After the bathroom question, the other thing I think people wonder about the most is the fact that I work solely from our Airstream. Truth be told, I love every minute of it. But it’s definitely not traditional to work from 300 square feet and in a 100% remote position. But I am here to say that I’ll never ever go back to working in an office. Ever (well, at least I don’t want to).
And before we really jump in, you should know that the reason I sought after a remote position was due to Mack’s career and the realization that advancement at a company, without remote work opportunities, was impossible in the midst of moves every three to five years. My solution? Find a job (and a house!) that can move with us. Here we are again attempting to create consistency in inconsistent circumstances. But it totally works for now and I am beyond thankful. I honestly can’t tell you what a gift my job has been to both me and Mack. So, what’s it like and how do you find a remote position? Let’s chat about that now, shall we?
How to Remain Productive in a Remote Position (& 300 Square Feet)
Give Yourself Work-Readiness Cues
Truth be told, I’ve always been a self-starter. I am super motivated and it doesn’t take me much to hone in and get focused. BUT there are definitely days that are harder than others to jump into my to-do list. And on those days, I’ve devised what works for me when I am not quite feeling work-ready. My formula — drink a latte, boot up my computer, and click play on my current playlist. Even if I do not totally feel like it… after about 20 minutes, I am focused and moving through my to-do list. That’s how I start every morning, and I think it triggers my brain that it’s time to work in lieu of a commute or other traditional ways to mentally prepare for the workday.
Get Up Moving At Least Every Two Hours
There are times when I jump into work at 8 am and do not move from my computer until 2 or 3 pm. Obviously, I don’t recommend this. But somedays I find myself so busy, I can’t help it (& I know some of you can relate). However, I try to be super intentional to get myself moving at least every two hours — typically by walking the dogs! When I do so, I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into work with a clear mind and renewed inspiration. All due to a 15-20 minute break from my screen replaced with fresh air and a brisk walk! Working from home is no cake-walk (despite popular belief), but introducing breaks into my day has enabled me to remain productive and motivated to power through each task.
Keep a Non-Virtual To-Do List + Planner
I have numerous means of tracking my tasks, but NOTHING can replace my good old fashioned notebook and planner! I use both in conjunction to plan my day — both from a work and personal standpoint — which I then schedule in my planner, checking each item off as my day progresses. Even if I have that same task in a digital format of some kind, I still put my pen to paper and jot it down. This is the easiest way I’ve found to not miss any deadlines or appointments. If you’re a digital list keeper, more power to ya! But if you struggle to delegate and prioritize tasks when you don’t have your boss just a few doors down, give this pen to paper theory a try! I think it’ll help you stay on top of and ahead of due dates in the midst of a busy schedule.
Bonus: How To Find Remote Work
When I explain what I do to anyone, the next question is always, “how’d you find a remote job?” Well, I’ll tell you now in case you’re wondering too! I found my current position through an Instagram post. And while Mack had his reservations (read: he thought it was a scam), it’s basically my dream job! SO, yay for that! But in addition to Instagram, there are tons of other ways to find remote work.
Curate a Digital Presence Worthy of Remote Work
I plan to do a post exclusive to this topic because it’s SO important. If you want to work remotely, most of the positions fall into the tech/digital realm. If your digital presence isn’t reflective of someone who’s walking their talk online, that may be a red flag for remote recruiters. What do I mean here? Your personal brand represented online should be reflective of your resume. Want more insight on if you’re doing this? Shoot me an email and I can do a quick peek at your presence and make some recommendations for ya!
Follow Create & Cultivate’s Classifieds
I am obsessed with basically all things Create & Cultivate! But they share classifieds all the time with remote positions included fairly often. I recommend to opt-in for their job hunt emails, because it’s a great way to get remote (or not) positions delivered to your inbox, whether you’re looking or not.
Follow Companies You Love + Admire on Instagram (& their CEO’s)
If you love a company and what they’re doing, be sure to follow them on Instagram. I’ve found that tons of companies do actually post their job openings in their feed, in hopes that someone from their community that knows and loves them, will apply! Furthermore, if your favorite company isn’t hiring, maybe a similar company is or maybe the CEO of one company likes to share posts from his/her friend’s company who IS hiring.
Who knew Instagram stalking could actually help you land your next dream job. And of course, if something sounds sketchy or scammy, it always is. The internet, even Instagram and LinkedIn aren’t always catching those who scam. Use common sense and stick with companies, you trust — and you’re set!
Do you currently work from home? Or want to find a remote position? I hope this post offered some insight and tips into how to do just that! If you have any questions, I am happy to help! Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’m here to answer all your work from home/Airstream wonders! 😉