How to stay productive while working remotely

Staying productive while working remotely can be difficult. It can be hard to get into the right headspace and be as productive as possible. The great news is there are many ways you can overcome this. Here are our top tips for being productive while working remotely.

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Create your work space to suit you

1. Your work space should reflect a working environment that best suits you.

If you get distracted easily by the things around you, make sure you keep your desk and work space clear of excess paper and stationary. If you prefer information to be easily accessible, give yourself plenty of wall space around your work area so that you can hang up tips or bits of information. Make sure your work space suits the way you work as this will make you more productive in the long run.

2. Separate work from home by having a designated working area.

Try to avoid working on your kitchen table or couch. By having a specific study or work space, you can keep your working life and your home life separate. By working somewhere that is not designated for work, the lines can easily become blurred and distractions can occur. To successfully achieve work/life balance it is better to keep them separate. 

3. Change the environment you work in.

When working remotely, you have the flexibility to work from any location you want. Use that flexibility to change the scenery when you're stuck on a task. Head to a café or park to get a new perspective and reset your mind. Avoid just moving around your house as this will prevent you from separating your work and home life.

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Daily routines are important

4. Start your day as if you're going to work.

Creating a morning routine will get you in the right mindset to start your working day. Get dressed, have breakfast and start your working day at a designated time. Having this routine will help you start working each day and make sure you're more productive.

5. Structure your day as if you're at work.

Set yourself break and lunch times and don’t let yourself take lots of short breaks. Stepping away from your desk too often will take your mind away from your work. Every time your mind is brought away from your work it takes time to get back into it. By minimising this you can be much more productive.

6. End your day on time.

Don’t work overtime unless it's unavoidable. You have the upper hand over everyone who has to travel home from work before seeing their family or friends. Don’t waste this time by working more than you need to. Enjoy the flexibility and work/life balance that working remotely provides you.

7. Create a daily 'to do' list.

It can be hard to keep track of your tasks when you’re not in an office surrounded by your team. You can overcome this by learning to prioritise your tasks and creating a daily 'to do' list. This will help you stay on track and stay motivated. 

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Communication is key

8. Remember to communicate with your team on a regular basis.

Keeping in regular contact with your team will also help you keep on track with your tasks. Communication and collaboration is an important part of business. Making sure you keep in regular contact with your team members means you'll all stay on the same page and on the right track. Remember that web and teleconferencing are great options for collaborating.

9. Meet with your team in person once a month.

Meeting with your team and having a catch-up meeting once a month to evaluate your goals and achievements is a great way to check in with your team, stay productive and keep your work on track. By making sure your goals are always aligned with your team, your work will be more productive for the business.

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Dealing with distractions

10. Avoid the distraction of social media.

Remove the social media bookmarks on your web browser and keep your phone in your drawer. Removing these visual reminders will help you avoid getting lost in the never-ending world of cat videos and memes, making you more productive.

11. Make sure your family know your working hours.

Be clear on the hours you work each day to avoid distractions from your family. Try coming up with a plan so that your family knows when you are working and when you are on a break. Something as simple as keeping the door to your work space closed while you work or leaving a note by the door will let your family know when you're available to talk.

By following these 11 tips your productivity will skyrocket. Remember that while staying focused when working remotely can be hard, these tips should make it easier to stay on track.

Need some more productivity tips? Read our blog prioritisation techniques that will make you more organised.

Last updated on August 25, 2017 15:48

Melinda Vaelioja

Written by Melinda Vaelioja