The world is in the middle of a major digital transformation. Now more than ever, software engineers and IT consultants are in great demand. Likewise, the digital revolution makes it possible for work to be done remotely, and IT professionals often find themselves on the move, tackling projects in cities far from home.
Hunkering down in a different city every other week or month comes with a good number of challenges, and IT professionals who are perpetually on the go are prone to travel burnout. Luckily, corporate housing setups are available on a medium-term basis, with firms like 2nd Address offering traveling professionals the option to set up temporary roots in a far off locale for an extended period of time.
Here are some tips to help you make the most out of the rising star in professional accommodations:
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1. Plan Ahead
It’s best to hit the ground running when you arrive at your new place. Come up with a to-do list that you can go through the moment that you get there. Each task should have a specific amount of time to make sure you don’t sleep on any important steps when settling in. For instance, you can set aside an hour to unpack your clothes, 15 minutes to put your personal effects in designated drawers, and so on.
It’s imperative that you do this as soon as possible, or you may end up literally living out of your suitcases the whole time that you are in corporate housing. Though you may be fine with that in principle, note that the clutter might cost you precious minutes of productive time on a regular scramble to find things that are still packed inside your bags.
After you’ve unpacked, find out what amenities are available in your temporary home so you know what supplies you’ll need to go out and purchase. You should also make sure to list down all the emergency numbers for the area –the corporate housing caretaker or manager can help you with this. While you’re at it, you might as well ask for recommendations for places you can check out during your free nights!
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2. Set Up Your Workspace
Given that you’re traveling for work, it makes sense for you to set up a quality workspace in your temporary residence—after all, establishing a proper routine tends to help people acclimate to new surroundings in a shorter span of time.
Find a space in your rental unit where you can lay out your computer and other must-need work tools. Take note if there’s anything else you need to make your workspace more efficient, and set aside time to grab them later on.
Once this is done, you’re free to come up with a daily working schedule, factoring in some local considerations like commuting hours and recreational options.
3. Come Prepared
Corporate housing units try to anticipate the needs of their occupants, which is why the majority of them come fully furnished. However, you may have some additional requirements that your rental space wouldn’t reasonably think to provide (things like a specific brand of shampoo or a certain type of sweetener).
To avoid the inconvenience of having to look for must-have specialty items upon your arrival, it’s best if to come up with a comprehensive checklist of the stuff that you simply can’t do without. Make a thorough list, and then pack for about a week –that quantity should be enough to tide you over until you find out where to get them in your temporary, new neighborhood.
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4. Personalize the Space
You may not be staying in your chosen corporate housing space forever, but you still have to make it as cozy as possible. Unlike a hotel room, you can easily personalize your temporary home to your liking: bring small keepsakes that you can display, or maybe photos of your family and friends. Seeing these familiar things faces is great to stave off homesickness, and keep your thoughts clear for the work that led you to travel in the first place.
Another trick that helps is to come up with a playlist that helps you feel at home. Let the music spur your productivity, and turn the volume up as you get ready to face the work-related challenges you’ll be tackling.
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5. Keep It Neat, Clean, And In Good Condition
Just because you’re crashing at a temporary home doesn’t mean you get to neglect it. You’re still going to live there, so practice a good amount of responsible housekeeping.
As much as possible, be sure to leave the house as you found it—this means being diligent when throwing your trash, replacing any furniture you might have to move around, and generally keeping neat. Not only does this keep your corporate housing unit pleasant to look at, but it also makes it easier for you to locate things that you might need for work.
More to the point, you don’t want the caretaker to see the place in shambles—especially if your company booked your apartment for you. Keep in mind that you’re in a borrowed space, and are expected to be a mindful of the way you respect the place.
While working from home might be a general preference, you’ll find that the next best solution is to find a second home rather than a generic hotel setup. Most extended nightly stay listings you’ll find do half the work for you by providing you with actual homes furnished with an eye for comfort.
As long as your temporary residence is safe, comfortable, and conducive to your personal productivity, then it’s just as good as your home back… well, back home. All it takes to create this same level of comfort is a little foresight and proactive thinking
Just follow our tips, and enjoy as your corporate housing serves you well.