The pace of global expansion is accelerating. Entrepreneurs and corporations alike now recognize the importance of developing a remote workforce. More businesses continue to embrace this model than ever before. Distributed, remote teams are becoming the new normal.
Working remotely is an increasingly common way of doing business, but it’s not always easy to make it work
Working from home or a coffee shop can sound appealing at first — no commuting times, no office drama — but real challenges arise in terms of productivity, collaboration and morale. That’s why distributed teams face unique setup, communication and management challenges that are different from those on the traditional office floor.
Working remotely can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you get to work in your pyjamas and wear no makeup. On the other hand, it’s really easy to get distracted by Instagram and start scrolling through your feed instead of actually getting work done.
But there are ways to make working remotely less distracting and more productive.
Establish a professional routine.
Establishing a routine is the best way to ensure that you get everything done without feeling overwhelmed. It’s also good for your health and well-being, as it helps keep you on track with your goals.
Here are some tips for establishing a professional routine:
- Be consistent with your work schedule. If you work from 10 am-2 pm every day, stick to that schedule no matter what — even if it means going in earlier or staying later than usual once in a while (just make sure not to let this become the norm). This will help keep your mind focused on work and prevent distractions from creeping in.
- Put some thought into planning out each day of the week before starting each session. You can do this by making a list of all tasks that need completing and prioritizing them based on urgency or importance; then move on to scheduling specific times each day when they will get completed (i.e., “write 1 blog post between 7:30 am — 8 am). Once again — be consistent!