How to Be Productive When Working Remotely

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This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Che Gibson.

Although remote jobs have been popular in the past, more people have resorted to working remotely after the onset of the pandemic this year. This no longer comes as a surprise as it offers the benefits of working at your most convenient pace and setup.

However, it comes with some setbacks too. Working remotely brings the challenge of dealing with distractions while maintaining your focus. And the faster you overcome this challenge, the more successful you’ll be in accomplishing your tasks.

Are you working remotely, or do you plan to shift to this work setup soon? You’ll need a lot of discipline to begin with. So to help you navigate the world of remote working successfully, here are some useful tips to guide you.

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4 Productivity Tips When Working Remotely

1. Set Office Hours

Working remotely comes with the flexibility of working according to your desired time. However, it can come with disadvantages too especially when you start to lose track of the things you need to get done. The problem only worsens if eventually you end up failing to meet your deadlines.

You can avoid this by setting your desired work hours and sticking to them religiously. This way, you will be able to establish the time when you’ll be available for your team or clients. It also allows you to be productive while still enjoying your personal time.

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2. Strive to Look Professional

Even when working remotely, you have to maintain a perception of professionalism. You may think that you can dress in whatever attire you want, but this can compromise your image as a professional.

Aside from that, dressing up for work helps build your morale and work mindset. While it may seem unimportant, it can actually enable you to be more productive according to a study.

TIP: Draw a line between how you look when working and when having your personal time in order to create a distinction between your professional and personal life.

3. Equip Yourself with the Right Tools

Face it, there are tools that will be essential to the success of your remote work. Aside from the basic office equipment like an office desk, chair, and your computer, you can also benefit from communication, productivity, and task management tools.

Thanks to technology, there are already lots of available online software that can easily help you shift to a remote work environment. In fact, there are even free tools available for you to download such as Slack, Zoom, and Trello.

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4. Create a Work-Only Space

One of the things that can help maintain your focus at work is the space you’ll use. It will be ideal to designate a space that will serve as your work hub. By doing so, you will be able to train your mind that every time you’re in your workspace, there are things that you have to accomplish and productivity should not be compromised.

In creating your workspace, create an environment that reminds you of what a real office is like. Coworking spaces are also ideal as these shared spaces are often designed to spark creativity, boost energy, and increase productivity–all of which can impact the quality of your work as well as your overall wellness. You will also love how a coworking space can easily provide you with the amenities you’ll usually find in a workplace — thus, making everything you need within reach!

Remember, the success of working remotely lies on your hands. Overcome common setbacks with the above-mentioned tips so you can take advantage of this opportunity and perform better while still enjoying your personal time.

About the Author

Ché O’Donnell-Gibson has worked as a freelancer in the film industry. He owns and manages Alike, a coworking space in Auckland CBD designed to provide freelancers, remote teams, and startups a premium work location that can spark creativity and productivity.