How to work remotely during the holidays, according to an expert

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It’s the holiday season and your boss has offered an early gift — working remotely.

Remote work is a nice way to relax and not have to worry about competing with holiday travelers. It offers the chance to get work done when business tends to sway still after the holidays in a comfortable setting. Whether it allows more time with your kids or just a quick restart before the new year, it’s important to remember a few key tips and tricks before you set up your work station at home.

Owl Labs’ CEO Frank Weishaupt shared some tips on how to prepare and crush working remotely this holiday season.

Download your files offline

Downloading presentations or files to work on offline can create a more productive work environment, said Weishaupt. It also allows you to work in areas that don’t have WiFi, which can be crucial depending on where you decide to work.

Charge your devices

Thinking about going to a coffee shop to do some work? What about cranking some emails while waiting in the airport or on a train? Outlets aren’t a given nowadays which means remote workers should charge their devices before leaving to go anywhere.

Have the tools you need

This goes in hand with charging your devices. Make sure you have your laptop charger and headphones. Have a wireless mouse? Great, bring that too. If you’re traveling and doing work, it’s essential to have the tools you need in order to do the work. Also, remember to have those files you need.

Find a work station with no distractions

Trying to cram work in while your kids play with their Christmas toys isn’t going to accomplish anything. Forget watching Disney+ in the living room, find a quiet space that’ll actually allow you to finish your work in a timely manner. The quicker and more efficient you do your work, the quicker you’ll be able to get back to enjoying some family time.

Update your calendar

Just because you know you’re not working a full day on Thursday doesn’t mean your colleagues or clients are on the same page. Weishaupt said to make sure you inform your team, clients or anyone you work when you will be working and when you won’t.