As telecommunications technology improves, more organizations are allowing for more flexible work schedules, leading to a dramatic increase in employees who work remotely some or most of the time. While working remotely does have its benefits, it also has its drawbacks. Remote workers tend to become more isolated than their traditional counterparts, and they can find it hard to remain focused and stay accountable. To make sure you’re the most productive you can be, consider forgoing the sweatpants or pajamas. When you wake up, dress as you would if you were going out of the house; this will help you shift into “work mode” from “relaxation mode.” Additionally, if you’re working remotely, avoid conducting business from the couch or your bed. Set up a clearly defined workspace to help create a routine and divide your domestic space from your professional space, both physically and mentally. Also, it’s important to take breaks throughout the day. Remote workers often have fewer distractions, and it’s not uncommon to suddenly realize you haven’t left the house in three days. Set a reminder to get some fresh air from time to time. Walk around the block, or go pick up a newspaper. This will help with the isolation and also make sure you don’t burn out.
Remaining Healthy and Productive While Working Remotely