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Working remotely: Strategies for Staying on Top of Your Tasks

Cristiana Trifu

We must acknowledge that remote work has shifted our personal and professional life perspectives. New adaption mechanisms have been required as a result of this paradigm change. This is an attempt to make the transition from an office job to working from home less difficult because this was a tough transition, especially for those who hadn’t worked remotely before the pandemic.

To some extent, the situation appears to have improved. However, organizations gradually incorporate the remote working model into their agenda and culture. As a result, even if you are working remotely from Hawaii, you should arm yourself with effective coping skills to deal with the circumstance because it is here to stay.

If, at first, the work-from-home scenario was just a temporary stage, and we saw it as an opportunity to fine-tune the organizational aspects of the house, things haven’t been that way for long. After all, the laundry can’t do itself, nor are the dirty dishes in the sink. So the first big challenge was to keep our work productivity high in a place where many people rest and relax – at home. Working remotely seemed like a pleasant guest that forgot to leave after the final glass of wine was toasted. As a result, you had to find inventive strategies to cope with it. 

Furthermore, working remotely may be tough to achieve for a social butterfly who feels powerful while working with his coworkers. But don’t worry! There are excellent alternatives, such as online teamwork and other helpful tips, for staying on top of your tasks and overall well-being.

Plan your day

Besides the benefits the working remotely scenario offers, like saving the time you’d be spending on the way to the office and working from the comfort of your house, there are also some threats to your productivity. No matter how responsible and ambitious you are to accomplish your tasks, home life can interfere with your plans. Therefore, setting your daily or weekly priorities is crucial to avoid deviating from them. Thus, scheduling and organizing your day based on a to-do list will help you improve productivity. At the same time, this helps you focus on your tasks. 

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We all know that working remotely means flexibility. Hence, be flexible with your work to the extent that it’s also efficient. However, we all did not do our assigned tasks on time because we became distracted by other household tasks such as cleaning, groceries, etc. Therefore, setting up and keeping to a schedule helps you respect your work hours and finish your responsibilities without staying overtime.

Communicate with your teammates

Aren’t we all missing working with our team in the same office? The little jokes, taking lunch together, and expressing our ideas face to face? Of course, project management apps allow you to stay on top of your tasks. But interaction with them is also important to maintain a healthy relationship between you. Thus, you have to take the teamwork at home. And ensure that you keep in touch with them just as you’ve done while working at the office. Maybe not so frequently, but taking time to check on them more personally, besides working hours, will give you a sense of community involvement. 

Remote Teams Communication

Online jobs have kidnapped our sense of belonging to something bigger than us. Working remotely while staying home and focusing on daily tasks can drain our social battery and productivity. Yet, it is essential to constantly connect to the office culture and environment with your remote teams. Because, after all, it is the people in our lives that improve our experiences. 

Time track your tasks

Gone are when you could feel the manager’s eyes on you while you were physically at work. He was the one who ensured that your daily tasks were completed on time. Now, when working remotely, you are the one who has to take care of time management. And that requires lots of self-discipline. While working remotely, time-tracking software is more than willing to assist you.

Time Track Tasks

Tracking your time doing certain tasks will give you the bigger picture of your productivity when working remotely. Thus, you will get to know yourself better. In addition, you will learn more about the hours you are efficient and know how to dose your activities and tasks so that any of them gets the most out of your efficiency.

For example, my most productive time is in the morning. So I’ll start with writing my articles if I have to deliver a piece of content and an SEO plan by 5 p.m. the same day. Because creativity and productivity are highly related to fresh morning starts. And I know this because I have measured my everyday productivity at different periods of the day since I started working remotely.

So, this might work for you as well. Knowing what tasks fit a specific part of your day is a big win for streamlining your workflow.

Breathe, relax, and exercise

Working from home has its advantages, but it also has its drawbacks. As a result, you must be careful not to become overwhelmed by the never-ending list of tasks. While working from home can be convenient, it can also lead to a lack of breaks. Spending too much time in front of the computer might cause you to lose touch with reality and harm your physical and mental health. 

Since we’ve started working remotely, the number of steps in our phone’s health app has dropped dramatically. As a result, get out of your chair at least once an hour to allow your blood to circulate. This will improve your overall health and allow you to be more productive. Breathing exercises have also proven helpful in increasing my productivity. We must recognize that caring for ourselves is essential to a productive and efficient working life.

Establish boundaries between work and personal life

Let us not forget that, aside from work, we all have a personal life that should be respected because a fulfilling personal life is a foundation for a successful professional life. Remote working has the potential to absorb the most of your personal life. However, the line between the two is thin, and you can easily cross it if you’re not careful. Maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional life means achieving excellence. Thus, planning your day will assist you in keeping up with the job and household tasks, city outings, and time.’

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Conclusions

The shift to remote work has undoubtedly brought numerous advantages, allowing individuals to enjoy newfound flexibility and improved work-life balance. However, amidst these benefits, it has also introduced a fresh set of challenges, chief among them being the proliferation of distractions. To navigate this new landscape successfully, it becomes imperative to incorporate a series of essential practices into your remote work routine.

First and foremost, discipline emerges as a cornerstone. Transforming a flexible work schedule into a well-structured and meticulously planned one is key to maintaining focus and meeting deadlines. Establishing a clear daily routine, setting specific work hours, and creating a dedicated workspace can bolster productivity and minimize distractions.

Furthermore, taking regular breaks should not be overlooked amidst the demands of remote work. Allowing yourself time for relaxation and rejuvenation prevents burnout and revitalizes creativity and focus.

By embracing discipline, meticulous task management, an effective team collaboration tool like Monday.com, and the mindful inclusion of breaks, individuals can successfully confront the challenges of remote work and thrive in this new paradigm, delivering their best performance while enjoying the benefits it brings.

Authors

Cristiana Trifu

Writer

Cristiana Trifu

Copywriter @ UM Worldwide

SaaS Content Writer

Cristiana Trifu is a talented and versatile copywriter who helps create brand narratives at Universal McCann. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for crafting compelling messages, Cristiana has quickly contributed significantly to various high-impact marketing campaigns.
Ana Maria Stanciuc

Editor

Ana Maria Stanciuc

Head of Content & Editor-in-Chief @ Tekpon

Creative Content Chief

Ana Maria Stanciuc is a highly skilled writer and content strategist with 10+ years of experience. She has experience in technical and creative writing across a variety of industries. She also has a background in journalism.

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