Since the pandemic’s start, many more people have been working from home than ever before. This unprecedented situation has raised issues that weren’t anticipated. Many employees want to continue working remotely, which puts both employers and employees in uncharted territory.Here are some tips for #remote #employees to help them become more productive. Click To Tweet
Set up a designated workspace
Working from your bed or a couch may be tempting, but this is not viable long-term. Whether it’s a separate room or a separate space, you need an area you instantly associate with work. It helps to have a room where you can close the door to give you the distraction-free zone you need.
Make sure your office chair is comfortable and supports your back. Stock your workspace with the necessary supplies and equipment so you don’t waste time searching when you want something. Some simple storage solutions like shelves with baskets can ensure your desk remains tidy. Try to sit near a window so you get enough natural light, and add a plant or two to bring nature into the space.
Minimizing distractions can help you to stay productive when working from home.
- Clearly state the times when interruptions are not acceptable from household members. Wearing headphones can be a clear signal that you are not available.
- Don’t have your email inbox constantly in view, as any new messages can be a distraction. Rather designate specific times to check emails.
- Remove social platforms from your bookmarks and log out of all your accounts until after work.
- Disable alerts and notifications on your phone.
The distraction of your computer or equipment not working can waste valuable time. Ensure your computer has the latest software and doesn’t face those problems that make it slow or unproductive. Ensuring the smooth operation of all your tools enhances your productivity.
Make a schedule and stick to it
- Try to get up at the same time you would have done to go to work and follow a normal morning routine. Without the commute, you may even be able to fit in an exercise session before you start work.
- Take a few minutes every day to plan your goals for the day and the week. A whiteboard can help you stay on track and accomplish your goals.
- It can be easy to lose track of time when working remotely, so it’s helpful to use some time management tools and techniques.
- Your mind and body need time to recharge. Scheduling in planned breaks will help to increase your productivity. Take 5 to 10-minute breaks throughout the day. Try to get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and walk around to get your blood circulating. Take a lunch break instead of eating at your desk.
The American Psychological Association summarized research into multitasking and concluded that shifting between tasks can cost you up to 40% of productive time. Multitasking may consist of reading material during meetings or trying to listen to voicemail while reading emails.
Paying attention exclusively to one task at a time will make you more efficient. One tip is to maximize your computer windows to hide distractions.
Find what works for you
You might consider waking up an hour earlier to have more time to get work done while the house is quiet. Make a cup of tea and start dealing with emails while the rest of the family is still asleep. This could prevent you from having to work after hours.
On the other hand, you may find you work best in the evening and enjoy taking some time during the day to be with family. You need to do what works best for you and enables you to meet all your deadlines without suffering from burnout.
Working remotely can be challenging unless you have a designated workspace, avoid distractions and follow a schedule. You need to find what works for you to get the most out of your work day. You may even find your productivity levels increase when working from home.