Staying Productive even while Working Remotely
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Our team shares their personal hacks to make the most of remote work.
Published on March 2, 2020
Kass is the co-founder at Workbean. She’s obsessed about finding happiness at work and helping organizations understand their people better. She will never be seen without coffee in her hand.
In the height of the recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, more and more companies are taking preventive measures to keep employees safe by allowing remote work.
But with all the distractions that surround us at home, it’s difficult to stay productive so we asked our team to give us their best hacks to stay focused even when working remotely.
1. Establish a “work zone” 👩🏻💻
It’s tempting to stay in bed while answering e-mails or designing your next prototype but being too comfortable leads to much more unproductivity such as daydreaming or falling back to sleep. My greatest hack is finding a desk or table at home with a comfortable chair that serves as my “work base” so that I can train my mind that being in that space means I need to get some serious work done.
– Zein, Chief Product Designer
2. Plan out a schedule – and stick to it! 📌
The biggest problem I had with remote work was discplining myself on my actual work hours. I was not used to having so much free time that I couldn’t get a schedule of activities together in the beginning. But as time went by, I learned to structure my working hours when I’m most productive – which is from 11AM to 12NN and 1PM to 3PM and 4PM to 5PM. It’s not the typical 9-to-5 but these hours are the times when my brain is hyper-focused to do the most tasks to meet my deadlines. I call it my burst mode. I never neglect my personal development so from 9PM to 11PM, I read books and attend an online class.
– Neil, Chief Operating Officer
WHEN MOTIVATION IS LACKING, RELY ON DISCIPLINE
3. Tell your friend, roommate, mom, dad, siblings, partner that you are “at work” ⚠️
When I first started to work from home, my mom would keep asking me to come down and eat, and all those times I keep telling her I’m working and she just couldn’t believe it. I had to show her what was on my laptop for her to believe there is actual work that’s happening in my room. It seems like a small thing to do but it really helps to inform people in your house that you are indeed working so that they can respect your time and even help you make the environment conducive for work.
– Louie, Media & Content Manager
4. Make a list, check it twice! 📝
It’s very easy to stray away from one task to another when you have no plans set out. I find that creating a list of things to accomplish for the day helps me plan out my day better even if I’m working at a café or from home. I use kanban boards on Notion.so or on Trello that is publicly shared to my team to make sure that I am being held accountable to finish my tasks for the day! Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty life-changing.
– Marie, Software Engineer
5. Set some time to communicate with your team or managers 💻
I love working from home because I can stay in my PJs all day. Being a hermit is so tempting but our team usually needs to align on critical activities so we made sure to establish a rule that whenever we need to clarify things with one another, we do a video call instead of relying on team chat or SMS. Because of this practice, we were able to release features on Workbean without even having to meet in person – everything was coordinated through short bursts of video calls and constant check-ins through Slack. I think it’s really a matter of trusting that your team can deliver even without active supervision.
– Kass, Co-Founder
Most importantly, remember to take frequent breaks in-between work. Burnout can lead to a lower immune system that makes you susceptible to getting infected by the coronavirus.
Stay hydrated, avoid big crowds, and enjoy working from home.
Check out the best companies that are cool with remote work here. ✨