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June 27, 2018 By Casmin Wisner

How to Turn A Wednesday Holiday In to a Week of Productivity and Fun

June 27, 2018

By Casmin Wisner

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June 27, 2018

How to Turn A Wednesday Holiday In to a Week of Productivity and Fun

By Casmin Wisner
Public Relations Specialist

The fourth of July is right around the corner and boy are we excited to celebrate ‘Merica. Given that the 4th of July can’t very well be observed on a Monday or Friday giving you a long weekend. This means that this year the holiday falls smack dab in the middle of the week on a Wednesday and many companies only give the one day off. However, this middle of the week holiday doesn’t mean that you actually have to be in the office instead of enjoying time at the beach with friends and family. In fact, with a little discipline and the right tools it’s easier than ever.

Whether you’re a regular remote worker or you’re hoping to put in some remote hours this summer while traveling, follow these simple steps to ensure optimum productivity:

1. Plan out your schedule ahead of time.

While working remotely offers a lot of flexibility, you’ll still want to take a good look at your schedule and note any video conferences and meetings you have ahead of time. Why? So you can get away from the hustle and bustle and situate yourself somewhere quiet where you’ll have few distractions and your clients or coworkers won’t have to hear raucous laughter, traffic or hangry seagulls in the background.

This may mean running back to your hotel room, your car, a café, or any quiet corner you can find. Set meeting reminders in your phone if they’re not already programmed in, so you have plenty of time to transition from play to work, and be prepared to work odd hours. You may want to consider waking up earlier than usual and putting in a few hours, working a little here and there in the middle of the day, and then setting up camp to work in the evenings so you can enjoy the sunshine and play during the day.

2. Get connected with the right tools.

Whether you will be traveling with your tablet, computer, smart phone or all of the above, there are a plethora of tools available to help you stay up-to-date, productive and organized. Here are several of our favorite tools to use while working remote (and don’t forget to download the mobile apps, for true on-the-go capability!):

  • Chat: Slack is more than just a chat tool—it’s a virtual office. With their hilarious gifs, useful chatbots, search functions, file sharing, and countless integrations that allow you to receive all your platform notifications in one place, it’s a great tool for minimizing emails and staying connected while out of the office.
  • Meetings Tools: Clearly we’ve got this one covered! join.me is an easy and effective tool for screen sharing and team calls and is a top video conferencing pick for small businesses. It’s also a great choice for quick meetings on the fly on both your laptop or mobile device.
  • Project Management: Trello and Asana are both intuitive tools for project and task management with simple drag and drop tiles and a great mobile app. Invite people to your boards, assign tasks, set deadlines, start discussions and more. You and others can stay up to date on the latest information by checking the boards at times that work for you and your tanning schedule. Kanban Tool is another fantastic project management tool in the cloud that helps you organize your work with colorful cards that can be dragged and dropped on a virtual board. You can control and optimize workflow and collaborate in real-time with the entire team, regardless of your location.
  • Password Manager: It’s likely that with so many different tools out there to help you get the most out of your remote working experience, you have far too many passwords and usernames to keep track of. LastPass is a phenomenal password manager, password generator, and vault to store notes, credit cards and other important information.

3. Stay disciplined.

Staying disciplined means not allowing yourself to check the news, social media, or browse the internet while you’re supposed to be working. Save that for your pool side lounging. If you do find yourself working long stretches of time, think about scheduling short breaks every 60 or 90 minutes for some “you time” when you can browse, take a walk, or check in with your friends and family. This dedicated on and off time will help you focus. However, if this self-discipline doesn’t work, download an app like SelfControl.

4. Be prepared.

Depending on where you’re working this summer, come prepared. For instance, if you know you’ll be working at the beach, you’ll want to bring plenty of food, a solar charger to give you some extra juice for that laptop or mobile phone, a wi-fi hot spot, oh and probably an umbrella so you’re not roasting in the sun all day.

Regardless of where your summer plans take you, you can find efficiency in the flexibility of remote working. Take a good look at your schedule, create a work plan around it, stay disciplined, and obtain the right tools and travel necessities. These simple tips are sure to help you optimize your productivity while out of the office and keep you informed and organized, while still having a little fun in the sun!

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