Remote work is on the rise.
Since the pandemic, the majority of office-goers have experienced the remote work lifestyle. With its amazing perks such as flexible routine, quality time with family, zero commute, ability to prioritize health and work etc., remote work is certainly here to stay.
But just like a coin has two sides, remote work has its share of problems too. While there are statistics that prove that remote workers are highly productive, it can be a complete failure if it is not well managed.
Whether you are working from home or a co-working space and trying to adapt to the remote work culture, these 12 PRODUCTIVITY HACKS WILL HELP YOU MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY and stay ahead in the game.
SET A MORNING ROUTINE
Start your day early so you can ease yourself into work without stress. A morning routine, especially if you are a remote worker is vital. You may think of routines as a creativity killer, but sticking to a routine can turn out to be extremely productive. Create a routine that works for you, there are no blueprints here!
Wake up, exercise, make breakfast, drink espresso. Do whatever makes your soul sing.
HAVE AN ORGANIZED WORKSPACE
Without proper infrastructure, it’s impossible to work efficiently and be productive. Designate an area in your home and build a permanent workspace. You could convert a spare bedroom or a corner of your living room into your workspace. Whichever place you choose to work from, make sure you commit to working in this space every day.
This will help you differentiate between your personal and work life and help you decompress at the end of the day.
INVEST IN QUALITY TECHNOLOGY
It’s good to invest in good technology, such as a desktop, laptop, headphones, microphone, webcam to do your job every day.
To ensure that you don’t encounter network issues, we recommend that you get a high-performance router. Check the speed of your computer, invest in hardware and software that you’ll need to do your job efficiently. (Antivirus, Storage Disk, Additional RAM, etc)
SET WORK HOURS
Work-life balance is an important factor while working from home. Your personal life is just as important as your professional life, and this is exactly why you should set your work hours clearly. If you are most productive in the morning, you could have a very early start to the day. Or if you need to get kids to school, the traditional 9-5 would be more convenient.
Use deep focus to zoom through your tasks. This will help you stick to the hours you’ve set for yourself. Make sure you communicate your work hours to your manager and co-workers to avoid any miscommunication.
USE A PLANNER
Remote work is challenging, especially if you are a digital nomad and you’re changing your location from time to time. Making to-do lists and using a planner allows you to be organized and keep track of deadlines, appointments, and meetings.
A planner can also be used to track healthy habits like eating healthy and consuming water throughout the day. Overall, a planner is the cheapest way to hack productivity while working remotely.
DON’T WORK IN YOUR PJs
Tempted to lounge in your PJs and work in them all day? As alluring as this may sound, this is one of the worst productivity killers. Get up, get dressed, and give your brain all the right signals to prepare for an action-packed day!
DON’T WORK IN THE LIVING ROOM
Another temptation while working from home is getting a little comfortable on the couch, and maybe catch an episode of Breaking Bad, whilst also working on a deadline. Resist this temptation with all your might, as this will plummet your productivity and deter you from getting things done.
Stick to your work-space and work timings. After clocking out, use your living room to spend time with family, listen to music or watch a movie.
If you are working with kids at home, make arrangements for them so that you can work with utmost the focus and concentration. Make it clear to neighbors that you work from home and won’t be able to entertain them during the day. Inform your family and friends that you will be engaged with office calls and will be able to take their calls in the evening.
KICK-OUT SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is considered to be a top-level distraction at work according to remote work statistics. Kick it out of your work schedule if you want to boost your productivity. Simply shutting off social media notifications will allow you to stay focused at work and minimize distractions.
KEEP THE COMMUTE
Working remotely, you will probably spend at least 8 hours inside your home. Zero commute is a good thing, but going completely off it can have a negative impact. So get out of the house and go somewhere. Keep the commute alive. Hit the gym, walk to the nearest park, or go to a friend’s place to say a quick hello!
In a traditional office set-up, there is a hierarchical framework that makes work prioritization easier when compared to remote working. Organizing your workflow gets challenging while working remotely and in turn affects your productivity.
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States said: “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important”. The famous Eisenhower box helps us prioritize by doing 4 things – DO, DECIDE, DELEGATE, DELETE.
USE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
Use remote tools for productivity while working from home. They’ll help you kick things up a notch and help you get done more in a short time. Read our detailed post on 20 must-have tools for remote workers and best tools for freelancers.
Working from home is critically important for every business. With more than 38% of companies offering remote work positions, it’s important that we gear up towards this new and rewarding work culture.
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