Remote Working Tip #2: Tips to Be More Productive Working From Home
In the previous article, we looked at how to get set up to start working from home. Now, we’ll take the next step and look at some things you can put in place to reduce distractions and be more productive in a remote role.
To help create an environment more conducive to your work from home success, follow these tips:
If you typically work in an office, one of the biggest challenges in making the transition to working from home can be setting boundaries. Your family, pets, neighbors and friends may see you at home and assume that means you are free. If you don’t set boundaries from the start, things can unravel quickly.
Set working hours and make sure everyone is aware. During the course of the day, it’s ok to take breaks and spend some time with family. In fact, it’s encouraged. Having you home all day but not being able to talk to you can be very frustrating for your family. So, set aside lunch time to spend some time with them, and stop and connect here and there during brief breaks. As long as you clearly define when you are working, you’ll be able to keep everyone around you happy while still staying productive.
Setting clear goals can help ensure you wrap up important projects and tasks on time. Put goals in place and set deadlines so you have a pre-determined end point. We recommend the SMART goal methodology. Within this frame, you should set goals that are:
This way, you can maintain a focus on the right things and have a system in place to measure the results once complete.
Dedicate Email Time
One habit to avoid is checking email constantly. You may feel that you are missing out by not checking your email, but the problem is if you are constantly checking email, you aren’t working on more important projects.
Set aside specific time internals during the day to check and respond to emails. This way, you can stay focused on important projects and avoid losing momentum. Chat apps can be a great way to stay connected without stopping to read or write long emails. You can set notifications so they pop up on your computer, and you can conduct shorter, more targeted conversations with your team when the need arises.
Take Brief Breaks
At the office, you typically get up and walk around for various reasons throughout the day. A trip to the break room for a snack. Stopping by a colleague’s office to discuss a project. Simply getting up to stretch your legs. When working from home, it’s easy to neglect the need to step away from your workspace now and then.
Getting up, walking around, grabbing a snack – these can all help the blood start flowing and provide a boost to your energy levels. It’s not healthy to sit for 8 hours straight, so be sure to take a walk to the kitchen to grab a snack now and then. Step outside and grab a few minutes of fresh air. You’ll find your energy and productivity both increase as a result.
To some, working from home and avoiding distractions comes easily. Others have a more difficult time separating work and home. These tips should help you make that separation clear and help you be more productive throughout the day.
Anthony serves in the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Granite Creative Group. He is a storyteller, a strategist and eternally a student of marketing. Most recently, he served in leadership roles for a global content marketing agency, a highly regarding institute of higher education, a software company and in the legal world.