The demand for dynamic labor has increased dramatically in recent years. According to our research, the most sought-after work benefits are flexible working hours (71%) and the ability to telecommute (55%). It’s no surprise, then, that companies are considering the opportunity to offer dynamic work with the goal of attracting and retaining the best talent in their organization.
If you’re one of those people who can work remotely from home, you know how difficult it can be to stay motivated and productive. You can deal with distractions, feel lonely, lose your routine, and be overwhelmed with documents, notes, and reports in your personal living space.
To work from home and be effective, you need to be disciplined and responsible for the results of your own success. If you don’t feel motivated and you’re not performing at your best, try applying these seven tips to improve your productivity.
1. Create a working environment
If your way of telecommuting is by sitting in bed or watching TV with your laptop, you are unlikely to be very productive. If you have a spare bedroom or an office to use as a workspace, keep everything that relates to your business there. Creating a work environment can allow you to adopt the mindset you need to work productively.
2. Dress like you’re going to work
While it’s tempting to stay in your pajamas, prepare and dress as if you were going to work. This will help you feel more awake and ready to face the day. After a few hours of sitting in bed, you will probably start to feel groggy and less productive.
3. Organize your day
If you set clear goals for the day that begins, you’ll be more likely to stay focused and meet the deadlines you’ve set for yourself. Make a list on paper or an app like Trello of to-dos and check them off as you complete them throughout the day.
4. Manage your workload
If you have a lot to do with a large project, or if your administrative tasks are piling up and you haven’t started yet, stress might be looming over you. If you work from home and spend a quieter time doing certain administrative tasks, try breaking them down into shorter, more manageable pieces to accomplish throughout the day or week. By planning and distributing your workload in this way, you should avoid feeling overwhelmed.
5. Take stock with your colleagues
It can quickly feel like you’re working alone while working from home, but, while this is true physically, don’t forget your colleagues who also work at home or in the office. It is important to remember that you are at work. Calling to let your boss or coworkers know about your job or the status of a project will make you feel more in tune with what’s going on in the company.
6. Allow yourself breaks
Breaks are important for boosting productivity. If you don’t allow yourself any time for rest and recovery during the day, you risk being exhausted by the afternoon. Make sure to take a full lunch break and try to stay away from your computer during these times as well. You will feel invigorated when you return to your desk to face the rest of your workday.
7. Reward yourself
A deadline imposed by your manager can help motivate you. But, for those who do not work under anyone’s command, finding ways to reward themselves at the end of each task or day can be a good idea. This little boost can give you what you need to move on to the next tasks and stay motivated.
Not maintaining sufficient motivation at work can be stressful and ultimately lead to poor performance. It is essential to recognize the times when you are not working effectively and to discuss the problems you are having with your supervisor or colleagues. While telecommuting is a useful option in today’s busy corporate culture, it isn’t for everyone.