Oh, the Freedom of Remote Freelance Work! You dictate your own hours. You can work anywhere. The beach, a foreign country, in your bedroom? Literally, anywhere! As long as there’s decent Wi-Fi Connection of course.
But with this freedom, first-time digital nomads tend to slack off and procrastinate. There is a fine line between chilling and forgetting your responsibilities. And this might give you serious repercussions.
With this, we help you find time to both be productive as a remote freelancer, wherever you are.
Create Clearly Defined Working Hours
The first step is to treat freelancing as a business. Set your clearly defined working hours beforehand. After all, you are not only traveling, you are also working.
Actually, you might be working most of the time. But at least you have the chance to experience new places similar to how locals do.
Would it be 8 AM – 5 PM? Or are you a night owl? Don’t forget to incorporate breaks.
Bottom line is, you have to set it at least a week beforehand.
This may be a simple step. But then, this structure will not only get you more productivity but also clearly separate your social life with your working life.
Find your Ultradian Rhythm
Now, we ask, what exact time should I work exactly? It depends.
We all must find where we work best. Every day for 24 hours we follow a circadian rhythm. It is a recurring cycle of sleep, waking up, and being productive. And during this cycle, we have smaller 1 hour 30 min intervals called Ultradian Cycles.
The start of an Ultradian Cycle marks the time where we are most productive and focused. How do you know what time?
You have to test first where your Ultradian cycle lie. Try recording your feeling of Focus, Enthusiasm, and Energy on a scale of 1 to 5 during the day. In an article about productivity, the Evernote team made a tracker to help you gather data.
The hours with the highest points during your 1-2 week observation most likely would be your priced hours.
Schedule Tough Work on Peak Productivity Times
You can always work anytime, right?
That may be true. But after knowing your Peak Hours, you can accomplish harder and more important tasks effectively.
Make sure that you are doing “Deep Work” these periods. These are activities that require intense concentration and are usually hard to replicate. Example are writing a how-to-article, learning a new language, and etc.
These activities produce meaningful work. And you want to get utmost productivity with the limited precious hours you have.
You can still work after your peak 1 hour 30 minutes. But this may produce subpar output. Just rest and wait for your next cycle. Or better yet, do clerical or logistic-related shallow work in this duration.
Living this remote working lifestyle has its perks and sacrifices. And with these tips, it can ultimately make you work smart. Work while you enjoy life. See you on the beaches of the world!