Working remotely can be challenging for first-timers, especially when forced to within difficult circumstances. However, here at Wurkr.io, we are a remote-first Co. So, we have come up with a list of our top productivity tips to help any newbies that are struggling.
Experiment with your workspace
Just because you are used to your drab old office doesn’t mean you have to recreate the same experience at home. The main perk of working remotely is the flexibility you have. Add a little excitement to your working day by changing your environment. Maybe take a day to work outside in the garden or anywhere else that takes your fancy. If you are more of a desk dweller, you can always decorate your workspace with photos, postcards or motivational quotes to make the “office” less of an eyesore. By experimenting with your workspace, you will quickly learn where and how you work best.
Rise & Shine
As the days feel as though they are merging into one, the temptation to stay in bed is real at the moment. Regardless of how comfortable your memory foam mattress is, hitting snooze on your morning alarm is not the way forward. Give yourself a wake up time and try sticking to it every day. The commute to your coffee machine won’t be very long now so you’ll still be getting a bit of a lie-in.
Make a to-do list
Giving yourself a manageable list of tasks to do every morning is very important. We all know that there is nothing more satisfying than checking something off your to-do list. So add a little bit of excitement to your day and make a list before you start working. The more digitally savvy amongst us may prefer digital lists, many of which can sync up with all of your devices making it easier to complete tasks no matter where you are that day.
Give yourself a break
Working from home can sometimes make you feel like you are skiving. Do not overcompensate for that feeling by not having breaks. There may be interruptions and things may not go strictly to plan, but don’t let that get you down. Set timers on your phone for your chosen period (30 mins is advisable) and then give yourself a 5 min break. During that time, stretch your legs, make a cup of tea or even put a wash on. When your break time is over, you will be more productive and less sluggish than before.
Having a tough day? Have you been putting off a task on your to-do list? Promise a treat to yourself to stop making tiresome tasks seem endless. When you are done, make yourself that cup of coffee or watch that youtube video. By integrating the things you love into your day, work will seem like less of a chore and more of a choice.
Have a chat
Working remotely can come with its problems. Many workers can feel lonely having lost their midmorning water-cooler gossip sessions. Just because you are at home, does not mean that you have to sacrifice your office culture. Luckily, video workspaces like Wurkr, enable you to have the flexibility of working from home whilst maintaining constant contact with your colleagues. Create your own virtual workspace on Wurkr for free here. wurkr.io
Make the most of it!
Although we are 100% remote, we understand that not everyone will be permanently working from home in the future. So, make the most of it! Use what time you would have been commuting to do the odd jobs you have been putting off for months, work out or simply spending more time with your loved ones.