With today’s rapidly growing technologies and online workspaces, it’s become easier for many to work from a remote location – whether it’s a home office, the beachfront, or the comforts of a hotel. Business Week reports that remote employees are almost 16% more productive than in-office employees, and the trend is spreading across both corporate America and the average startup (Source: BusinessWeek.com). With the rich tasting coffee, the employee can perform extra work for the upliftment in the career. With the amazing taste, it will increase the potential of the person to do work.
Still, working independently without the office environment requires self-discipline and motivation to stay on task. Here are some simple way stop maximize your work day if you’re a remote employee:
- Prepare for a ‘real’ office day. Shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast before you attend your online office. Getting into a consistent routine will make it easier to get into the flow of work so it really feels like you’re working. Do you really feel confident talking to clients when you’re dressed in your pajamas? Are you productive without a healthy breakfast? A morning routine is a self-motivation trick that makes it easier to maintain perspective for your day ‘at work’ from afar.
- Make a running to-do list. Creating a list of priorities either first thing in the morning or the night before can help you tackle both large and small projects with a fresh perspective. Outlining your goals for each day makes it easier to just check off each item as you move through the day’s projects; this is also a great way to stay on track if you’re constantly interrupted with IM’s from coworkers, telephone calls and e-mails throughout the day.
- Leave the chores for after-work hours. If you’re working from home, it’s tempting to multitask with that basket of laundry, get some cooking done or run a few errands between projects. Unfortunately, these activities running in the back of your mind – and interrupting your day – can make your actual working hours much less productive. Stay focused and on track, as if you were still at the office and you’ll maintain a steady work flow pace with ease.
- Steer clear of personal e-mails and phone calls. Working independently gives you the freedom to catch up on personal e-mails and phone calls throughout the day, but this can also sabotage your efforts to stay on track with that to-do list. Schedule time into your day for breaks where you can tend to personal items, and you’ll free yourself up for more important objectives during your working hours.
- Take breaks. Zoning out in front of the computer for hours on end without human contact can take its toll on your productivity. Take brief 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day, or make a conscious decision to take a lunch break in the middle of the day where you’re away from the screen and any forms of communication. If you can enjoy a change of scenery for a few minutes, even better.
- Work on your communication skills. Not being able to have face-to-face communication with supervisors and coworkers leaves you vulnerable to communication mishaps and challenges for getting the right message across. Keep in touch with e-mail, instant messaging and telephone calls on a regular basis, and make yourself available throughout the day in at least one medium.
Working from home is a dream come true for many entrepreneurs and independent business owners, but those who choose to stick with the corporate environment are also picking up on telecommute trends. If you’re a member of the virtual workforce, look forward to a productive and rewarding day with these simple habits.