With so many new gadgets and coffee shops popping up everywhere, it’s no surprise that remote work is becoming more and more popular. At first glance, working remotely seems like the best thing since sliced bread. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. When working remotely, you are much more prone to distractions and procrastination. Sure, you don’t have to talk to your boss face-to-face and you can probably spend the entire day in a onesie, but that also makes it easier for your energy and motivation to run low. Here are a few tried and true tips to make the most of your day working remotely!
Get comfortable, but not too comfortable
It’s hard to fight the temptation to work from the comfort of your bed all day, but sleep would come way too quickly if that happened (we know this from experience). Just like how achieving the right work-life balance is difficult but necessary, there’s a fine line between how comfortable you can get before starting to nod off, so sitting on a firmer surface or working while standing will keep you awake and productive.
Have everything you need nearby
There’s nothing worse than getting knee deep in a project and halfway through, realizing that you have to go back to the office to look for your laptop charger. Make sure you have your whole setup ready to go — kind of like a mini office away from your office! What are some of your office staples? For us it’s our noise cancelling headphones and unnecessarily large monitors 🙂 It’s different for everyone, but it’s important that you create a work environment at your “home office” that allows you to be as if not more effective than when you are in the office.
Get rid of temptations
You know what they say, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it…or you can get rid of anything that causes temptation. It’s harder to resist eating a donut than just not having the donut there to tempt you in the first place. Try out sites like SelfControl or ColdTurkey that block social media outlets and other websites that can serve as distractions.
Remember to take short breaks
This may come as a surprise to some, but people are typically more active working in the office than they are working remotely. How, you ask? Commuting, walking to the copy machine, grabbing lunch from the food truck outside — these are all things that you don’t have to do when you’re at home. So instead of sitting in the same chair in the same position for the entire day, whiling away at your laptop, remember to take short breaks throughout the day to stay energized, focused, and productive. And if you happen to have a dog, it’s the perfect chance to pop Fido out of the house for his daily exercise.
Take advantage of having flexible hours
One of the best things about working remotely is that you can wake up whenever and start working whenever (sort of). If you’re a morning person, you can get a head start on your day and get cracking before the sun even rises. And if you’re a night owl, you may prefer to work through the night and then catch up on your beauty sleep in the morning to recharge! If you really want to have at it and find your peak productivity hours, take some time to track your performance over a few weeks. But remember — as long as you keep up the good work, your boss won’t care when you’re getting your work done.
What are some of the tricks you have for staying productive when working remotely? Share them in the comments section!