Since the pandemic started, the surge in employers allowing remote work has been apparent not just locally but on an international scale. A 2020 survey shows that remote workers in the U.S. drastically increased from 17 percent to 44 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic. This setup is deemed to benefit both companies and their employees as they stay connected while maintaining each and everyone’s safety.
But while others find convenience from this, not every employee could easily acclimate to this type of work setup. Spending a huge amount of time and effort trying to figure out how to adapt to these changes could be mentally and physically taxing, which could eventually affect one’s overall productivity in the long run. But fret not because in this article, we will share with you effective techniques to stay productive.
6 Tips to Boost Your Productivity in Remote Work
To help you stay efficient, here are some strategies to boost your productivity level in a remote work setup.
1. Plan your day ahead of time.
Starting your day without a clear vision of what you want to accomplish could affect your working pace. Having a vision board, or writing down your “to-dos” on a planner or a calendar can keep you on track of your daily tasks. This would give you a sense of urgency and would motivate you to be more productive throughout the day.
2. Stick to a regular schedule.
Just like when working on-site, work-life balance should still be maintained by employees even while working remotely. While this setup encourages workers to have flexible working hours, following a regular schedule would still help them to have time to unplug and do activities that are not related to work. For example, you can work for nine hours straight (including breaks), and spend the rest of the day with your family, or go to the gym. For those who prefer working at night, you can set your working hours by evening and take a rest as soon as you finish your shift so that you can still be productive by noon.
3. Look for learning opportunities online.
Despite the imposed restrictions in holding face-to-face events, organizations may still conduct corporate virtual events like webinars, conferences, expos, and fairs. Instead of spending long hours scrolling through social media, make good use of your time and attend these online events while enjoying your lunch break. Participating in these events doesn’t just make you productive but you can use these to upgrade your resume.
4. Work in conducive spaces.
As fashion designer Cynthia Rowley once said, “If you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.” In fact, a 2013 study suggests that a clean, well-organized workspace can increase the degree of worker accuracy, while a messy environment results in a decline, conceivably provoked by stress and distraction. May it be a private office or a co-working space, making a vibrant workspace can be a job in itself, but achieving it could yield a positive effect on your work performance and overall productivity.
5. Suit yourself with a time management technique of your choice.
Time management is very essential in boosting one’s productivity. However, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. What works for others may not work for you, that’s why you first have to figure out what kind of time management style you possess. Are you the type to always miss the deadline? Do you have issues in following a schedule? Do you tend to procrastinate? Or do you go all out and make a habit of disregarding breaks? Knowing where you lack the most is key to knowing the perfect technique that would suit best for you. Once you get a hang of it, you will most likely get everything done by the end of your shift.
6. Take a break.
When faced with an overwhelming amount of workload to finish, you might think of not taking breaks with the fear of not being able to accomplish your tasks throughout the day. While this is a plausible reason, ditching your breaks is not very efficient. Just as green businesses exist to help in alleviating our planet’s stress from innumerable environmental problems, taking breaks does the same to our bodies. Constantly taking breaks while working helps increase your body’s energy levels over time, enabling you to work longer hours and boost your productivity.
Since working remotely usually gives you the freedom to choose when to take breaks, you must utilize this free time to do other things aside from work—may it be going outside for a quick jog, listening to music, or reading a chapter from a book. Such activities stimulate happy hormones, guaranteed to make you feel less stressed, and more energized while working.
There’s always fun in trying something new, and getting used to remote working may take time before one could find joy in it. And hey! You don’t always have to boost your productivity. Keep in mind that slow progress is still progress. There will always be days where you would feel less motivated, and that’s totally fine! You don’t have to be too hard on yourself. Self-care is a key to better productivity after all.
About the Author
Kat is a Molecular Biology Scientist turned Growth Marketing Scientist. During her free time, she loves to write articles that will bring delight, empower women, and spark the business mind. She loves to bake but unfortunately, baking doesn’t love her back. She has many things in her arsenal and writing is one of her passion projects.