The trend of people working remotely is definitely here to stay. A recent report from LinkedIn indicated that for the first time, more people applied for remote roles than in-office roles advertised. The advantages of remote work are:
It’s clear that the advantages of remote work help keep employees happy, engaged, and fulfilled. However, it is tough sometimes to draw a line between personal and professional time when you’re working from home.
Many employees struggle to stay motivated, whereas others mentioned distractions at home as one of their biggest challenges when working remotely.
It is essential to find methods to stay productive, keep on track with your work and stay motivated when working remotely.
All you need is a simple and powerful habit and a few adjustments to remain focused throughout the day even when you are at home. So let’s get to our 8 ways to ensure productivity while working remotely.
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 others are working on or wishing them a happy birthday or congratulating them on a recent achievement. Staying connected to colleagues may help you feel more invested in your workplace. Getting to know them can help you create a support network if you ever have any questions or concerns about your job. It will increase your job satisfaction and make you feel like you’re part of a bigger team.
Set up your work area
Set up an actual desk area. Choose a desk and chair that are ergonomically designed, so you can work comfortably all day. Keeping good posture can help you decrease stress on your body. Keep your workspace free from clutter and develop a system for keeping important files and paperwork organised. You can get creative with your storage options if you have the room.
Focus on one task at a time
Rather than trying to multitask, focus on one task at a time to stay organised. This way, you can devote your full attention to a task and do better work. Working on one task at a time can also help you feel more relaxed.
Separate workspaces from family spaces
Separate your workspace from your family spaces to maximise your productivity. People who work in offices get to physically leave work each day, making it easier to forget about work for the evening. Since working from home doesn’t allow this physical distance, you should try to dedicate an area of your home to work. Then, when you are off the clock, you can leave this area and feel less connected to work and more focused on your family or personal life.
Take breaks outside
When you take work breaks, use some of them to step outside and enjoy nature. 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.
If you or your organisation needs help or more information on remote working structures and tools there is a treasure trove of information from many sources to investigate further, such as:
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