Top Tips for Working Remotely
Remote work has become a new normal for many businesses around the world, particularly through the COVID pandemic as it forced businesses to evolve and adapt to the ‘new normal’. While it comes with a lot of flexibility and freedom, working remotely also has its own set of challenges and it can be hard to stay productive. I know it took me a while to get used to it!
In this blog I’ll give you some tips which have helped me in making the most of my remote work experience.
I have always found it tricky to separate work from home and bringing the work into the home can blur the lines even more and it can feel difficult to separate the two.
I definitely think that having a dedicated workspace can help in doing this, helping me to keep a focus and stay organized throughout the day. This workspace can be a separate room, desk, or even a corner of your living room, anywhere which is comfortable and free from distractions.
I have also found that routine is something which can be hard to incorporate when working remotely, especially without a fixed schedule. I know without one I struggle to stay motivated and productive.
I’ve found that having a routine that I can follow every day to helps me to stay on track… waking up, getting dressed, having breakfast, and starting work at the same time. I hold myself accountable to it, and you can too. You can help yourself to stick to the schedule with alarms and to do lists. By establishing and sticking to a routine, you'll be able to avoid procrastination and keep productivity high!
It is undeniable that technology is a key part of working remotely and it is definitely necessary to stay connected!
Make sure you have access to the right platforms and tools your company uses - you can even ask if you are unsure. Examples of some common tools I’ve used in the past while working remotely is apps like Zoom or Google Meet, and especially software such as Slack or Microsoft Teams.
I’ve found it useful to establish a set work schedule and also communicate it clearly to my friends and family members - just to let them know that during my working hours I would prefer not to be disturbed. Also, when your workday is over, shut down your computer and step away from your workspace! This will help to keep a healthy work life balance and avoid the dreaded burnout…
On the topic of boundaries! It is important to take breaks, this can help you stay fresh, focused, and motivated throughout the day.
I try to take short breaks for a few minutes every couple of hours or so, and a longer break for lunch. I also use that time to stretch, take a walk, or do something that helps you relax and recharge.
I make sure to stay connected to friends, family and colleagues as I’m aware that working remotely can be isolating.
Making an effort to communicate regularly, whether it's through online meeting calls, email, or just texting. You can even make it fun - scheduling virtual coffee breaks with friends!
Working remotely can be fabulous as it is so flexible and save time on commuting, but it can certainly have its challenges! Following some of these tips will help to reduce these more difficult parts of the role.