Certain times call for remote work days. There’s no commute, no pop up meetings, no office dress code – pure bliss! But then, you get to opening your laptop and possibly being drawn in by the hundred things that Facebook, Myer and Instagram wants you to focus on instead. Suddenly you’re feeling guilty and unproductive. It’s always tough to draw a line between personal and professional time when you’re working from home.

As part of a team that works from home, we have seen and experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of remote work.

Read on for our top 5 tips to ensure productivity while working remotely:

  • Set boundaries – Establish working hours and stick to those. That means, don’t schedule any personal calls or errands during that time and spend a regular amount of time on lunch. This also means not checking emails out of hours – set rules and stick to them. Communicate with your team to let them know what to expect.
  • Structure your day – Using your calendar or making a to do is usually your best bet for success. Maximise your effectiveness by keeping it very similar to your typical work day. Set meetings with your co-workers rather than responding to interruptions and you can keep on task.
  • Interact with co-workers – Most employers should have an intranet or social board for all employees. Keep a scheduled time for going through it everyday, reading what other’s are working on or wish them happy birthday. It will increase your job satisfaction and make you feel like you’re part of a bigger team.
  • Find a cafe near you – While working from home has many benefits, if you find you’re being tempted to clean the pantry or tidy up a cupboard – get up and take your essentials with you to your favourite cafe. It will be a nice change and allow you to concentrate.
  • Don’t feel guilty – If you end up taking a break that was a tad bit longer, don’t spend the next hour fretting over it. Acknowledge it and move on to your next task.

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