Remote Working: How to Boost Productivity
Remote working is on the rise, as it has been estimated that half of the UK workforce will work remotely by 2020. Not only is it an effective way for businesses to reduce overheads, but it can provide busy professionals with more of a work-life balance, as it can make it easier to juggle their career and family obligations.
Of course, working from home can cause an employee to become a little bit distracted by other members of the family, the TV, or browsing the internet. If you’re a remote worker, find out how to boost productivity.
Write a To-Do List
A to-do list will provide you with a focus for the day ahead, so you will know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it. Before you tackle your list, though, make sure to do one easy task first, so that you feel a sense of accomplishment. Then, make sure you do the hardest tasks afterwards, rather than procrastinate.
If you are struggling with a task, you might be tempted to turn on the TV, call a friend, or browse social media as a means of procrastination. If so, you must eliminate the distractions that are detracting your attention from a project. For example, turn off electronic devices and only make phone calls during a scheduled break or lunch hour, so you can focus on ticking an important task off your checklist. Make sure you have a designated office space, where there’s no TV. If you can work well with music, then allow yourself a radio.
Start Hot Desking
If you want to increase your focus and productivity, hot desking at The Brew can be the perfect solution for a freelancer, telecommuter, or entrepreneur. Not only will it provide a space to work hard and progress in your career, but you’ll also be able to mix with fellow members to chat, collaborate, and share ideas. It will also provide a professional place for telecommuters to host important meetings, and to learn from business seminars and workshops.
Organise Your Workspace
No-one wants to work on a messy, dirty desk. Increase your focus by decluttering your work environment, so you will feel more mentally motivated to complete a task. Ensure your desk is well organised, clean and spacious to declutter your mind by keeping paperwork in a need pile or filed away, and having all pens and pencils kept in a holder.
Go for a Walk
It doesn’t matter if you work at home or in a co-working space, you should schedule time to go for a walk to stretch your legs, clear your head, and increase your motivation. A half-hour walk can reduce distractions later in the day and can burn off restless energy, and you will return to your desk with more focus and determination.
Dress to Impress
It might be difficult to take your job seriously if you are sitting in your pyjamas at 2pm. Dressing professionally at home or at a co-working space will make you feel more powerful and confident, and can change your mindset when approaching a task. This is especially important if you take regular phone calls, as you will convey more confidence when talking to your employer, colleagues or clients, meaning it could improve your performance.