Effective Remote Work
In contemporary times, when technology offers great solutions, remote work becomes more and more popular. Many people, especially those who start their career, decide to become freelancers and work from home, which is often their own office. Also, companies and entrepreneurs are more keen on hiring remote employees since they often comply with business’ requirements and expectations. Sometimes it is even easier to find a remote worker, in a completely different part of the world, with the proper professional profile.
The research shows that: “83 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at their workplace and 22 percent did some or all of their work at home.” And the number of people working at home is constantly growing.
However, remote work doesn’t always mean better work. Beside finding the work-life balance, it is important to know how to work effectively. Especially when you’re a remote worker. Sometimes you may be buried under different projects or simply not know how to organize your time.
Make Your Remote Work Effective
It seems that being a remote employee is an easy task. But it has many challenges, like any other type of work. Being effective is one of them. While some may be champions at it, others may be struggling with their productivity. Today we present 5 highly effective tips for remote workers.
Get Up Early
Getting up early is the first thing you should remember about when you work remotely. It is easy to give up t to the conviction that you don’t have to get up early because you don’t have to commute to work, take a bus or be stuck in a traffic. So you may think you can spend that time on sleeping. And this belief is a killer to your productivity. The more you sleep, the fewer things you get done. Eventually, you will fall into the routine of getting up late and doing less work. As a result, you won’t achieve the best outcomes. Think about it next time when you set up your alarm clock.
Prioritize And Organize
It is good to set clear goals for every day, week, month, and even year! When you know what you need to do, your work is smooth and much more productive. Additionally, when you organize your tasks and projects, you can easily prioritize, do the most important things first, and then the rest.
A.A. Milne said, “organizing is what you do before you do something”.
Use to-do-lists, sticky notes, calendar. Create a timetable and stick to it no matter what. You will soon see improvement in your work. Of course, you can work without any time, schedule, and projects’ organization but it may be more difficult if you work from home. And that’s because there’s always something to be done at home. So don’t waste your time and set a clear agenda for the next couple days!
Fall in Love With Technology
All guests of TimeCamp’s podcast, Stay on Top of Your Work, emphasize how important technology is. And let’s not forget that remote work is possible thanks to technology. That’s why you should embrace it, particularly since it’s important to stay on top of your work.
Technology enables to work faster and more productively. Thus, make use of a variety of tools and software to make your remote work easier. There are plenty to choose from but you shouldn’t forget about the basic ones such as time tracking software, to-do lists, accounting software, online calendars, clouds to store your content, etc.
Organize Your Workspace
If you work from home, you know that almost every part of your apartment is your office. And sometimes you may get sick of your own bed, sofa, or any other place you work in. It’s really easy to get crazy when working from home. And having an organized workspace is the solution which can save your life.
It’s easy to stay in pajamas all day, lie under the blanket with a cup of coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other. But it doesn’t make your work easier as you get lazy and are prone to procrastinate. The most important aspect of remote work is the ability to separate your private life from work (at least to some extent).
Create a well-organized workspace, either a room or a desk. Get a comfy chair and all the equipment that you need during your work. Make that space your personal work bubble where nothing else happens but work.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of a remote work. If you don’t communicate, you don’t know what’s happening in the company you’re an employee at. Also, you may not know what are the goals and expectations towards your work. There are many tools which improve communication and you should definitely try them, for example, Slack, Skype, Appear.in, or ezTalks.
Communication also makes it possible for you to stay updated with the latest news from the world of business. It allows you to meet new people and find out more about what’s happening around
To Sum Up
Even though remote work may seem comfortable, it’s a real challenge to face all the inconveniencies and threats connected with unproductivity. But if you implement these 5 tips into your life, it will be much easier to reach better performance and chieve all your goals.