9 Tips for Working Remotely
Tips and best practices to help you maximize your productivity and well-being while working remotely.
Remote work practices can vary based on individual preferences and job requirements. It offers flexibility and freedom, allowing you to customize your work environment and routine. However, it’s important to find a routine and set of strategies that work best for you and align with your specific work style and goals.
Here are my suggestions on remote work tips and best practices, so you can optimize your productivity and well-being while working remotely.
Tip 1: Have Your Own Dedicated Workspace
Set up your own work area that is free from distractions. Having a separate workspace helps you focus so you can conquer mountains of tasks while maintaining a work-life balance.
In your workspace, make sure to have the right equipment for the job. Having a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse is so worth it. Ask your employer whether they would provide those if you know there’s a possibility.
Tip 2: Stick to a Routine
Master the art of routine! Set specific work hours and take regular breaks to recharge. A routine helps maintain structure and discipline, ensuring that you allocate time for work, self-care, and personal activities.
Tip 3: Dress for Success
Ah, the joys of remote work attire! While remote work allows for a more relaxed outfit, getting dressed as if you were going to the office can help put you in a professional mindset and increase productivity by putting you in work mode. It also helps separate home and work life.
Tip 4: Stay Connected
Be a social butterfly! Embrace the wonders of video conferencing, instant messaging, and email to maintain regular communication with your team and colleagues. Actively participate in virtual team meetings and seek opportunities to connect with your coworkers, foster collaboration, and have a sense of belonging. A virtual water cooler!
Tip 5: Set Clear Goals and Priorities
Establish clear goals and prioritize tasks to stay focused and organized. Break down those colossal projects into bite-sized, manageable chunks so you can complete them with ease.
Tip 6: Minimize Distractions
Identify and reduce those pesky distractions in your work environment. Turn off notifications on your phone, use website blockers to limit access to social media, or create boundaries with family members or roommates.
Tip 7: Practice Time Management
Work smarter, not harder! Use time management techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique (working in focused bursts with short breaks) or time blocking to improve productivity. Also, use time management tools to organize your time wisely and complete tasks.
Tip 8: Take a Break
Give your mind a little R&R by scheduling regular breaks throughout the day. Step away from your workspace and stretch those limbs, take a walk to explore new horizons (even if it’s just around the block), munch on a healthy snack/take a coffee break, or practice mindfulness to Zen out.
Tip 9: Get Out of the House
Working from home has its appeal—quiet surroundings, stable internet, and a comfortable home office setup. However, dedicating a portion of your workday, or even a day or two a week (like a hybrid workplace), to working from a coffee shop or, better yet, a coworking space like Piloto 151, can significantly benefit your mental health and offer a refreshing change. They can also serve as a refuge from the distractions of home. You can even invite another remote worker for a chat and a break from the house.