In today’s fast-paced, globalized world, the demand for remote workers is on the rise. In fact, a 2017 study found that almost 40% of employees in the US work remotely at least occasionally. This post will explore 10 best practices for successful remote working!
[Best Practice #] Work from a fixed location. Some people think that working remotely means never having to leave your pajamas, but that’s not the case at all! Set up an office space in your home or somewhere else where you can consistently go when you’re working out of the house. This will help keep distractions down and make it easier for coworkers to find you if they need something.
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[Best Practice #] Get a reliable internet connection. One of the most important things when working remotely is having a strong, consistent WiFi signal that won’t cut out or slow to an excruciating crawl in the middle of your workday. Investing in good equipment and making sure you have access to high-speed data at all times will be worth it for both productivity and peace of mind.
[Best Practice #] Stay focused with noise cancelling headphones. Just like physical distractions can make staying on task difficult, so do auditory ones which is why investing in some quality noise cancelling headphones can go a long way towards helping you stay productive! It’s also easier than ever to find them in any price range, so take a look and see what best fits your needs.
[Best Practice #] Decide on the time zone you want to work in. Working remotely can be tough if not everyone is following the same schedule! If you’re trying to maintain an overlap with another office or team like this it’s important that both sides are working off of the same clock which means deciding on one central timezone for all employees and sticking with it as much as possible. This might seem daunting at first but don’t worry – we’ll talk more about how to make sure this goes smoothly later on!
[Best Practice #] Consider setting up a VPN connection when using public networks such as coffee shops or libraries. If you’re trying to keep your work private or secure, it’s a good idea to set up a VPN so that there is an encrypted connection between the device and the network.
[Best Practice #] Have at least one reliable internet service provider (ISP). Before settling into any contract with an ISP make sure they have excellent customer service, knowledgeable staff, and most importantly – consistent high quality speeds! There are some out there who can provide low-costs but they don’t offer anything close when it comes to performance. As remote workers we want our time spent working to be as effective as possible because after all this hard work only benefits us if we get results for ourselves in return.
[Best Practice #] Consider
-All remote workers should have a dedicated space for work
-Prioritize and delegate tasks to make the most out of your time
-Communicate with co-workers regularly, but don’t overdo it!
-Set boundaries to avoid distractions from home life or anything else that might distract you. Check email only at designated times. Take breaks when needed. Work in blocks of time instead of constantly checking up on things as they come up. Keep this one hour rule: once an hour spend 30 minutes doing focused work followed by 15 minute break away from screen where you do something enjoyable like reading or meditating before going back into work mode again..
-“Take frequent walking meetings.” Regularly take short walks during the day with co-workers, to brainstorm ideas or get work done.
-“Establish boundaries.” Set “do not disturb” times on your calendar when you need some privacy and uninterrupted time for focused work. Dedicate a specific space in the office where people know they are not allowed to interrupt meetings. Use headphones if needed.
-“Use a dual monitor setup.” A screen for work and another one on the side or in front of you to browse social media, read emails, check out your favorite blog site. Dedicate time slots when it’s okay to look at other screens instead of always transitioning back and forth between them all day long.
– “Track what works best for you.” Figure out what kind of schedule is optimum – some people prefer working every morning from eight until noon before taking an afternoon break while others like starting their weekday routine after lunch with several hours together followed by a few more in the evening. Experiment with different options until you find something that suits you well enough that it doesn’t feel exhausting anymore.
– “Get your hands dirty with the work.” When you’re working from home, it’s common to feel like all of your duties are being taken care for by someone else. Since this is not always true, try and do some of the tasks that would normally be done in an office setting while at home so as to avoid feeling guilty or overworked.
– “Take advantage of what works well with remote jobs.” You don’t have a day job anymore – make sure to use that time wisely! Instead of sitting around watching TV after dinner every night, start doing something valuable such as going on hikes or reading novels before bedtime instead.
– “Create boundaries when necessary.” It can be difficult if there isn’t anyone around who understands how hard it can be to work from home. Make sure you are setting boundaries for yourself so that you’re not working all hours of the day and night.
– “Make a plan.” It’s very easy to get carried away with your newfound freedom, but make sure you have a plan in place when it comes to what days and time frames you want available for family obligations as well as other social events. As long as everyone is aware of this ahead of time, there won’t be any problems come Monday morning because someone missed their football game or Saturday brunch date at grandma’s house!
– “Take care of yourself!” Working remotely can take its toll on people who don’t know how, which is why it’s important to try out many different methods of staying healthy!
– “Be sure to take breaks!” Working from home is still work, so make sure you’re taking the time to rest your eyes and stretch. This will help prevent a lot of physical problems down the road as well as mental strain when it comes to sustaining focus for long periods of time.
– “Stay social.” If there’s one thing we’ve learned from living in this digital age, it’s that human connection is very important even if you feel like everyone lives on their phone all day. Make an effort every now and then to get out into nature or meet up with some friends over dinner – both great activities while working remotely!
After reading these practices, I’m sure you’ll find that remote work isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s a lifestyle change, after all! But if done right, the benefits are worth it and your company will benefit from having more productive employees who don’t have to worry about being in an office every day. – “Stay social.” If there’s one thing we’ve learned from living in this digital age, it’s that human connection is very important even if you feel like everyone lives on their phone all day. Make an effort every now and then to get out into nature or meet up with some friends over dinner – both great activities while working remotely! In order for us humans to be happy (more than just surviving