This article has been translated from our Spanish version using AI technology. There may be errors in this process. Expressed opinions Entrepreneur Contributors are their own.
Being able to Work from home There are many benefits, but there are also major challenges to staying productive. The key to being able to take advantage of remote work is to come up with a clear plan to overcome challenging situations such as confusion, delays and lack of productivity.
How to be more efficient by taking advantage of remote work
Millions of people worked long distances before the epidemic caused by Kovid-19. However, as the number of cases increased and the epidemic began to spread, millions of people began to go home to work. And yet, even after many countries have been able to prevent the spread of the virus, Remote work is still considered normal .
Nowadays, there is a possibility that you will be asked to work from a distance at some point in your work activities. The big question is: How do you handle this?
Tips for working effectively from home
1. Set family time limits
The first step is to set very clear expectations with the person with whom you share a home. It can be a wife, partner, child, roommate, etc. Make sure they understand that working from a distance does not mean that you are “at home” Working hours should be considered as working hours.
If you have a room dedicated to work, all you can do is create a closed door policy. If your “office” door closes, you shouldn’t be bothered. If someone needs something, they can call, email or text (as if you were in a real office).
2. Organize office space
One of the best things you can do is optimize your home office for productivity. Exactly how you do this will depend on certain factors, such as the location of the place where you want to work. Either way, the goal is to create a scatter-free zone that is conducive to productivity and focus.
When optimizing the office, think about key elements like soundproofing, lighting and ergonomics. You want to be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you risk watching a movie or playing a video game. Ideally, your office is reserved for work and nothing else. You need to create some emotional separation between your career and your personal life.
3. Communicate extra with your team
Good communication is essential in any work. However, this is especially important when you work from a distance and do not enjoy the luxury of face-to-face conversations with coworkers.
Excessive communication does not mean bombarding your colleagues with unnecessary messages. Instead, it means carefully communicating information so that there is no confusion. One suggestion is to host a 15 minute morning group through a virtual meeting.
4. Use the right digital tools
One of the best ways to increase the productivity of remote work is to use the right set of digital tools. Fortunately, there are different types of tools for almost anything.
For example, if documents are signed or approved on a daily basis at work, the use of certain types of electronic signature tools is a great way to increase security and save time. Or suppose you spend a lot of time meeting clients and prospects. Avoiding the hassle of trying to find a convenient time for everyone using appointment scheduling software. You can book people on your calendar.
5. Change the workplace
You do not have to spend 100% of your time working in one place, be it at home or in a cafe. While this should probably be your “base”, it’s a good idea to change things up.
The biggest advantage of working from a distance is that you can move freely. Consider spending some time in a coffee shop or co-worker’s place. Or maybe you want to travel for a week and work from a new city?
Changing your work environment prevents you from pushing. It also stimulates creativity and inspires you to continue producing at a higher level.
Remote work to stay here
Remote work is no exception to the rule in the workplace. In many industries, this has become the norm. So if you want to be successful in your work, it is important to learn to work productively and efficiently wherever you are.
(Thanks to Geektime in Spanish for providing us with this text).