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Whether you’re working remotely full time or just occasionally, you’re in good company. By 2016, 43% of the American work force is expected to telecommute at least part of the time! It’s no wonder telecommuting is on the rise. It’s great for employee morale and productivity, it’s cheaper for employers who have to maintain less office space, and it’s even better for the environment.
Here at 9 Clouds we’re encouraged to work from anywhere, and everyone makes use of the opportunity. We’ve come together to compile some key tips to help you make the most of your time and be a remote working pro.
Have an Office away from the Office
One of the biggest advantages of working remotely is being able to get more done, isolated from the hustle and bustle of a busy office.
The key to being more productive is fostering a distraction-free work zone. This is an absolute must for consistently doing great work. Unlike going to the office, when you’re working remotely, no one can see what you’re doing. It’s up to your self-discipline to stay productive.
The middle of the kitchen is probably not the place to settle in for work, especially if you have roommates or a family. A separate office with a closable door is crucial on those days when the kids are home and running around.
Minimize distractions. You probably turn off notifications on your phone when you’re in the office—do it when you’re working from home, too.
Get in the Groove by Establishing a Routine
Establishing and keeping a routine can greatly help maintain productivity. Set that alarm clock and get up in the morning. Use the time you’re not commuting to have a good breakfast and squeeze in a workout.
Be sure to not only establish the time your day starts, but also lock down the time it ends. A looming deadline will help you focus on getting things done. Knowing when to quit will also help you maintain a good work-life balance.
Other pro tips:
- Don’t forget to break for lunch.
- I like to wear real pants to remind me I’m on the clock. (You can work in pajamas if you want, though.)
While you’re off being a productive recluse, don’t forget you still have people back at the office—and don’t let them forget about you, either! Staying in touch is integral to thinking and operating as a team. If possible, visit the office frequently for the in-person touch.
Now more than ever, there are myriad tools available to bridge the gap between locations. Take advantage of the technology at hand, so you can stay in constant communication. Be clear about when you’re going to be on the clock so the rest of the team knows when they can reach you.
Here at 9 Clouds, some of our favorite tools for enabling our work from anywhere policies include:
- Slack: We live in Slack; it’s central for collaboration as well as shenanigans.
- Google Docs: Fantastic collaboration across the room or across the world.
- Basecamp: Project management made easy.
Get out of the house
There may be no better productivity zone than your own private office, but there’s more to doing great work than being left alone. Sometimes you just have to get out of the house.
In addition to stopping in at the office, there are plenty of other options for getting out of the house. Your local library will have Internet available for free. Many coffee shops and restaurants also offer free wifi—but don’t be a freeloader. If you’re going to take up space, be sure to buy a coffee or three.
Everywhere you go, do great work
Only you know how you work most effectively. Whether you’re just spending an afternoon at a coffee shop or working from a home office full time, set yourself up for success. If you’re looking for more tips on doing your best work with today’s technology, help yourself to our free resources.
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