Remote working as we all know is now common. Seek.com has it’s own category now which filters jobs that allow working remotely. There is a new attitude in this way or working for the better. The advantages are:
- There’s no commute, better for the environment and for time productivity
- no pop-up meetings or distractions from other employees or drop-in clients
- no office dress code – pure bliss!
But then, you get to open your laptop and possibly being drawn in by the hundred things that Facebook, Myer and Instagram want you to focus on instead. All those unwanted emails amongst the important ones. Suddenly you’re feeling guilty and unproductive.
It’s tough sometimes to draw a line between the 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.
So let’s get to our 7 ways 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. Let family members know the right times to call. This also means not checking emails out of hours – set rules and stick to them. Turn off the pop-up notifications and set time just for email communication. 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 workday. Set meetings with your co-workers rather than responding to interruptions and you can keep on task. Use technology like Monday.com or Trello to know what tasks need doing and when.
- Interact with co-workers – Most employers should have an intranet or social board for all employees. Keep a scheduled time for going through it every day, reading what other’s are working on or wish them a happy birthday or congratulate them on a recent achievement. Now more than ever keeping in touch takes effort and an active step to interact. It will increase your job satisfaction and make you feel like you’re part of a bigger team.
- Find a cafe or workspace 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, just put on a quick load of washing – 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 and ensure you can tick off many items on your to-do list that afternoon.
- Exercise & Fresh Air – This is underestimated. Grabbing a few moments of fresh air outside in the cool breeze or sunshine can clear your mind and prepare you for your next block of work. Taking a walk for a coffee or around the block can give you a few free moments to think through what you have ahead. Don’t take your phone with you!
- Work to your body clock – if you are an early riser or a night owl, think about when you work at your best. Discuss this with your manager and work to your strengths. If you like to wake early and get started then do that, you will be at your most productive. If you like a little sleep in and don’t mind working late then make that work for you and your situation. We get more done when we work to our body clocks.
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If you or your organisation needs help or more information in remote working structures and tools there is a treasure trove of information from many sources to investigate further, such as:
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