Whether you’re excited or nervous about working remotely, you face unique challenges to start imagining your new work life remotely.
In this article, we’ll share 7 tips to make sure you have a efficient remote work.
1. Invest in a simple communication tool
Clear and consistent communication will be the key to the success of your remote work. That doesn’t mean you have to talk to your coworkers all day, but knowing that everyone has a common tool for thinking, asking questions and posting notes is essential.
There are many communication tools out there these days, one of the best known is Slack.
This software will allow you to organize the chats by channels. You will also be able to connect many tools to Slack through Zapier. Interesting to have real-time notifications.
2. Organize weekly and monthly meetings
It seems trivial, but video calls will allow extreme transparency for teleworkers.
These meetings are not meant to “police” workers, but simply to raise concerns, advance goals and feel connected with your team.
Some companies set up daily meetings, others weekly. It all depends on you and your team.
Here concerning tools, there are hundreds of them, the most famous being Zoom. Simple and efficient. You can also test Google Meet which has just gone completely free.
3. Develop a routine
You might think telecommuting means spending your day in front of Netflix and not leaving your home. False.
Develop a daily itinerary can be useful in terms of productivity and allow you to focus on the important things that need to be done every day.
Maybe your daily routine is actually a weekly routine, where some days of the week are different from others, so you still have that flexibility of working remotely.
Set a schedule that works for you (and your team) and own it – that’s the advantage of telecommuting.
4. Have an adequate workspace
Just because you work at home doesn’t mean you can work anywhere, say from your bed. Do not do that.
Instead, find a space in your home or apartment and designate it as your workspace. It is important to be able to make a separation between pro and personal even without leaving home.
This will prepare you for work and help you stay focused on your job.
You can also have several suitable workspaces.
Having more than one space which is your designated workspace will allow you to move around.
It could be the nicest place in your home, and a certain table at your neighborhood cafe or library.
5. Use project management software
Working in a marketing or other team, you will surely have to manage many projects at the same time.
Distance and lack of synchronization can be felt when several collaborators are working on the same project.
This is why most companies use project management tools to facilitate communication, have better productivity and better overall synchronization on the project.
Among the best known are Trello, which can quickly become limiting, or other alternatives to Trello like Asana, Wrike, Monday and many others.
Most software offers free trials which will allow you to quickly understand and benefit from this productivity gain.
6. Don’t neglect yourself
This point is quite simple to understand: don’t be a lazy person, dress like you actually go to the office, even if your workspace is at the foot of your bed in your room!
The reason is simple, you will subconsciously be in better conditions to work and be more productive.
7. Take advantage of teleworking
While it is essential to develop a routine, it does not have to be the same every day.
Teleworking has many advantages, including the flexibility of the hours you work.
Going to the hairdresser at 3pm, you seem impossible before, yet today it is.
Take the opportunity to do what you couldn’t before. In general, the productivity of people telecommuting increases significantly because you have far fewer distractions than in the office.
You can free yourself up time to develop more hobbies, spend more time with your family, etc.
Also take advantage of teleworking to regularly change your workspace, for example in this café that you have found nice for 6 months, but that you have never been able to test due to lack of time.
You understand, telework is becoming more and more democratized, especially because of the health crisis we are all going through.
That’s why it’s important to really understand how the benefits are and how to get the most from them, while increasing your productivity.
The ball is in your camp.