6 Secrets to Efficient (and Bearable) Remote Working
Being able and allowed to work from home is comfortable and easy for some people, but for others, it presents a different type of challenge than working in the usual office. With these six secret tips, you'll work more efficiently from home and make it more bearable long-term.
Rhythm is important
Even if you work from home or another location, it is important that you keep a 'normal' rhythm. After all, a rhythm is good for mental health. There is a bit more freedom in start and end times, but to stay in your own skin it is not recommended to deviate much from the usual working hours. A regular morning routine is an important part of this!
Try to provide a calm environment
This is of course easier said than done, especially when you have to take into account, for example, children or pets. Try to create a quiet place where you can withdraw, so you can make important phone calls without distractions and work fully focused. Is there a room in the house that you can temporarily turn into an office?
Avoid other distractions
Use apps that limit the use of social media. Prepare meals in advance so that you do not have an unexpected long time in the kitchen during lunch and ensure that you do not always have to deal with household chores that still have to be done at your workplace.
Communicate with your colleagues
Burning questions? Do not underestimate the power of a phone call. Pick up the phone and dial. Make sure that you and your colleagues are on the same page, even if the communication at home is different than usual. This can also extend to utilizing cloud-based project management software to share project progress and centralize documents for streamlined success.
Pretend you're in the office
If you find it difficult to get into work mode at home, it is best to pretend that you are 'just' in the office. Dress neatly, designate a place in your home as your new workplace and separate work from private by working on work-related matters there too. Try to organize your day as you would in the office and make good use of your usual planning tools. The best kept secret here is to get out of your pjs! It does wonders for your brain to experience the flow of a morning routine that involves good hygiene and fresh clothes.
In a full office, you are more likely to get the most out of your breaks. Do you work from home alone? Then really make sure you can distance yourself from work when necessary. Also, try to leave the house every now and then by taking a walk outside or running errands. Keeping yourself active also a great way to keep blood flow to the brain for better focus, so try to get up and move around with consistency throughout the day.
These 6 secret tips for remote working hopefully give you a better idea on what you can improve or add to your daily routines. Let us know, what other tips or secrets to efficient remote working do you have to share? Leave a comment below. We'd love to read them!