Whoever thinks remote employees have got it easy they are wrong. Home offices contain more distractions than any regular office in the world, which makes it almost impossible for them to focus. That is why you, as a remote worker, need various practices and techniques to help you organize yourself better. Here is what we suggest.
Stick to a Schedule
Remote work is most known for its flexibility. Instead of having a fixed and strict schedule, employees create their own. On the one hand, employees can successfully juggle work and private life. On the other, they miss some kind of structure in their workday. Lack of structure makes it easier for them to procrastinate and slack. If you want to organize yourself better, you will have to come up with a schedule and stick to it. Decide at what time you start and finish work every day. Since you can be flexible, make sure your working hours align with the time of the day when you feel most focused and productive. Aligning these two will help you go through your work duties and responsibilities faster than usual.
Connect with Coworkers
If you want to keep things under control at work, you have to first connect with your coworkers. They are the people that know what you are going through the best. In them, you have a strong support network. You can ask them for help, guidance, information, or simply anything you need to know about the company or work assignments. Together, you form a team that helps the company grow. For this reason, you have to know each other well. By communicating better at work, you become closer and grow as a team. Even though you work from different locations, you can still connect and communicate through intranet systems. This way you can interact daily, share information, and stay on top of things in the workplace.
Have you ever skipped a gym workout because the client emailed you and needs a report done yesterday? Most remote employees have been in the same or similar situation more than once. Those days are gone. Physical and mental health should be your top priority not work. Therefore, make time during the day to exercise and relax. You can always find an hour in your busy schedule for some me-time. You owe it to your body. Workouts, yoga, Pilates are all great ways not only to blow off some steam after work but also to stay fit and healthy. After a workout, you will feel fresh, energized, and ready to tackle any challenge you face in the virtual workplace.
Chances are you have an unevenly distributed workload day in day out. Some days, you are drowning in work. Others, you finish work early and have extra time to spend with family and friends. You never know what to expect when you log on to the virtual workplace. Whether your workload is heavy or light, it doesn’t matter. You have to be organized no matter what. To stay organized, you can make to-do lists and set priorities at the same time. Both actions demand a realistic approach. You, better than anyone, know what you are capable of. Therefore, don’t take or note down more tasks than you can complete in a day. More importantly, don’t forget to tick a task off the list when you complete it. The ticking action is meaningless, but it makes you realize how much you have accomplished in a day so you can feel proud of your organizational skills.
Set Rules for Family Members
Most remote workers share a household with their families or friends. Their activities during employees’ working hours can be distracting. All the more so if the home office is set in a communal space such as the living room or the kitchen. To stay organized while working from home, you can set rules for your family members. For instance, when they see you sitting behind your desk, it means you are working, so they shouldn’t disturb you unless there is an emergency. If you are having a video conference, your kids should stay in their rooms for as long as the meeting lasts, instead of jumping around and screaming. Setting rules will help you stay organized and productive throughout your working hours.
Switch Off Work and Unwind
When you start working from home, you no longer have boundaries between your work and private life. All of a sudden, boundaries are all blurry and almost non-existent. Without boundaries, you can easily get stressed out and frustrated trying to manage it all. To stay calm and healthy, you should set boundaries yourself. After you finish all your work for the day, you should switch off and unwind. For example, participate in family activities or pursue other interests and hobbies. Whatever you do, don’t check your phone for new emails or calls from work. Try to immerse yourself in activities and make the most out of the moments spent with your family. Work can wait.
All in all, employees don’t have it easy when it comes to remote work. Their new work environments are full of distractions, so they lose focus. Luckily to them, they can get back on track with our effective tips and tricks.