How do you stay on task?

Question: How do you stay on task? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Lily, an entrepreneur building VR conferencing for remote teams

The best productivity tip I can recommend is to set aside dedicated work time and build it into a routine.

For example, one of my routines was wake up at 7 AM, take my dog for a walk, make breakfast and get to work. At noon I took my dog for another walk and then finish my work and shut down my computer at 5.

For me, having core work ours was the key to my productivity because I knew I wouldn't have time later in the night to get work done.

Lily has almost a decade of remote work experience, now she's building the team collaboration tool of the future with Virtual Reality

Read full interview from Interview with Lily, an entrepreneur building VR conferencing for remote teams.


Interview with Dani and Luca, digital nomads who have mastered work and travel

Well, we love our jobs, and we love to travel. We couldn't travel if we didn't have these kinds of jobs and we couldn't work in this cool way if we didn't travel.

Lucky for us, we don't feel the stress: our tasks are the first things we think about when we wake up, and we are happy to see them get done.

Dani and Luca have mastered the art of traveling while working—see their hacks & tips for thriving as digital nomads.

Read full interview from Interview with Dani and Luca, digital nomads who have mastered work and travel.


Interview with Liz, a UI/UX designer and cowork advocate

At the beginning of the workday, I'll take an old-fashioned pen and paper to write out a high-level to-do list. It's such a satisfying feeling to check off tasks in those little checkboxes as you go through your day.

I have a small ritual with my headphones as well that's developed over time. As soon as I put on my noise-canceling headphones, I've trained myself that I have now entered productivity mode.

Liz is a traveling UI/UX designer—see her strategy for thriving as a digital nomad and her efforts to promote coworking.

Read full interview from Interview with Liz, a UI/UX designer and cowork advocate.


Interview with Digital Nomad Sage, an entrepreneur and UX consultant

For intensive work that requires my utmost attention, I won’t listen to music at all. I’ll also close all my social media tabs so that I won’t get distracted.

A lifestyle hack that I implemented was removing my desktop speakers to remove the temptation of just listening to music.

From e-books to blogging, Digital Nomad Sage has become an expert on making money online—see his advice for developing an online business.

Read full interview from Interview with Digital Nomad Sage, an entrepreneur and UX consultant.


Interview with Nathan and Connor, owners of Freeeup

We both have our own ways of staying organized and keeping the ship moving forward. Given that most of Nate’s time is spent on interviews, recordings, and phone calls, Google Calendar serves as his main tool for keeping his day on task and moving forward.

On my end, I spend more time working on different growth projects within the business.

I plan out my day the night before to make sure that I allocate enough time to each project that I’m working on. I then follow that game plan each day while allowing for some adjustments when needed.

Thinking of creating your own remote startup? See how Nathan and Connor built a successful and effective remote team from scratch.

Read full interview from Interview with Nathan and Connor, owners of Freeeup.


Interview with Katerina, a team collaboration consultant who sees the value of discipline

First and foremost, for staying on task getting enough sleep is crucial.

Everyone has different sleep needs. For me, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps. I also stick to this pattern on the weekends.

I plan my work a week ahead while keeping deadlines and priorities in mind.

Katerina fell into remote work by accident - she reveals how easy and straightforward it can be to make discipline a daily part of remote work.

Read full interview from Interview with Katerina, a team collaboration consultant who sees the value of discipline.


Interview with Jake, a customer success manager for Atlassian

I identify daily tasks and do my best to get them done. Sometimes they get pushed back a day or two, but I always try to be realistic with my goals, or else I just get discouraged, and when I get discouraged, I procrastinate... and then things really get behind.

Jake was burned out on the San Francisco lifestyle—see how he transitioned from working in-office to working remotely for a remote-friendly company.

Read full interview from Interview with Jake, a customer success manager for Atlassian.


Interview with Harry, an IT Architect who works from home

I keep a lot of notes in different locations for different reasons. I use Apple's Notes app for keeping them long term - basically my archive. For short term notes - those I'll collect on a conference call or working on a specific task, I'll keep them in a Text Wrangler document. I usually have quite a few of these open at once.

I use a Trello board for each major project. This makes it easy to share out tasks that require input from other IT or marketing team members, and also allows them to see how I'm progressing through development.

I use Todoist for managing the individual tasks for each portion of a project. Checking off each individual item gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to complete the next on the list.

Harry has worked remotely for almost 10 years as a senior mobile, web and desktop developer—learn how he balances work with family.

Read full interview from Interview with Harry, an IT Architect who works from home.


Interview with Erin, a virtual assistant with a successful approach to freelancing

I've long stopped fighting myself when it comes to staying on task. Over the years, I noticed that I experience natural cycles of productivity.

There are some days that I feel more energetic and creative, and there are other days that I feel fatigued and bogged down by brain fog.

During the days or weeks that I feel unfocused, I tackle low-brainpower tasks like creating to-do lists. Then, I rest if I need to. When I'm once again feeling more focused, I tackle my to-do lists with lightning speed.

Erin has found freelancing success as a virtual assistant—see her organizational tips & insights into how she picks clients that suit her business.

Read full interview from Interview with Erin, a virtual assistant with a successful approach to freelancing.


Interview with Chloe, a customer support freelancer and multi-project expert

I make a list at the beginning of each day with what I need to do and check them off as I finish them.

If I need to stay on a schedule of getting something done within a certain amount of time, I treat myself only once it has been completed and not before.

Chloe uses the flexibility of freelancing to her advantage—see how she successfully manages multiple projects at one time.

Read full interview from Interview with Chloe, a customer support freelancer and multi-project expert.

Keep your remote working skills sharp—get notified when we post the next remote work interview! RemoteHabits will help you achieve your remote work goals!