The beauty of being a remote worker is that you can decide where your office is located. The home office is an obvious choice. But when you have a membership at a gym, which also has a lounge area, then why not mix up your week.
There’s a lot of productivity advice out there, this is not advice. I was simply thinking about how I can stay more productive when not isolated in my home office.
My remote work at the gym tips:
- Noise canceling headphones
Get yourself a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. Most gyms can be noisy places, much more so than your open floor plan office. I often find that during the day gyms are not as busy as after work, but there still can be a good number of people working out.
- Work out immediately when you arrive
The temptation to work out is real. That’s why you’re at the gym in the first place. So I like to get a solid workout in right from the beginning so I feel accomplished and have fatigued my muscles. Really it’s not unlike working out before going into the office. Just that in this case the office is the lounge area.
- Take normal breaks and get some exercise
Going for walks is a normal break exercise. Having a gym full of equipment is even better. When your gym has a bouldering area, it’s easy to get a few quick routes in on a 15-minute break.
- Bring your lunch and snacks
It’s convenient working at home or in an office where you can quickly grab a coffee, a snack, or warm up some leftovers for lunch. By bringing a sack lunch and some snacks, you’ll stay energized while avoiding snacking too much. Also, if there’s not a kitchen available to members, ask if they have a staff microwave you could use.
- Don’t do it every day
Moderation is key. If you turn your gym into your remote office, you’ll end up not wanting to put in long workouts. I aim for 1 – 2 days a week working in the gym. And a lot of the time I work half-days at the gym, meeting climbing friends at the end of the day for a solid session.
Time to send some projects! (to my boss that is).