Even though more and more people were working from home already, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything and increased the numbers of people working from home even more.
Working from home has its benefits and disadvantages. Looking from one side, you save time because you do not need to travel to work and back and you work in a calm environment.
However, sometimes it may be difficult to cope, find motivation, and avoid miscommunication. Therefore, in today’s article, we are going to share some productivity tips for remote workers.
Tip #1: Plan Your Day
It does not matter that you no longer work from the office; you still need to plan your time and tasks. In addition, it is more important to plan your tasks while working from home because it is easy to start slacking off.
To help you with your planning, choose a task planning tool or use a Google Calendar. In fact, Google Calendar has a lot of advantages; for example, if you choose to use it, make sure to learn how to share google calendar with your colleagues.
Tip #2: Maintain Work and Life Balance
When working remotely, it is possible that you will start slacking off because you will lack motivation or feel too much freedom. However, there are also a lot of people who are working too much and losing their sense of a work-life balance.
The easiest way to keep up with a healthy work-life balance is setting regular hours when you work and when you rest. This will both help find the motivation to work and motivation to rest.
Tip #3: Dedicate a Space for Work
Dedicating a space at your home for work and work only is important to help you focus. First of all, if you used to work in an office, your brain now understands the home space as a place meant for rest and will struggle to find the motivation to accomplish the daily work tasks.
Also, avoid working from bed or other rest spots at your home because it will confuse your brain, and you might even end up having insomnia.
Tip #4: Keep Your Phone Away
Many managers are noticing the dropping productivity of their teams because when people work from home, they feel more freedom since no one is watching them, and no one will ever know that they have spent half of the workday playing games on their phone or chatting with their friends.
If you want to increase your productivity and aim for better results, then do yourself a favor and put your phone away when you are working. However, if you use the same phone for personal matters and work, then at least turn off social media notifications to avoid distractions.
Tip #5: Choose an Effective Group Communication Tool
For those who have been working in an office for years and have a habit of discussing the matters of new tasks, new projects, and occurring problems personally, online communication might be stressful.
The main thing to have in mind is that you will need to over-communicate in order to avoid miscommunication and embarrassing misunderstandings. To ensure effective communication between your team members and successful onboarding of new team members, look for a good group communication tool, such as Slack.
Tip #6: Plan a Morning Routine
If you do not have strict work hours and you can wake up whenever you want, it may be hard to find the motivation to wake up at all, especially in these difficult times of a worldwide pandemic when a lot of people are feeling stressed and anxious.
Therefore, planning a morning routine can help you both find the motivation to wake up and form a healthy habit that will help you with your productivity.
Tip #7: Plan Break Time
While working remotely, there is a type of people that take way too many breaks and the type of people who forget about breaks at all. However, it is important that you take a break once in a while, not because you can but because it will give your brain a chance to rest and be more productive.
Also, focusing on something else for ten minutes will also let you maintain a better focus on your main tasks. More to it, it is not healthy for your eyes to be staring at the computer’s screen the whole day; thus, breaks are crucial for your health.