9 Remote Work Tips to Increase Productivity and Happiness

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Working from home has become increasingly become the norm over the last two years. Most professionals are finding themselves no longer commuting to the office but instead, logging on to their computers remotely. In fact, 46% of companies plan to allow remote work permanently. I mean, why not? Employees are happy and businesses get to save expenses. It’s a win-win!

Companies with permanent remote work

Whether this is a new concept or something you’ve been doing for years, it can be hard to get into a productive head space when you’re working from home. I’ve been working remotely for most of my career so I’ve learned the pros and cons first-hand.

Keep reading to learn remote working tips that will boost your productivity and keep you sane while being inside all day!

1. Get Dressed Appropriately

Although it might seem like getting out of your PJs and into work clothes isn’t necessary when you’re at home, this simple step can help set the tone for a productive day and will also prevent you from feeling too relaxed.

Woody Harrelson PJs

I love dressing business casual because it’s my personal style and makes me feel more professional. Think about it like this: subconsciously we put on comfortable clothing to relax or sleep. If you’re wearing that during the day, you won’t be in the proper headspace. Throw on some jeans or something and you’ll see for yourself!

2. Set Goals For Each Workday

Having clear goals for the day is essential for staying on track and will prevent unnecessary distractions from creeping up on you. Make sure that you have objectives that are achievable and easily measurable so that you can stay encouraged and motivated throughout the day. It’s proven that those who set actionable steps for their goals achieve 40% more.

Depending on your job, you might also work with tools like Jira, Asana, Monday, etc. If not, incorporate time management tools like these to get more done and record your tasks for performance reports.

Example of Asana
Example of Asana.

3. Structure Your Daily and Weekly Routine

Establishing a daily routine helps keep productivity levels high; plan out each hour of the day with tasks or activities that need to be done—this doesn’t necessarily mean sticking rigidly to this plan (for example, if inspiration strikes outside of these hours!), but it gives an anchor point to come back to during breaks or even when starting over after lunchtime.

I highly recommend learning about and implementing time blocking. This is where you assign chunks of time to specific tasks, so that you’re not constantly jumping around from one thing to another. This method also avoids wasting time if you find yourself getting lost in distractions or procrastinating on certain tasks.

Time blocking example by Zapier

4. Designate a Workspace

It is important not to let your workspace become your living space; designate an area of your house that becomes dedicated solely to work, coupled with having the right equipment is essential in boosting motivation levels while working remotely—problems such as poor lighting, uncomfortable chairs, and monitors being placed at wrong heights should all be taken into consideration!

This is another reason I suggest investing in a coworking membership. These are entrepreneurial spaces where you can rent a desk, office, and other workspaces. I’ve noticed I’m more productive when I’m out of the house, and I get to meet other like-minded people.

Coworking businesses on Google
Example of coworking Google listings.

5. Take Breaks

Working from home presents ample opportunity to take breaks during the day as opposed to traditional offices where colleagues may discourage taking “regular” breaks. I suggest you take regular breaks away from computers/screens for 10 minutes every hour or so throughout the day. Studies have discovered that the most productive people work 52 minutes and take a 17 minute break. Rinse and repeat!

6. Leverage Work Resources

A lot of people aren’t very resourceful. No matter where you are, they are probably things for you to use that you don’t. For example, we’re talking about remote work tips. Check if your employer has a work-from-home stipend to fund a computer, desk, and other items. Or, ask if they can send you a laptop, monitor, and other essentails. These are just a couple of examples of resources that you may have access to!

7. Reach out When You Need Help

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your team or manager if you need help with a task or feel stuck. Reaching out for help will save you time in the long run, and it can be a great way to build relationships with colleagues. I’ve been working remotely for most of my career so I know it’s easy to be in your own bubble. However, take the initiative to reach out to your manager or coworkers any time you have questions or need help with tasks and projects. It builds relationships and helps you get more work done.

8. Participate in Remote Work Events

Many teams and companies that have switched to remote work set up virtual meetings for employees. Take the time to attend these meetings and participate in discussions. It creates a sense of camaraderie, helps you stay connected with your team, and also provides an opportunity for networking with other professionals in the industry.

These events can be great resources for learning new techniques or finding solutions to challenges you may be facing. Attend virtual seminars or webinars related to your field of work and take advantage of any other professional development opportunities available!

9. Get rid of distractions

Staying focused and productive while working remotely can be difficult, but it is not impossible. The first step is to make sure you are minimizing distractions as much as possible. Try turning off all notifications from your phone and emails, set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it, and make sure your workspace is free of clutter. By removing those elements that distract you, you’ll be able to focus more clearly on the tasks at hand.

Jack Nicholson The Shining

Summarizing today’s remote work tips

Thinking of working remotely or already do? Making the most out of your remote position is key to improving productivity and job satisfaction. Some of the main remote work tips I have are:

  1. Dress the part. You’d be surprised by the difference it makes.
  2. Designate a workspace that allows you to focus.
  3. Take regular breaks so you don’t burn out.
  4. Leverage work resources you have available.
  5. Reach out for help when you need it.
  6. Participate in remote work events to build relationships.
  7. Get rid of distractions like social media.

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