 

Writers block isn't just for writers. It's especially easy to fall into a rut when your working at home day-in and day-out. Switching up your work environment is a great way to get some fresh air and inspiration.
Consider taking your work outside or to a coffee shop for a few hours. As long as you're prepared with the right tech and accessories, your options are pretty open. A Brydge wireless keyboard paired with a tablet is a versatile combination for productivity in any environment.

 

4. Consolidate Your Tech

One of the draws to working from home is that you don't necessarily need to be "at home" at all. For a productive work/travel experience, you'll want to arm yourself with the best portable tech solutions available - and this doesn't necessarily mean a laptop.
Although designed to be more portable than a desktop, laptops and their accessories can be a bulky nuisance while traveling. If you want to travel lighter and smarter, consolidate the setup with a tablet and paired Bluetooth keyboard.
The advantages of working this way include:
  • Versatility. Phones and tablets largely require the same USB port for charging and data transfer. That means all you need is your tablet, a Brydge keyboard, and a single USB cable to power all of your devices. 
  • Ease of Use. Can you fit your laptop in your purse? Does it weigh-down your briefcase? A tablet-keyboard combo slips in and out of luggage with ease.
  • Battery Life. Tablets have far superior battery life compared to laptops. A year or so into your laptop’s life you’ll start to notice a big drop in how long you can go without frantically searching for an outlet. That drastic drop in battery performance is rare in tablets.

5. Know When to Turn-off

It's really easy to bring work home with you...when you work from home. 
This is where boundaries and routine come into play. Set breaks for yourself and stick to them. Try to completely unplug and go on a walk or talk to a friend. You'll be surprised at how refreshed and productive you feel after clearing your head for a bit.
It's also important to set a time at the end of the day when you shut down work. Create a routine like you would in a traditional workspace (check your email one last time, create a list for the next day, etc.) and turn off your computer. Having a hard-stop will allow you to focus on family or other important aspects of your life without always feeling like you're on the clock.
Working remotely can be extremely rewarding if done right. Enhance your productivity with versatile tech - such as a tablet/keyboard combo, clear schedules, and an organized desk space. Shop now and save on the most cutting edge technology from Brydge today!