How to actually get stuff done while working remotely

 

Welcome to 2017, where the whole world can be your office. Thanks to flexible working arrangements and quick, readily available internet, you can work pretty much anywhere these days.

 

Which is a great option for people who need to travel for their job, or who enjoy the flexibility of not having to traipse into the office every day. But it’s bad news for anyone who gets distracted easily in coffee shops and who needs to the humming energy of a workstation to keep them on task.

 

But there are a few ways to stay on track when you’re not sitting at your desk.

 

Go top heavy

 

Ask the most successful people in the world to account for their wins, and they’ll answer that they keep their days top heavy. What that means is that they rise early and cram as much as they can into the mornings, when they’re most productive and least likely to get distracted.

 

This is easy to achieve when working remotely, especially when “remotely” means your kitchen table. Set the alarm an hour early and work in your pajamas, with a steaming pot of coffee nearby. It will allow you to power through your work and free up time for a proper lunch hour in the afternoon.

 

Prioritize breaks and fresh air

 

So you know how when you’re in the office you’ll sometimes have the urge to stretch your legs and step out for a coffee or to grab lunch in the fresh air? Don’t ignore this impulse if you’re working from home, remotely, or in a cafe or library. It’s your brain saying that it needs time to decompress and that you need to take a break.

 

Even if you don’t feel like you need to, or if you feel relaxed because you’re not in the office, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to stop and pause. Some studies have argued that for every hour of work a ten minute break is necessary. Take advantage of it.

 

Change up your “office”

 

Routine is great but variety is the spice of life, it’s as true when it comes to working remotely as it is for other scenarios. Don’t always head straight for the kitchen table if that’s your default out-of-office mode. Try working from your favorite, wifi-heavy cafe, the local library or a co-working shared office space.

 

Just don’t work from your bedroom

 

It might seem tempting to sit in the comfort of your bed with your laptop propped up on your legs, but we can guarantee you that is a surefire way to get absolutely no work done whatsoever. Your brain is going to find it harder to switch into work mode when it is comfy, cozy and relaxing in the place you usually do the one thing that has nothing to do with work: sleep. Don’t fall for your bedroom’s wily charms and set up your workstation elsewhere.

 

Know when enough is enough

 

If you’re already at home it can seem hard to switch off at the end of your working day. But remember, quitting time is quitting time, whether you’re in the office or at a cafe. When your work is done, don’t be tempted to throw in a few extra hours just because you’re not commuting. You’ve worked hard, now it’s time to switch off.

 

 

By Hannah-Rose Yee

Source: nypost.com

Posted 2017