04 May How to Boost Your Efficiency While Working Remotely
It’s not just the extroverts who are challenging with working remotely these days. As one of the main flatten-the-curve policies is social distancing, we all have become mandatory telecommuters. For it all happened so abruptly, we may not have had the chance to prepare for such circumstances. Thus, many of us haven’t still gotten used to working remotely. Although shifting to our home offices has so many advantages, it can sometimes be bothering. For instance, we’re all aware of office noises, like “Hey, this is Jack’s last day at work. Come and eat some cake!” while you’re deeply focused on a task! We were all used to those kinds of noises, but now we have to deal with new types of distractions that we haven’t gotten enough practice dealing with before!
Now, let us give you some glad tidings! Working remotely can be fun and efficient at the same time. You just have to know the tricks to make it as pleasant and productive as possible. So, if you’re interested in increasing your efficiency and passing these days with more satisfaction, keep reading this article.
Have a Rhythm
How? Set a regular schedule: take a shower, get dressed, have your breakfast and get ready to start your work day. Remember, this should run through your whole day. For instance, set your lunch break or even devote time to getting some fresh air.
Schedule your breaks and make sure your day has a clear start and end.
Make a Plan and Stick to It
To achieve working purposefully, simply make a to-do list for each day. This way, you know in advance what you should do every day. Add or cross items off the list. There’s no feeling better than seeing all those tasks ticked. The satisfying feeling of achievement keeps you encouraged for the days yet to come.
Do Not Forget to Have a Break Every 30 Minutes
This does not mean you can nap every 30 minutes or you can check social media for a long time. This is a break for you to boost your energy for the next 30 minutes. Meanwhile, let your body relax, get some fresh air, or you can even take a short walk in the house or in the yard (if you’re provided with one). This would help you freshen your mind. You can also massage your neck and shoulders to prevent possible pain. Spoil yourself with some good music, a mouthwatering piece of cake and a cup of coffee.
Create a Productive, Separate Workspace for Yourself
The biggest mistake you can make is mix your leisure space with your workspace. Designate a specific place, spot, or room in your house and design it however works best for you. You may need to paint it a soothing colour or adorn it with some plants or art crafts to make it a more relaxing area. But remember, don’t go too far. There might be enough distractions at your home; you don’t want to add anymore!
It’s also better to work in a well-lighted place, natural light preferrably. However, some people might find working in darker places more effective. Do it in anyway that works better for you.
Moreover, have everything you need to get your work done easily at hand. You don’t want to waste time looking for your most needed stuff.
Protect Your Workspace
Talk to your family members or roommates about your working schedule to prevent any interruption during your important meetings, or while you’re video chatting with a client or your boss. You don’t want your boss to think you’re not taking the job seriously while working remotely.
Moreover, due to different reasons you may need to keep your social distance from your own family members too. If you’re not sure about it, you can take a look at this article in case you need to take any necessary precautions. And please take this matter seriously!
Limit Media Consumption
It’s okay to check social media every 30 minutes. We were all used to taking a look at our timeline or home page at work for a minute or two! However, as a telecommuter, you might find social media more tempting. Spending time on social media may take longer than usual and no one is here to warn you! Remind yourself of your responsibilities and hold yourself accountable. Take sticking to your plans more seriously for you own sake. You don’t want to lose your job at this time of economic crisis. You could always remove links from your browser shortcuts and log out of tempting accounts.
To sum up, you have to practice being organised, otherwise you’ll find working remotely rather struggling. Look at it as a chance to improve your self-discipline. We live in a world with so many surprises every day. So, we have no choice but to adapt ourselves to any upcoming situation. Remember, this is how evolution worked in the first place. If you’ve tried any other tricks that helped you work more efficiently from home, don’t hesitate to comment it here. Everybody’s experience matters at this time!