Not all work has to happen at a desk. Studies have shown that people who work remotely are more productive than their in-office peers. But does that mean that telecommuters have to be in their home office in order to be even more productive? Here are five ways to be productive while enjoying the outdoors.

Think through your project plan on a walk.

Between the clutter on your desk—and the clutter in your mind—it can be hard to map out the particulars of a project. By getting up from your desk and out into green scenery, you can beat some stumbling blocks that might be bothering you and think through a project to get the desired results.

Record notes on your cell phone.

Pen and paper are so 90s office. You don’t have to be stuck at your desk in order to take notes. Just slip on your running shoes and record notes on your cell phone.

Use a mobile hotspot to stay connected anywhere

You might find that you have to work while you’re on the move. In that case, it’s a good idea to source out locations that have WiFi, or better yet, set up your smartphone as a mobile hotspot. That way, you can be ready to work whenever you just need to get some air, as well as if you have to complete a last-minute request from your boss.

Listen to podcasts while walking your dog.

In order to stay on top of current news and breaking trends in your field, you can enjoy nature—and still get some work done—by listening to podcasts. Subscribe to the podcasts of some industry leaders, put on your headphones, and learn new things while taking in nature. So grab the leash and walk your pug while you learn new things.

Think big.

Sometimes the best ideas come when you’re not in front of your computer. Since remote workers sometimes have a hard time getting in exercise during their workday, you should make a concerted effort to stay in shape. The bonus: going for a run or a walk can not only help clear the clutter from your mind, but it can make the space for new and amazing ideas to form.

If you thought that being outdoors would hinder your work productivity, think again. Walking away from your desk can help you perform better and get in touch with Mother Nature at the same time.

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