In the past, professionals worked in one place and one place only: the office. However, thanks to the rise of mobile phones, laptops, and remote connectivity, professionals can now work anywhere at anytime. And for better or worse, most business owners will eventually find themselves in a situation where they have to complete a project in a public place. Though this is less than ideal, dedicated professionals can still accomplish important tasks at bus stops, airports, coffee shops, and libraries. Here, we’ll share five tips that will help you perform to the best of your abilities, regardless of where you’re working:
Set up a “Private Area”
Private space in public places can be tough to come by. As such, professionals may have to make do with a small table or bench to conduct important business. Nevertheless, do what you can to block out any noise or distractions that could inhibit your progress.
Even if you don’t plan on working remotely while on a trip, it’s still a good idea to pack several work-travel essentials in case of a business emergency. Power cords, power adaptors, headphones, and chargers are items that all business people on the go should have at their disposal.
Have you ever tried to hold a video conference in a library with strict noise restrictions? Or have you taken a business call at a concert or sporting event? If so, then you know that it’s virtually impossible to hold serious conversations in certain venues. If you find yourself in such a situation, then don’t be afraid to reschedule. Of course, rescheduling in advance is always preferable.
When working in public venues like airports, for instance, you may not have the time or resources needed to complete everything on your to-do list. Given that fact, it’s important for remote workers to prioritize tasks. Focus on knocking out the most time-sensitive problem first and worry about the rest later.
There are few things more stressful than trying to finish an assignment on a deadline. While it may be tempting to “throw something together” when working on a tough task in a public place, this is almost always a bad idea. Even the most dedicated professionals will make mistakes if they’re rushed. And, most of the time, it’s better to produce quality work a little late than to provide substandard content on time.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re editing a report on capillary blood tubes or you’re sending off a quarterly projection to your boss, working on the go can present a real challenge to ambitious pros. Thankfully, the above tips will help you block out the noise, stay on task, and avoid major mistakes when you’re working in public.