Remote working is a form that many prefer over going to the office dressed up all nice on a daily basis. It provides convenience and practicality in many ways it can become impractical if not performed properly.
Given the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote working has become mandatory rather than being optional for many employees out there.
If you are new to the remote work experience, you might want to take into consideration these 13 tips and tricks that we have here for you today.
1. Go For the Right Tools
First and foremost, you need the right equipment in your arsenal for performing remote work duties. Your work will only become frustrating and time-consuming rather than being productive if you ignore their importance.
For instance, a good internet connection can really go a long way as a reliable high-speed internet is definitely the first thing you need at your disposal. Getting access to unlimited internet at home and outside is not a big issue these days. Further important tools you may need include a durable headset, a comfortable chair, a proper work desk, and a few snacks to help you get by during your workday.
You may think that you can get by without the availability of these tools but you wouldn’t be more wrong. A proper headset is important to keep all the distraction away from you while work, while the chair and desk are critical to work effectively as performing your work while lying in bed with your laptop is not that as you might think and finally snacking helps you keep refreshed while you are busy with your workload.
2. Always Stay Connected
To feel the true essence of a proper work environment you must always stay connected to your colleagues via the internet. By doing this, you are avoiding the uncomfortable feeling of isolation. You will be constantly reminded that you are not the only one stuck at home with work, your peers are doing the same things as well.
We suggest resorting to tools such as Zoom, Skype, Basecamp and many others to help you stay connected with your peers. Apart from providing great ease in communicating work-related information, it is also a great way to digitally socialize with your peers.
Being stuck at home does not mean you cannot socialize with your peers anymore. Indulging in the occasional gossip with your office friends over a cup of coffee is still something you can do with the help of these tools.
3. Do Not Underestimate the Power of Communication
This is something that is probably affected the most while you work from home. But it cannot be emphasized enough that you must communicate with your peers as much as you possibly can. Think of it like actually walking over to your colleague’s desk and communicating with them like you would in the office.
Employers and senior personnel must always take it upon themselves to keep the juniors motivated and informed of all the regular updates. Things like doing the occasional check-up call, or sending out an infographic to help deal better with the situation, or information regarding the current project you may be working on is something that must be communicated more than often.
4. Go For a Change of Scenery
It is very important that you get up from your place of work at home and experience a change of scenery. Sitting in front of the screen all day long at the same spot can really start to get frustrating after a little while.
When you are on your break, do not stay in front of the screen streaming YouTube videos or scrolling through social media profiles. Instead, go for a walk in your garden or maybe cook up a quick snack. Anything that gets you up from that room and gets you to a different room for a significant amount of time will do the trick.
5. Organize Your Work and Home Duties
When you are working from home, it is very easy for the home duties and work duties to overlap. You might be busy in a conference call with your peers when the dryer may notify you of the clothes being done.
You have to come up with a schedule that separates your work and home duties from each other. If you do not do so, you will end up compromising on both. So, it is better to do them at separate time slots guaranteeing efficiency in both of them.
6. A Dedicated Work Spot Is a Must
You may be thinking that when you are working from home you will be able to work while you are still in your bed in your pajamas. This habit can cause you to lose serious productivity while you work.
It does not matter whether you are temporarily working from home or that is what you do permanently, having a separate work spot in your home is something you simply cannot ignore. The purpose of doing this is to keep all the distracting things away from you while you work. It does not necessarily have to be a separate room in your home, a proper work desk setup in the corner of your room would suffice.
7. Breaks are Important
Some people try to go with the strategy that they can get all the work done in one go and get off early from their duties. While doing so, they ignore the necessary breaks they need to take while they are working.
No matter what type of work you are doing, taking a break in the middle of it is very important. If you are constantly working without taking a break, a point will come when you will start to compromise on quality in the need for getting it done quickly.
On the other hand, if you utilize a proper break schedule, your work quality will not suffer and you will be less tired and irritated when you are finally free from your work. Even talking half an hour of a break to watch your favorite sitcom would be enough to get you charged back up before you get back to your work.
8. Stretch Your Muscles
Physical fitness is as important as your mental fitness while you work from home. While taking short breaks from work helps you recharge mentally, a small workout or yoga session will help you loosen up the sore muscles you may be getting from sitting in the same posture all day long.
Try to make time for a workout in your schedule on a daily basis. It does not have to be a hardcore workout that gets you reaching for the water bottle near you. A simple yoga session will also be able to relax your body after a tiring day. After all, you wouldn’t want to suffer that irritating backache after sitting in the chair for hours on end.
9. Prioritize Video over Voice
Team calls or an important part of your daily routine when you are working from home. There are numerous things that are needed to be communicated with other team members throughout the day.
It is important that instead of just holding a voice call with them, you go for the option of a video call with your team members. Doing so will better help to create a professional environment. Also, some things rely on facial expressions and hand gestures to help effectively communicate your message, which would only be achieved by a video call.
10. Do Not Overdo Your Breaks
While some may ignore the breaks completely, others do the complete opposite by taking unfair advantage of their breaks. Now that you are in your homes while you work, check and balance form your superiors are significantly reduced.
It is your duty now to not overdo your break times. You may be thinking that you will just check your social media for a minute but before you know it, it will have been over an hour and you will be watching videos of dogs playing tennis on the internet.
You must overcome all your basic desires like the urge to take a nap, play your favorite video game, or chat with your friends for hours, and concentrate on your office duties before the day ends. Once your duties are over, you can spend all the time in these activities you want to.
11. Stay off Social Media during Work
We all know how addicting social media platforms can be. Whether you are at home doing nothing or sitting in a board room in a meeting, you cannot resist to pick up your phones and catch up on the daily gossip on social media.
According to Inc.com, social media is the biggest productivity killer in any work environment. You may not be being monitored while you are in your home, but the amount of work that will pile up while you are scrolling away is only going to stab you in the back when the time comes.
12. Your Apparel Makes a Difference
Many of you may be thinking that now that you do not have to go to the office in the morning every day, you can fire up your laptop and start doing your work in the pajamas you were wearing last night.
An important of doing remote work is also dressing up for the part. Try to get out of the comfy clothes you have been wearing all night and get into something a little tidier that gives you the sense of actually working at home.
According to experts, there is a psychological impact of your dress on your work even when you are working from home. They can even guide you on what to wear and what not to wear while you take on your work duties from your homes.
13. Some Tools That You Might Find Useful
Now that we have let you in on the tricks that you need to use to perform efficient remote work, it is about time that we tell you about some of the tools that will only compliment the way you work remotely.
ProofHub is an online project management platform that you can use to accumulate all your work-related tasks under one roof. Whether you want to assign a certain duty to your employees on the task at hand or wish to convey a simple reminder to them, this is the perfect place for you to do that.
For the task of holding conference calls and team meetings, there is no better place to do so than on Zoom. It is the best platform that you can utilize to help the communication process go smoothly. Built with cross-platform compatibility, this is useful in almost every work environment imaginable.
iii) Google Calendar
Managing your time during remote work is harder than you can imagine. If you do not follow a proper schedule, you are likely to fall back on your work or ignore it completely altogether. Google Calendar is the perfect tool to help you manage your time during remote work. Whether you want to set up a reminder of an upcoming meeting or do not want to forget about getting the groceries, Google Calendar is more than sufficient.
There may be times when you might need assistance from your IT guy while you are working. Explaining the problem you may be having can get quite difficult at times. In times like this, TeamViewer comes in really handy. It grants virtual control of your desktop to a permitted second party who, then, can perform the task you may be having trouble explaining to them.
A Few Final Words
Remote work or not, abiding by these simple tips and tricks can really help you be successful in all forms of work. But given the current situation when remote work is not an option but a necessity, it makes these tips all the more useful for you.
You will realize the difference in your work yourself once you start to make the changes that are advised. Until such a time when it becomes optional again, Happy Remote Working!