As a creative individual, there is only so much time you can take sitting behind a desk before that ticking time bomb goes off. Being hands on during a project does not always mean that you have to be in the building, conference room or office at the time of the conversation to stay on top of your responsibilities. On the contrary, it's super doable to travel across the world and project manage right from your computer (WiFi necessary).
Previously, we featured a spotlight blog on a former triber, JJ Ruescas, who is a Development Operations Specialist. A main component of his job is to improve the flow between software developers and IT specialists on a daily basis. When asked what it would take to successfully perform the necessary tasks of a PM remotely, the three main components included communication, reliability and productivity.
With communication being a key necessity between you and your clients/staff (especially while in another time zone), it's important to be prepared before you leave. Reach out to your cell phone provider and check to see what kind of international roaming plans may be available that will not break the bank. Additionally, there are a series of apps that will help you communicate easily while connected to WiFi, as well as offline with 3G/4G coverage:
Basically, answer your emails, respond in a timely matter and hit your deadlines! The biggest factor in working remotely is being able to use your time wisely so that your employer doesn't feel the need to look over your shoulder throughout the day to make sure you are actually working. Yes, this means that little blurb on your resume that states you excel in, "timeline management," needs to be utilized now. If you're having trouble spending your time wisely, or even staying focused, check out these time tracking apps:
As mentioned in our last post, productivity is a key factor in making sure you are on top of your to-do lists and hitting deadlines as expected while out of a physical office. Since you'll be on your computer most of the time, there are a few really unique and resourceful apps/extensions that will help you stay on track and block distractions while trying to be productive:
With the large array of help aids available to you all over the internet, as long as you make yourself available to utilize them, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to work remotely as a Project Manager. Maybe your next step in trying to transition is the negotiation phase with your present employer? Best of luck :)