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8 Tips For Successfully Working Remotely

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 pajamas 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!

Carve out a dedicated workspace.

  • Carve out a dedicated workspace. Don’t work from your bed. It is a trap lol.
  • Make sure your workspace is well lit and quiet.

Make sure you have a good connection.

If you’re going to be working remotely, make sure your internet connection is strong and reliable. A slow or unreliable connection can be very frustrating and will make it difficult to focus on work.

Invest in productivity tools.

Invest in productivity tools.

In order to stay focused and productive, you need the right tools to help you manage your work. Here are some of our favorite productivity tools for remote workers:

  • Time management and task management: Toggl, iDoneThis, Basecamp, Myco, Clickup
  • Communication: Slack, Google Hangouts (or other video chat software)
  • File sharing and note-taking: Dropbox Paper or Google Docs/Slides/Sheets; Trello or Asana (for project management); Evernote (for notes)

Get on the same page with your team

Let the rules be clear.

If you’re going to allow remote working, make sure that everyone knows the rules ahead of time — and that those rules are clear and consistent company-wide. Don’t just assume everyone knows what they can or cannot do; make sure they know!

Get on the same page with your team. Your team members need clear direction when working remotely, so set up regular weekly meetings or calls with everyone who works off-site and make sure they know what’s expected of them at all times. It’s also important that everyone understands how they’ll communicate with one another in order to keep things running smoothly across time zones and across continents!

Communicate regularly with your team.

Communicating with your teammates is one of the most important parts of working remotely.

If you’re not communicating regularly, then it’s almost impossible to know what everyone else is doing and whether or not they need help. This can lead to inefficiencies and frustration for both parties.

There are many tools available that make remote communication easier than ever. You could use Slack, Trello, or Asana to keep track of progress on projects (and even share files). Other tools include Zoom or GoToMeeting which allow for video calls so that face-to-face conversations aren’t necessary all the time. When used properly these tools will make life easier for everyone involved!

Take breaks, rest and unplug.

It’s important to take breaks, rest and unplug. If you’re working remotely, it’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take care of yourself. You can get so focused on what you’re doing that you lose track of time or forget about other things going on around us. In order for a remote job to be successful, we need to remember how important it is for us as humans! Take breaks from work at least once an hour during the day so that our brains don’t get tired from too much thinking (and allow us some time for answering e-mails). Go for a walk or run outside; take a nap; take a shower; go spend time with friends and family; read something fun on the internet (or even just do nothing at all!). It’s important that we avoid getting sucked into online life so much because then everything else gets neglected — including ourselves!

Don’t forget about yourself! You need to be able to take breaks so that when it comes time for meetings or calls with clients/colleagues, you’ll be ready for anything they throw at you — and trust me, they will throw some things!

Set clear boundaries between work and play (and vice versa)

A flexible schedule is one of the biggest perks of working from home. And it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle, as you never know what new opportunities are around the corner. Doing work on your days off and spending long hours working is worth it if they mean you’re able to earn more money and progress in your career. But, setting boundaries between work time and playtime is so important. We all need breaks, so make sure you’re not pushing too hard and burning out

It’s easy to lose track of time when working from home — especially if you’re self-employed or working from home part-time as an entrepreneur — so make sure you set boundaries between work time and personal time so that nobody gets burned out too quickly!

For some people, work-life balance is a tricky thing to master, but when you’re working from home, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. After all, you’re responsible for your own marketing, sales and business development strategy, not to mention accounting and payroll, surveillance of your direct reports…the list never really seems to end.

Whether you’re a full-time employee or an entrepreneur working from home, it’s easy to lose track of time when working from home. We’ve all been there

Remote work is possible when you create the right environment and stay connected with your team

When working remotely, it’s important to remember that you can’t just throw yourself in front of your computer and expect to get work done. You have to create an environment that will help you focus on what needs to be done without distraction from other things that may pop up throughout the day.

Setting up a routine and sticking to it is important for remote workers. You should plan out your week to include time for working on projects, taking breaks, and getting much-needed rest.

Investing in productivity tools can make your workday more efficient and effective. By eliminating distractions and keeping track of your time spent each day, these products give you the support needed to stay on track with your work goals while still having fun!

Communication is key when working remotely! Having regular conversations with co-workers helps build trust within the team which makes everyone feel connected even though they are physically apart from one another!