Top Tips for Remote Work in 2022
Posted 4th January 2022 by Lee
The future of work is changing. More and more people are starting to work for themselves, freelancing or taking on remote working jobs that allow them to be their own boss. With advances in technology and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people can now do their jobs from almost anywhere with greater flexibility and control over where they want to live. The following are some top tips for working at home in 2022.
Working from home has many benefits but it’s important not to let distractions creep into your work life because this will make you less productive as a result. Try these simple steps you can take to help establish boundaries, stay focused and productive in both your home life and professional life.
Make a dedicated space for working
Working from home can be a great option for people who are on the go or have full-time jobs that make it difficult to find the time to work. But, it’s important to make the best use of your personal space – and one way to do this is by dedicating an office at home. A dedicated office will allow you plenty of space to concentrate on working remotely without distraction.
To create an office within your house, start by picking a room that best suits your needs. Choose a room with plenty of natural light, but also one where there aren’t any distractions like televisions or busy family areas. Disclose the flooring in that area if possible before unpacking any equipment or furniture items.
Create a work schedule
Remote workers often find that they are getting off track, especially when it comes to their household chores. It’s too easy to get distracted by the pile of ironing right?! To avoid any distractions, create a flexible daily routine that includes time dedicated to actual work, family time and chores. It’s important to have a flexible routine and get the work-life balance that is right for you.
Many people find that they don’t take enough breaks – or even lunch breaks when working remotely. So make sure you are giving yourself some downtime throughout the day, step outside for some fresh air, go for a walk outside or visit a coffee shop for a change of scenery. The last thing you want is for your productivity to decrease because you are burnt out!
A great way to make sure you are keeping your personal life separate from your professional life is by creating boundaries between the two spaces in your house and sticking to your work patterns each week. It’s a good idea if you have other people in your household to inform them of your routine so that there is no confusion.
Avoid social media distractions
When it comes to working from home, it’s important to be disciplined about not checking social media sites when you’re supposed to be working. This means setting time limits for yourself and avoiding the temptation of staying away from your phone or computer when you’re not supposed to be working.
It can be easy to get distracted when you’re working from home, but by being disciplined and sticking to a routine, you’ll be able to stay on track and get more done.
Relax after work
Make sure you have enough time to relax after work so that you can enjoy your personal life too! It’s important to take some time for yourself so that you can recharge and come back to work the next day fresh. This means setting some boundaries between your work and personal life. For example, make sure you’re not working on weekends, and try to keep your home office tidy and organized. This will help you to stay focused when you’re working and improve your mental heath too.
In addition to relaxing after work, you should also avoid working on tasks related to work that is best done in the ‘office’ during non-office hours. For example, don’t do your best research or writing at home. If you need to do some writing or editing outside of your workday, keep it limited to what is necessary. Avoid checking emails when you should be doing something else like resting, cooking dinner or spending time with family. It’s important that when the workday is over, the workday really is over!