Bored? Here's 10 Tips To Stay Productive While Working Remotely
In the past, working from home seemed like the dream – no commute, no boss, no worries.
At least, that’s what we all thought until we all tried working remotely for ourselves. At WhiteSky Labs, our remote teams have been successfully implementing large projects for over 5 years; we are proud to be a trusted partner for providing independent consulting for MuleSoft digital integration services globally.
Are you a little lost in light of the Coronavirus disruption? Do you know a colleague who has never worked at home? Procrastinating? Here’s 10 helpful tips that can actually make a difference to your productivity:
1. Get dressed
Yes, you could work in your dressing gown but an appropriate attire will put you in the right mindset for a productive day.
2. Organise your work zone
Don’t work on the sofa, on the bed, in the bath, on the beach – no matter how much you want to be a digital nomad, working in a designated seperate workspace is healthy and productive. When it’s time to stop work, you can leave your new office behind closed doors.
3. Start and finish at reasonable times
Stick to your normal working hours. Stay switched on from 9-5:30 as though your boss is sitting opposite. Check in regularly with your managers to let them know what you’re working on.
4. Do your conference calls face-to-face
Avoid hiding behind your initials in video calls. Enabling the camera adds a more personal touch – turn yours on first to encourage others. Communicating openly with your colleagues and customers is essential for anybody working remotely.
5. Take frequent physical breaks
Get up and stretch those legs. Allow yourself to switch off on your well earned tea break, but try to avoid distractions. Unless you are isolated for clinical reasons, it’s important to get some fresh air. Get a coffee, go for a walk, have an alfresco lunch. Then remember to wash your hands.
6. Capture your ideas
Use a whiteboard, journal, phone, sticky notes. Making a note of meeting actions is essential (Google Keep is one of our favourites).
7. Get a good sleep
Even though you are not commuting tomorrow, Netflix can be your enemy as well as your friend.
8. Try not to let others impede too much
Whoever you live with (family, young children, housemates, pets) openly communicate on how you wish to use shared areas in your home during office hours.
9. Limit your access to social media during work hours
One of the biggest distractions of working remotely (and life in general) can be social media. Try turning off notifications for your major vices to reduce temptation.
10. Listen to music
To any avoid long periods of silence, we find listening to new music or your old favourites helps maintain positivity.
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