9 Ways To Keep Sharp When Working Remotely
As many of us are working remotely currently, it create challenges to our previously normal work modes.
We’re not as able to enjoy the benefits work working in the office, being on the road or conducting business travel. Quick conversations, lunch break talks and walks, and the interpersonal connectedness aren’t as accessible when you’re at your home office.
And while working remotely has its advantages, it poses a share of challenges as well. Distractions, sedentary lifestyle and being too casual can prevent us form being our sharpest in a remote setting.
So to keep sharp here are 9 things you can do be at your best:
- Have a plan. Before you start the day, have a definitive plan of what you will accomplish. Setting goals for tasks and your work will help you be productive.
- Make a detailed schedule. Write what you’ll do each hour at a minimum. Schedule your calls, research and emails. Plan time for breaks. A written schedule helps keep you on track and eliminate those extra breaks or unproductive time slots that try to creep in.
- Take a planned break. Make sure you schedule a chance to have a light lunch or break away from your desk for a time. The break will help you refresh and regenerate from the increased screen time and information overload.
- Stay hydrated. It’s easy to go the other way and not take care of yourself physically. The most important thing is to drink plenty of water and not get bogged down with those extra snack breaks that are too convenient to take.
- Eliminate distractions. Children. Pets. That stress ball on your desk. Lots of items can interrupt your thought, a video call, or your schedule. Lay ground rules for your home and yourself to ensure your work and interaction with others remotely is not compromised.
- Dress appropriately. It’s easy to be casual working form home and that’s alright. However, keep in mind that a more casual attire might translate to a more casual work effort. Stay dressed no more than a level below what you would casually wear in normal working circumstances. Conversely, if you have an important call or day, dress up a level above casual to ensure you come across more professionally.
- Stretch. Being hunched over your keyboard and desk for a full day. A good stretching regimen both in your chair and getting up during your breaks will relax your muscles and increase blood flow to your brain.
- Take a walk. Just like you would during a normal break at the office building, a walk can afford you some fresh air and exercise. It will refresh you, clear your mind, and burn off some calories to offset the extra sitting.
- Have an end time for the day. Working at home can blur the lines of work-life balance even further, especially if you are doing so for an extended time period. While you discipline your day to avoid distractions from home into your work, you’ll need to do likewise. It is more easier to work longer hours when you’re remote for a time. Give yourself a definitive end time that’s reasonable. If needed, spend the last 20 to 30 minutes of your day to write your goals for the next day, finish emails and be ready to start the next day with a plan.
While working remotely is a modern privilege, even in these challenging days, it can create some solid habits that can serve you well in remote or normal circumstances.
Make the most of your new work environment. Create your day to make the biggest impact on those whom you serve in your job.