10 REMOTE WORK TIPS GUARANTEED TO WORK FOR YOU!
So you’ve convinced your boss to let you work remotely, or you’ve landed a new remote job due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak - now what? Whether you are excited or nervous about working remotely, there are some unique challenges to face as you start figuring out your new remote work life. After experimenting with remote work for a while now, I’ve learned a great deal along the way and have funneled those experiences into 10 most effective remote work hacks. I’m pretty sure if you build these simple tricks into your routine, you will have a smooth transition, maintain productivity, and enjoy this new way of work to the fullest.
1. Designate a workspace
It is easier to stay mentally focused if you designate a specific area to get work done. That could be a home office or some other dedicated area that offers privacy. If you can find a spot that provides a lot of natural light, even better. Also, if you will be making video calls while working remotely, make sure you have a background that you won’t mind having others see.
2. Don’t lose your sense of style (get dressed)
Working remotely, especially from home, does not mean you give up on those stylish work outfits. Get out of your pajamas and throw on that Ankara pencil skirt you’ve been dying to wear. Hey, I’m not judging. It doesn’t need to be a pantsuit, just put on something that isn’t what you wore to bed. I learned that comfy bedclothes have a tendency of making you feel too relaxed almost to the point where you would fall asleep behind the PC. Work attire will do wonders for your mind and will get your brain out of relaxing mode and into work mode.
3. Create a comfortable environment
Make sure you have the right equipment so you can be efficient and productive with the work output. This includes a reliable computer and high-speed Internet connection. Make your workspace is as comfortable as possible. After all, you will be spending quite a bit of time there.
4. Set boundaries
It's essential to set boundaries when working remotely, especially if you have a spouse, children, and pets all in close quarters. Give your family signals as to when to leave you alone. For example, when the door is closed, that means that you do not want to be disturbed. You can also post a schedule outside of your work area for all to follow. It is quite okay to take frequent short breaks to play with your little ones.
5. Maintain a consistent routine
Set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it. Try to wake up at the same time every day and treat weekdays just as you did before when you were reporting to work from Monday to Friday. For many of us, the morning is when we have the most energy and get the most out of our day so try to complete many difficult tasks as early in the day as you can.
6. Sufficient Communication
Because you are not in an office where people can see you, communication is more critical when working remotely. Communicate frequently with your boss and know what's expected of you. Make sure you are easily accessible when they need to reach you.
7. Stay connected with colleagues
It’s better to actually speak to another human being, so make some phone calls to check in with people. Video conferencing with colleagues while working remotely helps fight isolation while enhancing team unity and productivity.
8. Take breaks
Working remotely is challenging because it's easy to lose track of time and taking breaks is even more critical. So, pull yourself away from the computer from time to time, even if it’s for a few minutes. Your eyes and bum will also thank you.
9. Make time for physical and creative activities
Go outside for some fresh air or to take a walk when you can. Anything that gets you out of the house and around other people on a regular basis is a good idea when you’re working remotely. If you’re not an introvert, isolating yourself all week long is a way to burn out quickly. And even introverts benefit from getting out and seeing other people on a regular basis. Remember to observe social distancing protocol.
10. Find your “productivity playlist”
Working in a completely silent space can make you feel super isolated sometimes. With that said, some music (or other background noise) may not be as conducive to working as others. For me, music keeps me in a good mood while working. Overplayed pop music from the 90s can get my brain going. You might prefer movie soundtracks without any lyrics or nature sounds. I’d probably stay away from horror music sounds, though.
Be sure to check out my article on “My Experience Working Remotely as a Digital Marketer.” You’ll find out some important points I shared to help you get ready for the remote job market and increase your productivity, and more.
At KUSI Consulting, we understand the challenges you or your staff are facing with remote work. We have created a flexible remote work policy along with a training and coaching service to guide you on your remote work journey.