Here at dotedison, flexible work environments are a part of our process. While we don’t claim to be experts, some members of our team have had to work remotely on a regular basis, so we can offer some tips based on our experience! Here are some ways we have learned to stay productive while working remotely.
Make the most of small pockets of time
You’d be surprised how much work you can get done while your kids are in school or napping. Even if you only have 15 minutes here or 20 minutes there, tackle small tasks as you are able so that you can dedicate larger blocks of time to more in-depth projects. And remember, if you have to fly a lot for your remote work, make use of those flights to get some work done.
Say “no” to unnecessary distractions
Working remotely presents unique challenges, particularly if you have a difficult time focusing around distractions. With this in mind, it’s important to cut out distractions that are within your control such as social media and phone notifications. Remember that phone calls and emails can be just as distracting as activity going on around you, so silence your phone and put it out of sight if you really need to hunker down and focus.
Have you noticed you work better during a certain time of day? For example, schedule conference calls and meetings for times in the day when you don’t typically focus very well. With some strategic planning, you should be able to capitalize on your primetime work hours, maximizing your productivity and quality of work.
Working remotely is not as ideal as working directly with your team, but sometimes it is necessary. Instead of letting it hold you back, learn to work smart with the time you have and who knows? You may end up being more productive than you would have been in the office!
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