Top Tips & Hacks for Remote Workers

As more and more businesses move to offering full or part-time remote work opportunities to their staff the number of remote work job vacancies continue to increase.

However, adjusting to life as a remote worker can be more difficult than snagging a job in the first place.  Managing your own work schedule, making sure to keep a good level of separation between work and life (especially if you are working from your home) and staying focussed are just a few of the hurdles to navigate.

Fortunately there are a number of tricks and tools remote workers can use to help. So without further ado, here are our pick of the best.

Top Tips & Hacks for Remote Workers

Dress Code
The thought of being able to roll out of bed straight into your desk chair and spend the day working in your underpants may have been appealing to start with, but it will hold you back.  Get in the habit of getting dressed in ‘work wear’ in the morning, it doesn’t have to be a suit and tie, but give your brain the opportunity to clock this behaviour and switch into work-mode.  Your day will be all the more productive for it.

Limit Distractions
Try and find a room or even just the corner of a room that can be dedicated to working from free of ‘normal life’ distractions such as televisions, laundry and games. Optimise your work space so you have only what you need, such as your computer, printer, writing pad… whatever it may be.

Plan Your Day & Set a Schedule
Just because your work schedule are no longer at the mercy of someone else’s whim it doesn’t mean you no longer need one, it just means that the responsibility falls on you.  Having a solid schedule and sticking to it is one of the most advantageous productivity tips you can take on board, and as a remote worker you now have the flexibility to structure this however you like.  So set a time that you will start work, take breaks and finish for the day… and stick to it.  Don’t let your work time bleed into your ‘me time’, in the long run you will be all the better for it.

Join Remote Worker Communities
More and more communities dedicated to remote worker are springing up. Whether they are online or in real-life, they remote worker communities and be leveraged to aid with networking, sharing ideas and helping to combat the isolation that can often affect many remote workers.  One way to tackle this is to work from a co-working space, this has the advantage of surrounding you with other remote workers as well as helping to define the work/life split and limiting distractions.

Leave the House
If you’re working from home, make sure you put some time aside to get outside and if possible interact with other humans (unfortunately talking to your cat wont cut it). It’s all too easy to get caught up in thinking that your time is better spent doing actual work, but not following this important tip can hinder your productivity and even your mental health.

Use Productivity Tools
There are a wealth of productivity tools out there, in fact if you are working for an organisation they may already have you using one.  Tools such as Asana and Trello can help to organise your tasks within a team, managing milestones, notifications and inter-team queries.  But more basic to-do style applications like Todoist, Taskade and Wunderlist can also be great if you are working by yourself.

 

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