How to Stay Productive while Working Remotely

The concept of working remotely is not entirely new. Many people have been doing that for years in all types of careers. However, in most cases, employees are accustomed to work one day/week at home, if at all. After the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many organizations required all employees to start working remotely, or started working at half capacity in office spaces, while the other half works remotely.

If you are experiencing full-time remote work for the first time, you may find it much harder than you thought. You will probably find it much harder to stay focused and avoid the endless distractions. Now that you are on your own, you may find yourself struggling a bit to stay productive. Here are five some tips to set yourself up for success.

  1. Embrace the different dynamics of working from home. Avoid trying to mirror your office tempo and practices, instead try to embrace that you will need to create new productive patterns that fit your new situation.
  2. Set your own schedule and stick to it.  Create a daily to do list of all the tasks you need to finish. Schedule each task and how much time you need to finalize and cross tasks off the list as you go.
  3. Create a separate workspace. If you live alone, it is a lot easier to dedicate an area of your home to be your workspace. However, if you live with family, having a home office is not always possible. Try to find an area that you can work from without interruption. Preferably, your workspace is different from where you normally hangout, in order to be able to leave work behind once you are done.
  4. Reach out to co-workers, leaders and customers. It is easy to get pulled into the bliss or misery of isolation, depending on your social preferences. Do not depend on people to contact you. If you do not have a cause for regular engagement, you can simply schedule a weekly reminder to reach out with an email or call.
  5. Give yourself breaks. You would be surprised by how easily you can go from getting distracted by everything to having working non-stop for hours at a time. It’s necessary to get up and get some air. Schedule time to go grab lunch. Most importantly, schedule a stop time.

We urge you to stay home, stay safe.

 

 

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