Today, working remotely is becoming more and more important. Especially in the challenging times, we’re facing at the moment. Remote working is crucial for a business to keep functioning as best as it can. Companies who have never practised remote working will need to adapt as quickly as they can.
Working remotely increases productivity and creates a better lifestyle, many studies prove this. I myself have tested this theory many times. As a digital marketer, I can work from wherever. Not only from home but from another country or another space outside of the office, like a coffee shop. It’s all about finding a routine that works for you so you can provide the best work to your clients or your company.
Working remotely exposes you to a new and different environment you’re used to. This boosts your creativity and inspires a different way of thinking. It’s all about surrounding yourself with something new that’ll inspire your innovative thinking. It also takes you out of your comfort zone- a dead end to your creative thinking. You need to be “out there” to think this way. It also helps better your lifestyle, saves you time (no more traffic!) and it works out more affordable for the company too.
You will need the tools that will allow you to work from anywhere in the world and there are plenty of them out there. Some of my favourite tools are:
These allow you to share live documents with your team, clients or company.
Are both brilliant tools to stay in touch with your team. have remote conference calls/meetings and keep up to date with important tasks for the week. It’s like a company WhatsApp on steroids ;).
Tips on working remotely
Creating a routine is the #1 priority/tip you’ll need. You’re not on holiday, so you need to know how to discipline yourself. If you don’t know-how, you’ll need to teach yourself how to. I’m going to give you a few tips on what to include in your daily WFH routine.
- Stick to your normal working hours
- Take your lunch breaks, tea breaks and check on the kids (for those who have ;)). Or have remote chats with a co-worker (It’s still business as usual so do what you’d normally do)
- Find a space in your home to set up your “at home work station”. I prefer my bed and my desk stand. Everyone is different. So your bed might not be your most productive space but it’s definitely mine. I do limit my “in bed work time”. But I’ll talk more about my specific routine in another blog post.
- Make your daily schedule known to those who are with you at home so they know when not to disturb or distract you. It’s important to let them know when you’re working to avoid any distractions.
- Communication is key! Checkin with your team during your work hours. Don’t ghost them ;). Provide status updates where need be. Keep sharing your favourite memes to keep the laughs going. We like to call it physical distancing, we still need to socialise, we need to use online tools to do so instead.
- Ask yourself, “what makes me stay focused when I’m at the office”. If it’s listening to music while working, then do this while you’re working from a different space too. It’s all about finding what works best for your productivity and creativity.
- At the end of your workday, write down any unfinished tasks or new tasks you’ll be focusing on the next day. This helps to put your mind at ease after a long day! It also helps you identify how productive you were. It’s also perfect planning for another productive day ahead.
How have you been coping with working from home? Let me know if you have any questions about remote working in the comments, I’ll be glad to answer them 🙂