Susan Uva
Jun 17 • 3 min

Tips on Maximizing Remote Work

In times like these, with so many changes and new normalities, making adjustments is the best way to achieve and maximize your goals and workflow. For those that had never worked remotely, this can be extremely challenging, and even if you are used to working remotely, now having your whole family at home dealing with their daily activities can make things significantly more complex.

As a result of this, many find their productivity is negatively affected, consequently causing them to struggle to maintain the level of output that is normally expected from them. Many companies are understanding that productivity, in general, may not be up to standard, but this doesn’t reduce the stress each individual will feel to meet their goals. This is why it is necessary to take action, implementing tools, and tips to boost productivity and help smooth things over.

Here below some simple and effective tips to help you out:

  1. Prepare a comfortable workspace. No matter where you chose to work, make sure you are comfortable and free from as many distractions as possible.
  2. Maintain your working routine. Keep in place your daily routine that helps get you ready for a new day. 
  3. Define priorities in your duties. 
  4. Work in blocks of time, take breaks to stretch yourself and be conscious of your postures. In order to manage your breaks, you can use the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato‘, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student”

There is an Online app that is used for that purpose :

Pomodoro App

https://tomato-timer.com/

Here are some links with excellent stretching routines that you can do at your desk:

  1. Do not lose your direction or sight of your goals, it is important to remind yourself why you are doing what you do.
  1. Find alternative working areas around the home.  Sometimes just moving to a different area can be a breath of fresh air, increasing our creativity and productivity.
  1. Last but not least, don’t forget to live life and enjoy every moment as it is. Working should not feel like a prison sentence, even if we are in lockdown. Be patient with yourself.
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