Remote work is on the rise and experts predict that in the next decade much of the workforce will begin to work at least partially from home. Although some businesses have purposely avoided the move toward remote work, worried that they’ll see a drop in productivity, others have been forging on and proving that remote teams not only meet in-office production standards, but in many cases exceed it. This success has encouraged more businesses to allow employees to work from anywhere—good news for workers who have been wishing for increased autonomy and more control of their days.
Just as businesses are actively working toward building better processes for their remote teams, remote workers are figuring out solutions to the unique challenges of working from home. If you’re already a remote worker, you’re probably familiar with these challenges, such as maintaining a healthy work-life balance and managing your time.
Many remote workers have trouble “turning off” and with the use of modern technology, remote workers can be contacted at any time of the day or night, especially those on teams distributed across several timezones. It’s not uncommon for remote workers to receive emails after hours or even in the middle of the night. That’s why it’s so important to create boundaries as a remote worker and prioritize balance.
Another challenge remote workers encounter is the distracting nature of the home. For this reason, it’s especially important to set ground rules with your family and create a space that is dedicated exclusively to work. While working in the kitchen or even from you bed can be tempting, you’ll be much more productive in a designated office space.
This infographic from The Zebra offers some advice for organizing the home office, staying productive, and setting boundaries for remote work.
Here are some other tips for remote workers:
- keep office hours
- take real breaks
- get plenty of natural light
- turn off notifications on social media