For many, remote work is a dream come true. Just imagine working from the comfort of your home in your pyjamas, not worrying about commuting, or even the state of your hair. Cool, right?
As promising as this is, a lack of productivity with work might occur – one of the arguments against remote work.
If you are a remote worker and want to be more productive, here are 10 tips to achieve that:
1. Have a workspace:
Our minds associate places with tasks. For example, our beds have been associated with rest and sleep. Having a space designated to work will help your productivity by reducing distractions.
2. Set work hours:
This helps plan your day and gives you time to do other activities. Besides, it is a good way for setting work targets.
Pro tip: If you live with your family, inform them about your work schedule so that they know when you are available to help with chores and other tasks.
3. Stick to your work hours:
It’s easy to spend more time working than you should when working remotely; it’s not healthy and could lead to burn-outs.
Therefore, make it clear to your employers or clients about your work hours so they know when they should expect feedback.
4. Have a to-do list of tasks to accomplish during work hours:
This helps measure your productivity and ensure you don’t skip tasks. In addition, this list is best made the day before. You can make it using a pen and paper, or apps like Trello.
5. Take breaks:
In between tasks, ensure you take a break. For instance, you can go for a walk, watch a short YouTube video, call a friend. This helps refresh your mind and boost productivity.
6. Take days off:
Equally important is taking a day or two (it doesn’t have to be the weekend) off work. First, it keeps you well-rested. Second, it rejuvenates you for workdays. Moreover, it gives you time for self improvement.
7. Invest in the right equipment:
For example, things like a good chair, table, WiFi, noise-cancelling headphones can’t be underemphasized. You might have to invest in these things to get the most results from working remotely.
8. Have a routine:
Apart from setting work hours, having a routine will help get you settled and prepared for work. For example, your routine may include Bible study, prayer, having a bath, drinking a cup of coffee, talking to someone important before you begin work. It helps kick-start your day.
Physical inactivity is a characteristic of remote working so prevent this, ensure to include exercise in your daily routine too.Apart from setting work hours, having a routine will help get you settled and prepared for work. For example, your routine may include Bible study, prayer, having a bath, drinking a cup of coffee, and talking to someone important. Click To Tweet
10. Break your big tasks into smaller ones:
This helps to demystify the amount of work to tackle. In fact, it motivates you to do the tasks swiftly thereby giving you a sense of accomplishment.
Furthermore, spoil yourself after a long day’s work as a reward for accomplishing your tasks. You will find it quite motivating as you go about your daily tasks. Besides, it’s a good round off for the day’s work.
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Written by: Durojaiye Oluwatamilore.