Over the past five years, remote jobs have become more available and many workers are beginning to seek out jobs that allow them to work from home, or wherever they please. Remote jobs give employees more autonomy and control of their days, and as more companies begin to understand the benefits of having a remote team (no office costs, the ability to hire talent, even if they are not local) it’s likely we’ll continue to see more of the workforce begin to work from home. In this article, Your Office Mom will give you some insights on remote work and some practical work advice so you can be more productive than ever.
If you’re already a remote worker, you probably know that while there are many benefits to working from home, there are also some unique challenges, namely, organizing your home office, staying productive, and setting boundaries for remote work.
Set boundaries and hours
Many remote workers have trouble “turning off” and with the use of modern technology, remote workers can be contacted at any time of the day or night. If you work on a team with members in different time zones, you might frequently receive emails after hours or even in the middle of the night. That’s why it’s so important to create boundaries as a remote worker and prioritize balance. Try to keep consistent office hours and take real breaks during the day. And, when you’re off work, make sure notifications are turned off on your mobile device or laptop.
Eliminate distractions at home
Another challenge remote workers encounter is the distracting nature of the home. The laundry or your bed might beckon at any moment. And if you have kids, you can count on them finding you. For this reason, it’s especially important to set ground rules with your family and create a space that is dedicated 100 percent to work. While working in the kitchen or even from you bed can be tempting, you’ll be much more productive in a designated office space.
Create a comfortable home office
This infographic from The Zebra offers some helpful advice for organizing and decorating your home office so you can stay focused on your work!