Remote working has proven to boost productivity, and by reducing the hassle of commuting it’s given the freedom to work from any location and in any attire. However, as alluring as remote opportunities are, staying focused, consistent, and disciplined is a whole different game. Let’s just say it’s not for everybody.
So, having a great work ethic, routine, and direction are necessary to successfully work remotely. Whether you are working for a software development company as a developer or as a remote consultant, you need to have a game-plan, one that would keep you productive, active and focused. Here are our 5 tips:
#1 Have an office space
Having a designated place for work can play a useful role in creating the right atmosphere, away from distractions. Any place other than your work desk is for leisure and pleasure purposes. This takes us to our next priority when working remotely.
#2 Plan your work hours
Taking care of yourself is of utmost importance. Having your day planned with defined work hours can help you manage yourself better. Set a time, something like a 9-5, so once you complete your work, you are free to focus on life outside of work. This tip is crucial because as remote workers, we tend to lose ourselves in a chaotic routine that later affects our physical and mental health.
#3 Set boundaries with colleagues, family, friends and employers
You need to send a clear message to your family and employers as to the times you will not be reach-able, unless there’s an emergency. Dedication and quality work ethics demand this from you.
#4 Build relationships professionally and personally
Typically, ‘relationship-building’ is usually the concern of the office going folk. But, it is an essential element to have a good reputation within the network, which concerns your immediate supervisor, lead, or manager, including teammates. But apart from work, it is crucial to socialize outside of your job, as well. Don’t become a homebody, and lose track of the outside world.
#5 Change the workplace
Working alone has its downsides. For one, having no one around working alongside you can bring the motivational levels down a couple notches. If you feel you need the work atmosphere for a good kick, change your location. There are many shared office spaces for rent or coffee shops where you’ll find fellow digital nomads immersed in their laptops or on business calls. Go where you think is most suitable for your motivation.
Tell us about your tips as a remote worker or manager of remote workers to keep them motivated.