Let’s face it — in a society that’s greatly dependent on taking full advantage of the technology we’ve invented, it’s no wonder so many jobs come with the benefit of working remotely. The internet is a pretty incredible tool, and some companies are using it to their advantage by cutting the cost of overhead and offering the option of telecommuting to help keep their employees happy as can be.
According to Global Workplace Analytics, 3.7 million employees work from home at least half the time, which means you are not alone. With a growing virtual workplace spanning the globe, we could all use a little motivational help every now and again. Having managers and colleagues in different locations and no expectation to physically show up to an office every day means working remotely certainly demands laser focus and the ability to do your job well without much direction. Yes, it’s a great luxury to be able to work from anywhere and take liberties with your schedule, but that can also come with a lack of accountability, and sometimes it’s difficult to stay on track and keep on task.
We spoke with Tricia Sciortino, president of an all-remote workforce at eaHELP, to get her take on how you can manage those “I’ll get to it later” tendencies. Here are the top four working from home productivity hacks, according to Sciortino.
1. Designate quiet spaces and times specifically for working
Plopping on the couch with your computer on your lap and the TV on “in the background” might sound appealing, especially if it’s one of those days when you’re tired, don’t feel like working, or it’s a cold, dreary day outside, but this move will only kill any chance at productivity. “It can be as basic as carving out a corner of the dining room and arranging childcare swaps with friends and neighbors, but make sure you’ve got time and space to devote to your work,” Sciortino said. “Trying to work in your kitchen while surrounded by your family is a guaranteed recipe for crazy!”