There are a couple of different scenarios of how a person becomes a remote worker. The most common situation is that you usually work from the office, but because of certain circumstances – like the worldwide pandemic, you start working from home for an undefined time.
Another situation is that you land a new job that gives you the ability to work remotely – for example, if you start working for an online agency. Or maybe you start an online business of your own and decide you are going to do completely fine without a physical office.
All in all, remote work can be just as productive as work from the office. More to it – it can become even more productive than the standard work from the office. But for that to happen, you need time to get used to remote work and master some tips and tricks that will help you become more productive while working remotely. Today, we are going to share some of those tips with you.
Tip #1: Use Effective Communication Tools
When it comes to remote work and productivity, effective communication is always key. No matter if you are the boss and need to communicate with your employees or if you are the employee who needs to communicate with your entire team – you need to increase the amount and the quality of your communication.
Since you are not sitting side-by-side with your coworkers and likely have joint projects or cases to discuss and follow up on important updates, you will need to start using an employee workflow management platform like Slack.
Therefore not only it will increase the quality of communication in your organization, but it will also help manage the entire workflow of the team easier – especially if you will take the advantage of the opportunity to integrate multiple tools like Dropbox, Canva, and others into Slack.
Tip #2: Create a Workspace
If you plan to be working remotely for quite a while, especially because of the pandemic, and you want to be successful and avoid ruining your career, setting a proper workspace can help you quite a lot. Even though it may sound so simple, it can change many obstacles that you face everyday while working from home.
First of all, it will help you focus. Looking from the psychological side, your brain recognizes your home as a place to unwind and rest, not work. And this already makes it more difficult to focus. But if you were to create an uncluttered workspace that is meant only for work, an environment like this is guaranteed to help you increase your productivity.
Also, as you set yourself a comfortable workspace, stick to a couple of rules. To start with, don’t do any other activities rather than work in your workspace – if you want to eat, go and have a break in the dining room or the kitchen and vice versa – do not work from bed or other areas of your home that are meant for rest and entertainment.
Tip #3: Avoid Distractions
As most of the remote work problems come from the inability to focus, avoiding distractions can change your daily work routine in the right way. So after you create a productive work environment for yourself and have a proper workspace – make sure you always keep it clean and uncluttered. Don’t keep all kinds of distractions on your desk, and you will have fewer temptations to dive into it.
Also, as we all know very well – usually, the main distraction is our smartphones and social media. And you may think – but I used to have my smartphone with me at the office all the time. But what you are missing out on is the fact that there is no one to comment on your behavior. While at home, you will have more freedom and more temptation to use your phone and scroll through social media.
Even if it seems that you don’t use your phone for more than 20 minutes a day, if you would check your screen time, you would be shocked. So to be more productive and get more work done, it is best that you set your phone aside – and use it only on the breaks.
Tip #4: Invest in Tech
If you are planning to be working remotely for quite a while, you need to evaluate that your main work tools are now all kinds of technology devices. Surely, it depends on your work – it might be a camera, but most likely it will be a computer.
And if you are serious about keeping your remote job, maybe it is time to invest in better tech? Especially if you had the same computer for 8 years and can tell it has started to lag. In the long-term, a computer old as this one will waste hours and hours of your time. So, to be more productive and work faster – consider purchasing a new one.