When it comes to working remote, there are just as many benefits as there are setbacks. One of the main benefits with remote workers is the ability to have a flexible schedule -- working from wherever you want, at whatever time you want. Although a flexible schedule is generally preferred, there will always be the potential of a few setbacks. Lack of structure and decrease in social interaction can have a harmful effect on an individuals daily productivity levels. Luckily, there are several ways to remain productive while working remotely, and we’ve listed our top five.
One of the main setbacks of being a remote worker is the lack of social interaction. Too often do we get stuck in the home office, sometimes the same room we sleep in, isolated and alone. This is why it’s hugely important for remote workers to join a coworking space, even if it’s just down the road. At WorkClub, we provide access to a range of coworking spaces across London, giving members the power to work from anywhere. With both free and paid membership options, we invite entrepreneurs and remote workers of all varieties to work with us.
Give your day some structure and make a schedule for your daily task-list + goals. We suggest finding a digital calendar you love because, as we all know, life as a remote worker can be hectic. With a digital calendar, meetings, calls, tasks, etc can be changed with just the click of a button. The beauty of keeping a calendar? Scheduling in breaks for yourself. Getting out of your workspace and taking an hour or so to clear your head is a great way to boost energy levels for the afternoon ahead.
Just because you work remotely, does not mean that you should always be in work mode. This can be one of the most challenging tasks for remote workers as the world continues to become increasingly connected. Though you will receive emails and notifications at any hour, it’s important to develop a habit of setting a time when you officially “log off” for the remainder of the night.
When the line between work and life begins to blur, you might find your eyes stuck to your computer screen for longer hours at a time. While long hours in front of the computer might be necessary at times, it’s equally important to take some personal time as well. Commit to your fitness routine and make sure you have daily ‘blocks’ for personal time where you can indulge in a healthy snack.
One of the best ways for remote workers to stay happy, healthy, and productive is to get enough sleep. Easier said than done, right? It’s important to determine a consistent sleep schedule that works seamlessly with your work schedule. Work backwards from the daily amount of hours you need and figure out when you need to set your alarm for in the morning. Ease out of your workday with your favorite book and a fresh cup of herbal tea.