From housework and the television to texts and background noise, there are a variety of things that can distract you when working from home. Still, contract research organizations have long known the benefits of utilizing a remote workforce. New data even suggests that many professionals are more productive working remotely. Employees spend more time focused on their core work, and they also save time by not commuting and not chatting with coworkers, managers, etc. during the workday. Yet if remote work culture isn’t established and managed appropriately, then working from home can lead to more stress and anxiety. Here are some tips to help you stay focused and maximize productivity when working from home.
Time Management Techniques
Remote workers are expected to meet many of the same deadlines as other people working at traditional offices while dealing with unique distractions around your home. Here are some effective time management strategies to help you maximize results in less time:
- The Pomodoro Technique – This technique includes breaking workdays down into multiple 25-minute intervals immediately followed by short breaks. This helps to mitigate distractions around your home office leaving more time to complete work tasks.
- Getting Things Done – GTD encourages you to create to-do lists with smaller, actionable items. When similar duties are aligned together, then they become more manageable.
- Rapid Planning Method – RPM proposes focusing on the results that you want along with the reasons you want them. This can be done by differentiating between real progress and just checking things off your to-do list.
- Important – Urgent Matrix – Start by classifying tasks between important and not important. Then, create another axis with urgent vs. non urgent tasks. The finished matrix will show you four quadrants so you can clearly distinguish between tasks that deserve your focus and are urgent and important, rather than those that are not important and not urgent.
Create a Realistic Schedule
Remote workers benefit from having established work hours. Structure, discipline, and efficiency are often the winning elements for success when working from home. For example, planning your schedule for the next day the night before puts you in a better position to accomplish important tasks.
Although the perfect remote workday might not exist, some days are going to be more productive than others, and you can still achieve the same goals that you did before by using some of these strategies.
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