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How To Stay Productive While Traveling

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Mojito on the beach with Gmail open on the computer screen. If we believed everything we saw on Instagram, that’s what it would look like when you’re someone who works and travels at the same time. If you’re actually one of those people, you know that the reality looks a bit different.

Whether you have a home base and travel occasionally or you’re a full-time digital nomad who is always on the road, the reality is… work still has to get done. Being productive in different places can sometimes be harder than what it seems but we’re here to share some more tips on how to do so.

The Colivers in our community are some of the smartest people we know with such a wide range of experience so we decided to go to the source. We asked them how do they aim to stay productive while working remotely or on the road and this is what they had to say!

“Get Serious About Your Workspace”

Rachel says… Get serious about your workspace–spend some time finding a good place to work that is comfortable and meets all or most of your needs and then keep going back. Knowing what you are going to do and where you are going to do it gives some structure to the workday.

 

“Dress Up”

Chelsea’s advice: When I’m working remotely and don’t have to go into an office I’m more productive when I dress up, versus staying in my pajamas, even if I’m not going anywhere. Then when I’m finished with my tasks, I reward myself by just walking around the town I’m in – since I’m already dressed ;).

“Get Inspired”

Ann Kathrin says; For me, as an illustrator and graphic designer, it really helps me to be productive to get inspired by the local art and culture scene. Whether it’s a trip to a museum during the day, a visit to a theater or just sitting in a cafe and watch the everyday life around me.

 

“Plan Your Week”

 

Alex believes that you need to… plan your week so that it’s always clear what you’ve got to do next. It makes the distractions less tempting.

 

 

“Exercise Between Tasks”

 

Ella says; Go out for a walk or run in between tasks. It helps me to clear my head and focus more when I get back to my work. And it’s great to get some sun and see the surroundings while you’re at it.

 

 

 

“Make Location Work For You”

Ali says; My favorite productivity travel hack is to use the location freedom to help me focus. I choose a project to complete at each location whether it be a coffee shop, or even one desk versus the sofa in a co-working space. Once the project is complete (or a few tasks if they are smaller) I change locations. The new surroundings help me refocus and the time it takes to get up and walk around helps me get some fresh air and re-charge. 

 

Hopefully these tips will give you a good starting point for things you can do to stay productive while on the road! Of course, productivity doesn’t always mean being in front of your computer for 8 hours a day. In our eyes, when you’re truly productive, that’s the key to #worksmarterlivebetter.

 

Mastering Remote Work: 3 Ways To Improve Team Culture

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Being a full-time remote worker definitely has its benefits but if we’re being honest… sometimes it can be hard to navigate the world of remote work 24/7. If you’re used to office environments and coffee banter, sometimes it can be an isolating experience but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the future of work inevitably leading to more companies having remote employees and more people being brought on to teams so they can work from anywhere in the world… it’s vital to have the right tactics in place both as an employee and an employer.

There are some companies who do remote work really well and one of those is Hanno, a business that focuses on helping organizations build and launch life-changing products. The team is 100% remote and does all of their collaborations online, even with their clients. We had the pleasure of connecting with Laila, the Remote Work Mentor of the Hanno team to teach the Sun and Co. community about Remote Team Culture and now we’re going to share some of the takeaways with you!

Keep Your Systems Effective

One of the biggest hardships of being on a fully remote team can be systems and organizations. We asked Laila how do they keep their systems effective both within their team and with their clients as well.

In their company, they have “playbooks” which are perfect both when onboarding new team members as well as frequenting them in their day-to-day work situations. When you have guidelines within a team it not only helps you figure out how you do your work internally but it also helps your clients understand how you work as a remote business… just in case they need some clarity or have never worked with a brand remotely before.

Keeping systems effective also means that team communication is transparent on all fronts. They use something called Everyday PPP which stands for Plan, Progress and Process. It allows for everyone to be able to check in with one another and be able to keep everyone on the team accountable.

 

Connect On A Deeper Level

Sometimes when working remotely, it can be a bit difficult to connect with your coworkers on a deeper level outside of the meetings and daily tasks that you have ahead.

Some different ways to combat that and connect on a deeper level as a team?

Implementing things like check-ins before your meeting. It helps you all open up about how you’re feeling and get to know what’s going on with your teammates outside of work.

Another way to connect with teammates is having activities like “Friday Beer or Coffee” to be informal. Hanno hosts this weekly so that there is time within their team for informal chatting and connecting on a different level.

 

Know What Tools You Need

What is so impressive about the Hanno team is that although their business focuses on creating and implementing new projects and services for their clients, they are truly thought-leaders when it comes to remote work culture and efficiency.

They don’t just help their clients learn how to work remotely and be more efficient but they also help thousands of other people in the world learn how to implement better remote work practices via various online resources.

What tools could be useful to you and your team?

Here are some things you probably haven’t heard of before when it comes to thinking about what your team needs and what you can use to help with productivity and collaboration working remotely.

Remote Starter Kit: The Hanno overview of all the tools that you need to help your team collaborate better and be happier.

Oskar: The tool you never knew you needed. A bot that helps track your team’s happiness via Slack!

Donut: A site that helps you build amazing company culture online.

Reinventing Organizations: Laila recommends reading this book when you’re thinking about your own company culture and how to work better as a team and a new way of rethinking how an organization works and operates on a daily basis.

Do you work or lead a remote team? What tools and practices do you use to keep everyone organized, efficient and happy? Let us know in the comments! 

3 Ways To Avoid Burnout As An Entrepreneur

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, being a remote worker or even managing your own schedule, the topic of stress is inevitable. Many people idolize moguls who are always working harder or continuously “hustling” but that often comes with a price. As society becomes a bit more transparent about what goes on behind the scenes, there are constant stories of burnout and breakdown when people try to do it all, all of the time.

In the Inc. article on The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship, Jessica Bruder speaks on how many entrepreneurs often deal with anxiety and intense stress while failing to take into account the importance of self-care. While this may ring true for many, there are also those out there with an increasing focus on avoiding burnout all together and managing stress levels.

It’s easy to always be “on” while caught up in our professional lives, forgetting the importance of our personal health. While productivity and growth as a self-starter are highly valued, we’re going to share some tips on how to do less and give more without burning out in the process.

Let’s Talk About Avoiding Burnout

Remember To Move

It’s easy to create the excuse that we don’t have time to work out or be active because we have too much to do. But, did you know that exercise is considered vital for mental fitness as well as reducing stress? It doesn’t just help with our physicality, but it also allows for us to be more alert, concentrated and it also reduces fatigue.  

Moving doesn’t need to be confined to the treadmill or a CrossFit class, but being able to take hikes in the mountains, take a bike ride or simply going for a walk can help our mental and physical states.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate

When you’re running your own business or schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like your to-do list is neverending. While this might be true, it’s important to remember that you can’t do everything, all of the time. When you invest in delegating tasks to other people on your team, freelancers or remote workers; it allows for you to take time and energy to focus on what actually matters to move forward.

 

Take a Workation

While the thought of taking an “actual vacation” is something that seems unattainable for people running their own businesses or working remotely, the benefits of exploring a new place are endless. Taking a workation is a happy medium when you’re able to escape to focus on a big project while also being able to enjoy new surroundings.

We find that many people who come to Sun and Co. look to do just that. They are longing for a sense of escape while still having a desire to make meaningful progress in their business or an upcoming project. When you’re able to change where you are, it allows for a sense of inspiration and the perfect solution to avoid feeling as if you’re burning out.

 

These are just a few ways to try to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur, remote worker or someone who manages their own schedule.

What practices do you have in play to avoid burnout on a daily basis?

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need!

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As a digital nomad, you’ll find that being productive while on the road can sometimes be difficult. From changing time zones to wanting to explore your new “home,” when it comes down to actually getting work done, things can be harder than expected.

Not to worry, being a remote worker you’ll learn that keeping track with your team, clients and to-do lists is pretty easy if you have the right tools.

Here are 5 productivity apps every digital nomad or remote worker needs while traveling the world.

Digital Nomad? Here Are The Productivity Apps You Need

Asana

Asana is an amazing project management tool that keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest things happening in the company you work for or for your own business. Not only that but it’s an efficient way to keep your co-workers or employees accountable, no matter where you are in the world. With calendars and a way to track project progress, you’ll be sure to keep on top of all of your work while still traveling the globe and enjoying your time doing so.

Not to mention, you can have the app downloaded on your phone but try to turn off the notifications while you’re on the beach! It’s all about learning how to #worksmarterlivebetter right?

Momentum

Momentum is an amazing Chrome extension that really helps sets you up for the day and inspires you at the same time. Whenever you open a new tab, it shows you the time, a personalized message, a place where you can share your main focus for the day and an inspirational quote at the bottom.

Not only that, but you’re able to input your to-do list for the day and check it off as you go and the extension also shows you the weather, wherever you are.

Headspace

Productivity isn’t just about putting the pen to the paper but it’s also about making sure that you feel centered. As a digital nomad or remote worker, sometimes staying centered can be a bit tricky but Headspace is an amazing app that helps you focus on just that. Even if you think you aren’t into meditation, it’s worth a try. All you need is a few minutes each day to take time out and be still and odds are, when you get back to work afterward, you’ll be more balanced and focused.

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Toggl

When it comes to productivity and time tracking, Toggl is one app that you need to know. It’s the perfect way to see how much time you’re dedicating to certain clients and projects, while also making sure that when you’re working… you’re actually working. It’s so easy to get caught up in multi-tasking but with Toggl it really makes you focus on one thing at a time.

Workfrom

Workfrom is the perfect app for when you’re traveling because it breaks down the best coffee shops, bards, co-working spaces and places with WIFI all over the world. With almost 2,000 cities in its database, it’s the best place to scope out where you need to be so that you can be connected and productive all at a high speed.

 

There you have it! Here are some great apps that you can use to make sure that you’re productive while traveling on the word. Time to get to work!

 

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