With lockdown restrictions still in force in many locations, more people are working from home than ever before. As businesses have been unable to operate normally while COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, we have seen a signification shift in the number of people that have started working from home in 2020.
Although lockdown limitations are being eased, many companies are still encouraging employees to work from home. While some people enjoy the opportunity to operate remotely, others are finding the transition particularly tricky.
As bloggers routinely work alone, from home or from a remote location, I believe that there’s a lot you can learn from their approach to productivity. If you want to hone your remote working skills, take a look at these 3 things bloggers can teach you about working from home…
- Stay organised
Working from home means your personal life and your business life will be more intertwined than ever before. Without proper organisation, you’re going to find it impossible to operate productively. If possible, try to segment your work life and your home. This will make it easier for you to switch from one to the other and prevent you from feeling like work is taking over your life.
Creating a handwritten schedule, keeping a diary, or using online apps to manage your commitments is a great way to keep organised and ensure nothing gets forgotten about. Personally, I use an app called Trello to organise both my personal life and my content creations. It allows me to plan content months in advance and organise my to do list for at home.
- Automate tasks
Instead of repeating the same tasks over and over again, automate processes wherever you can. Visit Templafy.com and take a look at just how easy it is to create template documents that can be used repeatedly. As well as saving you time, having a template you can pull up will ensure your work contains all the relevant information and help you to enhance the quality and consistency of your output.
Of course, this isn’t the only way to use automation to your advantage. A content management system (CMS) makes it easy to modify a website, for example, while a customer relationship management (CRM) system will enable you to monitor client engagement and provide high-quality customer care.
Simply look for tools that provide advanced automation for your industry or job role and put them to good use.
- Take regular breaks
When people first start working from home, they often assume they are in for an easy time. However, the idea of late starts and early finishes soon becomes a distant dream. In fact, people tend to report working harder for longer when they’re at home, rather than in the office.
While you may be eager to impress your boss, working excessively will have a negative impact on your health and your productivity. To enhance the quality of your work and protect your wellbeing, schedule your workday carefully, and incorporate lots of breaks so you can clear your mind.
Become a Remote Worker Now
As businesses have been forced to find alternative solutions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of organisations are now reaping the benefits of flexible home working schedules. As a result, there are likely to be far more opportunities to work remotely. By learning from bloggers and honing your efficiency and productivity, you can prove your worth from any location and ensure you’ll be able to work from home frequently in the future.