Remote Work (Summer Edition): Proven Tips to Stay Productive from Green Apple Strategy

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift in how we work. Remote work has become increasingly common across industries, and for good reason. It offers flexibility, freedom, and the potential for a better work-life balance. This flexibility is a game-changer, especially during the summer months when schedules shift and wanderlust sets in. Kids are out of school, vacations are calling, and the sunshine beckons us outdoors. However, increased travel and flexibility don’t have to cause a decrease in productivity.

Think about it: working remotely allows you to explore new places, gather fresh content inspiration, and prioritize your well-being by taking breaks that prevent burnout. Those are all factors that can lead to a more productive you!

The question, however, is how to maintain that productivity while basking in the summer sun (metaphorically or literally). At Green Apple Strategy, a full-service marketing agency based in Nashville, we’ve embraced remote work for years. Our team is a hybrid bunch, with members working from home offices and coffee shops across the globe. Through these experiences, we’ve gleaned valuable insights on maximizing remote work productivity during the sunny season.

Summer Hacks for Peak Remote Work Productivity

In this article, we’ll share some of the best practices we’ve learned to stay productive during the summer months. Hopefully, our tips will help you make the most of your remote working schedule. 

Embrace the Opportunity to Get Outside 

One of the unanimous favorites from our Green Apple team is to get outside. Remote work grants you the privilege of experiencing the energizing benefits of nature while still crushing your to-do list.  Imagine crafting a killer social media strategy while listening to the gentle lapping of waves on a beach vacation. You may find inspiration for your marketing while working from a local park or outdoor cafe. Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and create a work environment that invigorates you.

Plan Your Week for Peak Performance

A little planning goes a long way when it comes to maximizing remote work productivity. Knowing your meeting schedule in advance allows you to plan your location for the week. Let’s say you have a Zoom call scheduled early on Tuesday. Perhaps you want to work from a co-working space on Monday, a coffee shop on Wednesday, and then head to a local park for some focused work on Thursday. Planning empowers you to take advantage of remote work’s flexibility and create a workweek that fuels your productivity.

Take the Opportunity to Rest and Relax

Remote work can be a double-edged sword. While it offers incredible flexibility, it can also blur the lines between work and personal life. Remember, numerous studies show that employees who take vacations are actually more productive upon their return. So, don’t be afraid to unplug and recharge. Go for a hike, have a picnic in the park, or simply relax with a good book. Embrace the summer leisure and return to your work feeling refreshed and ready to tackle any challenge.

Communicate Your Plan and Availability

Collaboration is vital in any creative environment, especially when your team is geographically dispersed. Summer vacations can throw a wrench into communication routines, so being proactive is essential. Let your team know your availability well in advance. Utilize project management tools to keep everyone on the same page, and don’t hesitate to schedule quick check-in calls to maintain momentum on projects.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Human Connection

While remote work offers many benefits, it can also lead to feelings of isolation. Remember, camaraderie is an important part of the work experience. As you create your schedule, consider planning a co-working day with a colleague once a week. This is a great way to break up the routine, brainstorm ideas, and enjoy each other’s company.  

Fun fact: during the summer months, the Green Apple team makes a conscious effort to schedule more team outings and social events. These experiences build a stronger work culture and encourage each team member to feel supported and contribute their best work.

Don’t Just Work: Thrive.

Remote work offers a fantastic opportunity to embrace a flexible and fulfilling work style. Here at Green Apple Strategy, we’re grateful for the chance to work this way, and we’re passionate about helping others maximize their remote work experience.

Want to learn more about our culture and what makes Green Apple Strategy a great place to work? We invite you to learn more about our approach to marketing and what it’s like to work at Green Apple.