With the COVID pandemic, remote working has increased exponentially. It can be great working from the comfort of your home, but it also introduces some new problems. While you’re at your workplace there’s a lot more pressure and reason to get your work done. However, if you’re working from home, it can be hard to motivate yourself to work when you don’t have those same pressures or people around you that expect you to get things done. If you have an idea of how to push yourself, and how to take advantage of the benefits of working from home, then you’ll be in a better position to stay productive.

Sitting Around at HomeMan on virtual meeting waving at the screen

Naturally, everyone feels more comfortable in their own home. Remote working can be a great way to relieve some of the stress you might feel at work, but on the flipside, that stress is also good for pushing you to get your work done. So, finding a balance between motivating yourself and relaxing is going to give you the benefits of both. Here are a few ways you can keep yourself accountable while still enjoying the comfort of being in your own home.

Setting Goals for Yourself

At work, your objective is much more clear and it’s a lot easier to do what you need to do. The same can’t be said for remote working. That’s why setting goals for yourself can be a great way to keep yourself from slacking off. One way to do that is to write down a time that you think you’ll be able to accomplish your assignment by. Having that time limit will keep your mind focused on the end point, instead of just letting your work pile up and losing track of time. 

Create a Workspace

Remote working is going to put you in a different mindset than being at your workplace. This can be a good thing, but you also need to make sure that your environment is going to keep you from getting distracted and instead helps you to stay productive. Creating a workspace is the perfect way to combat this issue. Find a place in your home that is away from any unnecessary noise, and somewhere you can have the privacy you need to focus on your work, but also make sure that it’s somewhere you can be comfortable. Once you find that place, clean up your new workspace if it has any clutter around. Working in a dirty environment isn’t going to be good for your mindset, which will affect your productivity. Finally, you can set up all of your necessary equipment you need to get your job done. Try to make the space similar to where you’re used to working, so the transition to remotely working is easier.

Taking Breaks When You Need ToMan with headset on virtual call while remote working

One of the great things about remote working is being able to relax when you’re feeling overworked. Allow yourself to get a snack, watch some videos, lay down, or whatever else will help you to relax. Keep in mind though, while taking breaks is helpful, you don’t want to waste too much time. Set an alarm for when your break should end so you don’t lose track of time and you can get back to working.

Keeping Your Communication Clear

Communicating with your managers and co-workers is standard while you’re at your place of work. It helps to remind you of what you need to get done, and socializing can actually make you more productive, as long as you don’t overdo it. Stay in contact with whoever you’re usually working under while remote working so that you’ll be able to keep yourself accountable. Staying in touch with your co-workers can also help you to not feel as isolated and it’s good to keep track of where they are on their own work so you have a better idea of where you should be with your own work.

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