Remote work is here to stay— and for millions of Americans, that means finding new ways to remain productive outside of the office.
Since the pandemic, there has been a drastic change in how we work. Typically, a small population of the workforce, primarily freelancers, contractors, and self-employed individuals, utilized remote work. However, when stay-at-home orders were put in place and companies temporarily closed their offices, remote work became the new normal. While this was thought to be a temporary solution, many individuals embraced the change and wish to remain remote. Even as companies return to work, approximately 25-35% of workers are still working remotely, and there is no sign that this trend will stop.
One of the top concerns of employees and employers alike regarding remote work is productivity, but the good news is there are easy ways to set individuals up for success. Here are five easy ways remote workers can maximize their productivity.
- Invest in high-quality technology and equipment.
Remote work requires a dependency on technology, and when it is not functioning properly, it is hard to remain productive. Invest in high-quality technology and office equipment, such as high-speed internet, multiple computer monitors, a comfortable chair, and a large desk to ensure you have what you need to remain productive.
- Build work breaks into your daily schedule.
When working from an office, it is much easier to take breaks. You get up from your desk and walk around the office, visit your colleagues, grab a snack from the breakroom, etc. However, it can be hard to remember to take a break when working remotely. Working for hours straight without taking a break does not help your productivity. Set reminders on your phone or work calendar to take short breaks throughout your workday where you can get up, move around, and refocus.
- Establish boundaries.
Boundaries are essential to separating work and home life and maintaining a healthy and productive balance. Start by setting a definitive start and end time for your workday. This helps your family and coworkers know when you will be available, which will help limit distractions, keep you from overworking, and help you work more efficiently.
- Stick to a routine.
Structure is essential to staying on task. Working remotely means you now have more flexibility in your schedule; however, you should implement a daily routine to help increase your motivation. Start with setting a time to begin your workday. Before your workday starts, get ready as you would when you went to the office, such as showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast, walking your dog, or grabbing coffee.
- Work from a designated office space.
Keeping away from distractions is one of the best ways to remain productive. This can be hard to achieve when working remotely, especially if you are working from home. Instead of working from anywhere (such as your couch or kitchen table), create a designated office space. Utilize a spare room in your home or take over the corner of your living room. Whatever space you choose, set it as an office with a desk, chair, and any equipment you need.
If you want to increase your productivity even more, consider a coworking space. Coworking spaces are shared office spaces that provide you with a dedicated workspace away from your home. Not only does this offer a change of scenery, but it can also help limit your distractions, provide you with additional networking opportunities, and much more.
If you are a remote worker in the Jacksonville area and looking to increase your productivity, consider Convergence JAX Coworking. Our modern, shared office space is conveniently located on the Southside of Jacksonville, close to Baymeadows and just minutes off US 1. With diverse workspace options, flexible rates, and ample amenities, we have what you need to succeed while working remotely. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see how we can meet your needs.