Even though it can be cumbersome to wake up extra early, sit through traffic and work in a cubicle all day for work, there’s something about the process that lends itself to productivity. When you’re working remotely, sometimes you can get caught up in a myriad of distractions. When you don’t produce, you won’t get paid. In an effort to remain successful and be a great worker, consider some of the best ways to remain productive as you work remotely.
1. Find a Private Space
Privacy is always helpful when you need to get work done. There are those who can find a room in their home that’s solely dedicated to work. There are others who need to escape to a remote office. A remote office might be one of the best ways to get away from the distractions in your home. When you work from home, it’s easy to get caught up with the chores, the children or phone calls from friends. When you work in a coworking space, you can focus for a number of hours and get the job done.
2. Take Breaks
It’s actually not great to sit for hours and hours at a time. Your body isn’t meant to be sedentary for so long. Take ten-minute breaks throughout the day. During those breaks, assign yourself a specific task. You might do jumping jacks and stretch. You might go for a walk. The key is to find ways to break up the monotony and recharge your body. As you do so, you’ll take care of your mental and physical health as you remain productive.
3. Prioritize Nutrition
If you eat a large breakfast that’s filled with sugar and a lot of carbs, you’ll experience a major spike and a crash. Instead, eat empowering foods that will help you remain focused and productive. For some people, fasting until a certain time of day helps with maintaining a level of focus. If fasting isn’t your thing, try to consume meals that won’t leave you feeling sluggish or tired like a protein shake, a green smoothie or a high-protein bowl filled with eggs, lean meat and a source of healthy fat like an avocado.
If you’re operating in an Austin coworking space like Draper Startup House, be mindful of others when you’re bringing in meals. Putting fish in the shared microwave might be a tad offensive to those who are trying to focus in the same way you are.
4. Create a Workflow
There are plenty of people who love to listen to study music playlists. There are others who prefer total silence. When you have to sit and work for a number of hours, it’s helpful to keep a few things nearby to help you push through. This might mean that you’ll have a cup of coffee and a bottle of water within arm’s reach. When the temperature is set to one that’s not to your liking in an Austin shared office space, it’s helpful to keep a sweater in case you get cold. Headphones might be a vital part of your workflow if you’re working in a shared office space. You can use a timer to keep you on track. These seemingly small details matter when it’s time to work.
If you’re not used to working remotely, it might take a few days before you find the rhythm that works best for you. However, don’t be afraid to find unique ways of tweaking or improving your process. Even though you might think you can produce stellar work when the music is playing, consider trying an hour where there’s total silence. You might surprise yourself. Before long, you’ll develop a system that allows you to work like a well-oiled machine when you’re on the clock.
If you’re considering working remoting in a shared office space, contact our Austin team at Draper Startup House!