How can you manage time while working remotely?
Son, Husband, Father
Working remotely is not easy, specially if you are in the corporate world. You are assigned to a team and you need to impress your manager and your reports. In addition, your manager will ultimately assign you some products, which you need to work on. You need to stick to deadlines and deliver quality products. The first thing is to set a schedule for yourself. For example, you have to finish a task by the end of the day. If you finish early, you have to dedicate that time to complete another task. Once your manager sees your hard work, then he will automatically give you more added responsibilities and trust in you.
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It starts with your location. You have to choose a spot or an environment where you can set aside 5, 8, or 12 hours of work. The next thing I suggest is to know yourself and be truthful to yourself. That is, you know best when you receive calls from family and friends, so set aside time for that. You know best when you need to eat, take a nap, or just have a break. You need to set time aside for that as well. And last, I suggest you set aside 2-3 hours for unexpected events that can happen every day.
Try taking short breaks frequently! - Maybe 5-10 minute breaks every 1 to 1.5 hours. I find this helps me to be more productive when I'm in work-mode; keeps me a little more active throughout the day. Also, try to have a standing-desk setup that you can go back and forth with throughout the day. - If you can get by doing SOME of your work with just a laptop (and just the one screen), you can get a $30 music stand which works as a pretty great temporary standing desk. Or get two music stands for notebooks/etc. or your second laptop! I like to be mobile around the house with my setup, chasing the sunshine! Work for the first hour of the day on your front or back porch! Move between your office/kitchen/living room. Experiment and see what works for you.
Web developer | Building EmbedQuiz.com
I have the advantage of not having a "traditional" workplace ever. I started as a freelancer, later became a Web design and development agency owner and now, I'm a SaaS entrepreneur. Because of my previous experiences, it's pretty easy for me to work remotely... even if I don't have to do anything, my day is completely scheduled in Notion. I think with time, people learn that the only way to be productive is to manage your time correctly and your habits form according to your goals.
Marketing || Productivity Hacker
Frankly, at times poorly. Yet when realizing the value of own time, it does bring back to earth - working effectively is possible during a specific set of hours. So it's better be rational about your activities and tasks. No matter how cliché try to find work-life balance, otherwise, you may end up being in the constant loop of work-work, and life won't feel so nice after all. As of the tasks management, I personally go with Timesheet [https://www.technuf.com/timesheet]. We got this product ready recently, and this feels like a great addition to improve the workflow :)
I've been working mostly remotely for over two years now and as someone who gets distracted easily, these are my tips. - Have a dedicated workspace so you can separate "at work" at "at home" even if you do both at home. - Create a to-do list. I do this on paper and use the bullet style. It helps me visualize what I need to do and break down my day into sections. - Use music to motivate you and act as kind of a subconscious time tracker. For example, I know X album is more or less an hour long, how much can I accomplish during that time? Also, I like to sometimes mix up my music depending on the task I'm working on and the vibe I need. When reading or doing research for example I like to put something without vocals, or a chill album I know inside out where the words don't distract me. - Take mini breaks every 1-1.5 hours or so. It's important for me to stand up a bit and stretch. And I try to accomplish stuff during those breaks. For example, let me take 5 minutes to load the laundry in the washer, or to drink more water. Accomplishing tiny personal tasks helps motivate me even more at work because I feel more productive. And I find myself working better knowing that at the end of the hour I can reset for a few minutes. - Use "focus time" on Slack. It's super easy to get distracted from a task because a colleague asks a question or someone is just chatting in the team channel. I sometimes block out time on Slack as "Focus" and pause notifications so I can work on something without the constant pings. - Have daily meetings with your team. We do this each morning to explain what we did yesterday and what we plan to do today. It helps you feel more accountable to know that your team will be checking in each morning and will want to know what you've done.