When working from home there are several benefits such as flexibility, no lengthy commutes, or getting stuck in the dreaded traffic jams. But having this luxury also brings different difficulties. To get on the right track here are some become pointers on how to have a better remote work year.
1. Maintain Regular Hours
Try your best to follow set working hours. Having clear start and end times for when to work and when to call it a day helps many who are working remotely maintain a healthy work-life balance. Due to working and staying at home, this can be one of the more challenging parts of working remotely as you are always connected to the internet.
Although messages and emails may come in at any hour, it’s crucial to develop a habit of “logging off” for the day. The best part of this flexibility is working during your high productivity hours, so be careful about setting expectations of being available 24/7.
2. Create a Morning Routine
Without the walk and commute, or taking the elevator up to your office, there is no indication that you are heading into work. Setting a morning routine in replacement of that such as making a cup of coffee, returning home after a jog or getting dressed in office clothes. A small routine can help in big ways to get your day started.
A good way is to say “good morning” to your team, this not only gets you going but it may give your colleague’s a nice start as well.
3. Schedule Breaks
Knowing when to take a break is much needed especially after being engrossed in work for three hours straight or being in meetings all morning. Give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from all screens, computer and your phone.
Don’t cut short your time during breaks, especially during lunch. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, take a walk or relax somewhere else for another 20. Coming back refreshed and re-energised is crucial to take on the rest of the day.
4. Keep a Dedicated Office Space
In an ideal world, there would be not only a dedicated office space, there are also two computers. One for work and another for personal use. But not everyone has two computers let alone a separate office space. As an alternative, dedicate a desk and some peripherals that are solely for work purposes.
Having a desk only for work in the corner of a room is better than nothing. Once it becomes habitual, it’ll become second nature to leave work at that desk when you are done. Keeping work material out of your bedroom, will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.” backed by The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard. If you are working from bed, falling asleep will be much more difficult as your brain will think you’re in the workplace.
5. Socialise with colleagues
When working remotely, common issues that arise are loneliness, disconnect and isolation, even more so if you are an extrovert. Being proactive in nurturing relationships is a practical way to handle this. For example, making full use of chat channels where employees can have water cooler conversations or essentially topics not related to work.
In an effort to be connected with your colleagues, remember to celebrate your achievements and progress you made in the past week. When everyone is not in office it can be difficult for managers to keep track or notice your work, so be brave to mention these important wins on your own.
The best thing you can do is to identify when are your most productive hours whether that’s in the morning or evening. Above all, being productive goes further in the long run with mindful self-care or you risk burning out.