Remote working culture has grabbed the eyes of many companies and many of them are working to leverage this methodology to get hold of many seasoned specialist. Notably, the morale and overall result of work has risen due to increased freedom, yet by responsible employees.
Apart from remote working, Work from home is also one culture that companies have been employing for a long time. Some people think that working from home is a perfect excuse for not working at all. I guess they don’t like their job much. Working from home is something that allows us to get work done faster and better.
If your job is writing, drawing or creating something, you need a good amount of that kind of freedom in order to be creative in the long run. Best articles are born in silence that’s because you are completely relaxed, knowing nobody would bother you. It’s the opposite of sitting stiffly in one place in the office like big corporations require. And that’s what working remotely gives you. You just have to manage it wisely.
Here are some ideas to make your working from home more efficient.
1 – Plan your routine
It’s important to define your everyday routine and manage it. You can do it through trial and error to find out what works best for you. Do you work better in the morning, in the afternoon or at night? Are you more like Winston Churchill who worked from his bed a few hours after waking up or like Obama who jumps off the bed to hit the gym first thing in the morning?
But not every day looks the same. I think it’s important to make your routine flexible, so when something else comes up, you can easily change your schedule.
2 – Make use of distraction free zone
Unless you have your own room with “do not disturb” sign on the door in the office, you will face a lot of distractions. People walk in and walk out. They eat their food at their desks (I do too, but that obviously doesn’t bother me), they talk, joke, listen to music you might personally not like. It all makes it hard to focus.
Working remotely allows you to get rid of distractions. Focus on your work and nothing else. A deep focus that you achieve in silence can do wonders to your working process, especially if you do creative things.
But what about your flatmates or people pinging you on Facebook or Slack? I can say it’s all about positive communication, but to make it all work, you need to set up boundaries for people around you.
3 – Set up boundaries
When you work, you work. If you have a partner at home, he or she needs to understand that you can’t do their laundry or cook a quick lunch. Because you’re at work!
Make everyone understand that just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you’re available for everyone.
What you can do is set up strict hours for focused work without distractions. Your roommates and teammates need to respect that.
4 – Plan work ahead
Do you know what is my trick to make the work easier in the morning?
Preparing for it the day before.
For example, you have tasks like recruiting people or looking for event sponsors. Prepare a list of people who you need to call and leave 2 or 3 of them for the next day. This way you won’t have any excuse to start your day with procrastination.
5 – Do not dissociate from your team
If you work remotely, it’s important to have a stable Internet connection. After all, your boss doesn’t want to hear excuses like – I couldn’t work because I had no Internet. That’s not an excuse nowadays. Besides, working remotely doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. You can obviously work from coffee shops and other places you like best.
I have to admit, when I work in the morning from home, I don’t really bother answering people in Slack, because that’s my writing time and I will protect it. But also whenever I’m not in my writing flow state, I don’t make a big deal of answering my teammates.
I respond to people, so they know I’m still there. After all, we are a team and we should never forget that unity means strength.