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7 Tips for Effectively Working Remotely

7 Tips for Effectively Working Remotely

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Written by Jayme Mechur

Written by Jayme Mechur

Working from home is not something that everyone is prepared for, and can definitely take some adjusting. Many members of the iKOR team work remotely, so we wanted to share some of our tips for success!

Working from home is not something that everyone is prepared for, and can definitely take some adjusting. Many members of the iKOR team work remotely, so we wanted to share some of our tips for success!

1. Follow a schedule

1. Follow a schedule

This is crucial. It is so easy to lose minutes and hours to small distractions, and all of a sudden it’s 6pm and your to-do list is longer than when you started.  Be organized with your time, and you can avoid this. Block out chunks for specific tasks, and work only on those projects during that period. Creating mini time blocks for writing, content building, strategy & planning, answering email, social media engagement and even continued learning will help keep your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Stay diligent and you will be more productive than ANY day you ever had in an office.

This is crucial. It is so easy to lose minutes and hours to small distractions, and all of a sudden it’s 6pm and your to-do list is longer than when you started.  Be organized with your time, and you can avoid this. Block out chunks for specific tasks, and work only on those projects during that period. Creating mini time blocks for writing, content building, strategy & planning, answering email, social media engagement and even continued learning will help keep your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Stay diligent and you will be more productive than ANY day you ever had in an office.

2. Make sure you talk to people

2. Make sure you talk to people

One downside to not working in an office is the lack of human interaction. Some have been known to see no one but the mailman for days at a time. This is not recommended. While now may not be the time to jet off to coffee shops or hit up a co-working space, human interaction is still important for creativity and mental well being. Set up a group chat with your coworkers. Use Slack to stay in touch. FaceTime, Zoom or video calls of any kind are highly encouraged. Even a good old fashioned phone call can be enough.

One downside to not working in an office is the lack of human interaction. Some have been known to see no one but the mailman for days at a time. This is not recommended. While now may not be the time to jet off to coffee shops or hit up a co-working space, human interaction is still important for creativity and mental well being. Set up a group chat with your coworkers. Use Slack to stay in touch. FaceTime, Zoom or video calls of any kind are highly encouraged. Even a good old fashioned phone call can be enough.

3. Meal plan in advance

3. Meal plan in advance

Treat your day as if you were at work. Don’t wander around your kitchen, don’t graze in the pantry all day. Prep your lunch and snacks as you normally would, then take a break to enjoy them as you normally would. Prep time adds up, and you don’t want to add unnecessary extra hours to your workday.

Treat your day as if you were at work. Don’t wander around your kitchen, don’t graze in the pantry all day. Prep your lunch and snacks as you normally would, then take a break to enjoy them as you normally would. Prep time adds up, and you don’t want to add unnecessary extra hours to your workday.

4. Set aside a workspace in your house

4. Set aside a workspace in your house

Not everyone has an extra bedroom or office to work from, but creating separation in your physical space is important. Designate a work desk and chair and try not to use that space for other things. This will help create balance, encourage distance from other people in your home, and allow you to “turn off” when the workday is over. 

Not everyone has an extra bedroom or office to work from, but creating separation in your physical space is important. Designate a work desk and chair and try not to use that space for other things. This will help create balance, encourage distance from other people in your home, and allow you to “turn off” when the workday is over. 

5. Embrace technology

5. Embrace technology

We LOVE Slack, Google Drive, Evernote, Time Out, Asana and Spotify.  Let technology work for you, for a change. Slack helps us manage internal conversations by project and deadline. Google Drive is excellent for storing and accessing documents from any location.  Evernote is great for continuous note-taking and joint to-do lists, Asana is our go-to for project management, Time Out – Break Reminders is perfect for creating balance, letting you set up pre-planned break reminders throughout your workday. And Spotify keeps the creative juices flowing with constant music and collaborative playlists.

We LOVE Slack, Google Drive, Evernote, Time Out, Asana and Spotify.  Let technology work for you, for a change. Slack helps us manage internal conversations by project and deadline. Google Drive is excellent for storing and accessing documents from any location.  Evernote is great for continuous note-taking and joint to-do lists, Asana is our go-to for project management, Time Out – Break Reminders is perfect for creating balance, letting you set up pre-planned break reminders throughout your workday. And Spotify keeps the creative juices flowing with constant music and collaborative playlists.

6. Take walk breaks

6. Take walk breaks

It’s important to take time to reset during the day.  It’s easy to get lost in your computer and look up at 6pm realizing you have created a permanent dent in your chair and taken 112 steps for the day.  Make it a point to get up at least once an hour and walk around the house. Additionally, try to take a walk outside at least one walk a day. If you can’t take the time to check out completely, take an afternoon conference call on the road and get some Vitamin D while you chat.

It’s important to take time to reset during the day.  It’s easy to get lost in your computer and look up at 6pm realizing you have created a permanent dent in your chair and taken 112 steps for the day.  Make it a point to get up at least once an hour and walk around the house. Additionally, try to take a walk outside at least one walk a day. If you can’t take the time to check out completely, take an afternoon conference call on the road and get some Vitamin D while you chat.

7. Get MOVING

7. Get MOVING

There are so many options for virtual activities, just pick one. Cyclist? We love Zwift, The SufferFest, and our Wahoo Kickr trainer. Runner? Peloton Tred is awesome. Yogi? Corepower has a great digital platform. 

YouTube and Wahoo have AMAZING free content of all kinds. Take a minute (or 20) and sweat it out. Your mind and body will thank you.

A few DON'Ts we have learned along the way too

  • Don’t stay in your pajamas all day
  • Don’t multitask with house chores 
  • Don’t watch TV
  • Don’t forget that it is okay to stop working too

There are so many options for virtual activities, just pick one. Cyclist? We love Zwift, The SufferFest, and our Wahoo Kickr trainer. Runner? Peloton Tred is awesome. Yogi? Corepower has a great digital platform. 

YouTube and Wahoo have AMAZING free content of all kinds. Take a minute (or 20) and sweat it out. Your mind and body will thank you.

A few DON'Ts we have learned along the way too

  • Don’t stay in your pajamas all day
  • Don’t multitask with house chores 
  • Don’t watch TV
  • Don’t forget that it is okay to stop working too
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