Remote work has quickly become part of the “new normal,” due in large part to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As companies increasingly promote remote work, employees must adjust to completing tasks outside of a traditional workspace.
Working remotely is a unique experience. For many employees, it can be difficult to adjust to remote work, and their productivity may suffer. However, there are several things that remote workers can do to stay on course throughout the workday and maximize their productivity, such as:
1. Map Out Your Work Day
One of the biggest benefits of working remotely: you can often break up your workday however you choose. Thus, if you plan for the day ahead, you can get the most value out of the time and resources at your disposal.
It is usually a good idea to wake up and start work around the same time each day. You should also schedule breaks throughout the day, enjoy a healthy lunch, and finish work around the same time each day.
Additionally, it can be beneficial to practice mindfulness activities during your workday. Simple mindfulness activities like deep breathing exercises or even a few minutes of yoga can help you minimize work stress. Perhaps best of all, when you return to work after a mindfulness activity, you may feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle any challenges that come your way.
2. Set Up a Productive Workspace
Find a workspace where you can focus exclusively on the task at hand. This workspace can be anything from a kitchen table to a home office, and it should allow you to avoid distractions and maintain focus throughout the workday.
It may be helpful to experiment with different workspaces in your home. Then, once you find a space that meets your expectations, you can make the space your own.
Keep in mind that a workspace should be conducive to your everyday work tasks, too. For instance, if you regularly host conference calls or video chats, you should find a quiet place in your home where you’ll be well-equipped to conduct these meetings.
3. Keep in Touch with Coworkers and Superiors
Working remotely does not necessarily mean you are working alone. Therefore, if you have concerns or questions about work tasks, you should reach out to your coworkers and superiors as needed. This ensures that you can engage with your peers and get the information you need to complete your tasks.
Along with getting in touch with coworkers and superiors, you should make yourself available to your colleagues as well. Set status updates on instant messaging or team collaboration software, so your coworkers and superiors know when you are available.
Finally, try to avoid stretching yourself too thin when you work remotely. At the end of the workday, turn off your computer and any other work devices, and resist the temptation to check your email. This allows you to wind down, recharge, and prepare to perform your best the next day.
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