Working remotely presents a number of issues that are not present when going into the office. Being self-motivated is essential as a manager will not be looking over your shoulder to make sure you are being productive. There are positive aspects like the convenience of not having to commute. Flexible employers are likely to let you work during a span of hours rather than having set working hours. The odds are that your employer is simply going to be happy with production being maintained during this transition to remote work. The following are tips to make sure you are just as productive when working remotely as you are when physically in the office.
Don’t Start Working Late
The temptation to sleep late might be too much on certain days. Trying to get into the right routine is important as starting work early means you will finish early. Starting work late and getting distracted could mean you aren’t done with work until well after dinner time. This doesn’t mean you have to get up and start working immediately though. As long as you are working before the time you would arrive in the office, this should be reasonable enough. If you are limited to certain hours you can work then this won’t be a problem as you hours will already be set.
Set a Daily Agenda
There are those people that are self-employed that have to make their own agendas. This becomes far easier when you have personal deadlines as an employee. Being able to sit down and start working immediately allows you to start being productive. Being unsure where to start can cause you to drag tasks out that you can otherwise complete without an issue. You need to set your agenda in a realistic way as you will not be able to get a week’s worth of work done in a single day.
Designate Your Own Home Office
There is a chance that you were recently told that you will be working remotely on a permanent basis. This is a dream for a variety of people that would love to travel while maintaining their current income level. The lack of office for a remote employee can be a disaster as distraction are abundant when working in a common space in the home. You do not need an extra bedroom as you can opt to invest in your own office space that is specifically for your remote work. Monster sheds can be a great option as you can even keep your work-related paperwork in the shed. The additional storage can also be used and all you have to do is run electric out to the shed. Do not allow your days of work to be interrupted for unimportant reasons. You might find that you are far more productive at home than you were in the office.
Working from home is going to take an adjustment period. Use the tips above to ensure that your production doesn’t dip and your employer doesn’t rethink their remote employees policy.