Even before the coronavirus, the percentage of remote workers was on the upswing, with some 70% of the workforce operating out of the office at least one day a week. An adaptable job environment that allows one to the job from home or co-working space is not just a benefit; for many, it is a demand: in a recent study, TimesJobs found that 30 per cent of respondents left work because they did not deliver such flexibility, while 80 per cent said they would be more loyal to their employer while they were offered more flexibility, including the opportunity to work from home.
It sounds pretty good when you get a chance to work from home in your pyjamas, doesn’t it? You get to get the work done as you put stacks of laundry between the coffee breaks. Even getting super close to all the pitfalls of your home life — or even being away from all your friends and supervisors — can be overwhelming and have an insulating effect. To make sure you’re “at work” as productive as possible, and when you’re at home, follow these practical and handy tips.
1. Place A Side Table Next To Your Desk
Have you ever been working on a cluttered desk? I know I have, and that’s how I know it can be distracted.
To help you keep focused throughout the day, it’s better when you put aside table next to your desk about the length of your neck.
You should put your notebook and the list of assignments on this pad, so whatever you’re working on is the only item on your desk. If it’s your machine, just one window is open (or how many you really need to do just one thing).
It would greatly reduce distractions while you’re working on a specific task.
But, if you’re in a meeting, so you need something to do with your hands, you can use a pen or a pencil so you won’t be disrupted or distracted.
2. Create Clear Stop Points
Typically, when you work in an office, there are natural pauses every other day. However, when you’re operating remotely, those breaks don’t occur normally.
We learn all the time that people are working longer hours or that their work bleeds into the night as they work remotely.
To avoid this, you should specify clear stopping points. For starters, you might set a stop at 10:30 a.m., noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Unless you’re working on a project that is critical, be religious about taking these breaks. You can walk for five minutes, or you can just get up and stretch.
3. Hold Your Calendar
You will get your non-negotiables already scheduled and own the schedule. For starters, senior content writer Jason Aroa blocks his calendar from 2-5 p.m. on Fridays. So he’s going to wind down for a week.
“I recommend that you book your lunch hour and breaks, recurring. Your calendar is what you have the true autonomy,” Jason says.
In fact, Jason advises that no back-to-back sessions be held. You can use Google Speedy Meetings to help with this.
4. Use The To-do List App/A Notebook
If you’ve ever been overwhelmed, you know it’s crucial to make lists to keep track of what you need to do.
Another thing you should do is make use of a diary. You should write a to-do list or even share thoughts.
You will use the to-do list software to do so remotely. The Microsoft to-do application is recommended by Jason from his own experience.
5. Taking More Breaks
What we found in the SharePoint Remote Job Report that 45 percent of remote employees took less than an hour’s lunch break, and 25 percent job over lunch.
In comparison, 58 per cent of remote Sharepointers otters take 1-2 breaks a day, 30 percent take 3-5, and 10 percent take none.
When you’re not getting enough breaks every day, you ‘re potentially losing more than productivity.
Although workplace culture has taught us to neglect our health, Jason advises taking frequent breaks during the day and listening to the physiology.
You should schedule your break periods for the hours that are most productive for you.
When you do a time analysis and/or know when you are most productive, you will have to make sure that you work at that period and take breaks at your unproductive hours.
6. Don’t Forget The Work-life Balance
We understand this is a challenge, but how can you increase your emotional energy all day?
Jason argues that companies need to focus more on work-life balance because those still working on a “factory clock” do not have high retention rates.
- To increase emotional energy throughout the day, try the following tactics:
- Get out of your work fuzz and reach out your team duly.
- Greet your coworkers and wish them through Slack.
- Team leaders should go out loud. If you’re a boss, give a note to your colleagues at the end of the day to let them know that you’re signing off.
- Exercise regularly, even if it’s only a 10-minute walk down the road.
- Find the activities that you love. Jason says, “For people who are lonely, I would be curious if their identity and self-esteem were wrapped up in work. If so, that’s not right.”
- Appreciate people, dude. Take a couple of minutes to write a note of appreciation twice a week. This leads to acceptance, relation, and belongingness.
7. Create Healthy Habits That Last
You would find that a lot of these tips are focused on developing new habits. But building a habit that will last is not easy.
One of the best ways to build a new habit is by self-incentivizing. For example, once you get a task done, you can reward yourself with a new book (or whatever it ‘s going to do for you).
If self-incentivization is not possible for you, you should seek to develop a routine that would qualify for certain behaviors.
Of starters, if you concentrate on developing a habit of retaining control over your schedule, this would allow for certain behaviors, such as taking more breaks or exercising during the day.
8. Give Resources To The Employees
As a boss, you need to provide your employees with the resources they need to be productive.
For example, when you give an assignment, you should tell your employee what the goal is and give them examples of what it should look like.
In addition, public boards can use another resource to enhance collaboration between your team.
Jason says, “Be simple and clear about the objective, but be flexible about how to get there.”
Once you’ve finished the day, leave your workspace, shut down your computer, and step away from work. It’s much more important to keep these lines clearly defined when you’re working from home. Don’t end up checking your work emails until bedtime — you’re going to get crazy!
It’s not always convenient for supervisors or workers to be remote. Staying productive can still feel like an impossible target. However, developing simple habits every day will help you achieve success while you work remotely.