Teleworking: 5 Tips to Be Productive

June 24, 2020

Have you already fought with your neighbor about the last package of toilet paper? Since last week the Government of Spain appeared to give the green light to confinement due to the coronavirus, many companies have adopted teleworking.

Thus, this method has been established in almost the entire planet. While in Spain it is something new, in other European countries, remote working is normal.

According to Eurostat data, in the Netherlands, 14% of workers work from home. In Finland, 13.3% do. And, in Austria, 10%. However, in Spain only 4.3% telework. We are one point below the European average, which is consolidated at 5.1%.

Telework = inefficiency?

But workers who enjoy this luck face a new professional challenge. For the vast majority, this is the first time they have adapted to teleworking, which added to the isolation, it can be thought that productivity will decrease considerably. But no! If you want to continue with your work rhythm and give your best, you must adapt. Therefore, today we discuss a series of recommendations, simple but effective, to help you squeeze your time to the fullest.

With this article, we want to banish the idea of ​​inefficiency so associated with working remotely. Working from home does not imply “doing nothing”. What is true is that the lack of supervision and pressure that an office gives you, adds to the infinite possible distractions that your home offers you. Because of this, the worker's effort will be what makes it work.

In conclusion, in Spain, we are not used to teleworking. So, to help you be more productive, each of our Armadillo @ s will give you advice.

1. Build your own office

If we want to achieve the productivity of our usual workplace (id est, the office), we must prepare everything to be the

as similar as possible. Telecommuting does not mean working in pajamas from bed (although many do). Deciding which one and organizing what your workspace will be like is important. This should be clean, spacious, with good light (and have plugs!), It's quite a challenge.

“If we use the same place in the house to work, watch series, eat and also sleep, in the end, we are not just disconnected and you feel trapped. I think it is best to differentiate a specific place to work, which is always the same and as far away from distractions as possible (and in my case, away from the fridge. Telecommuting requires discipline, which is not always easy to achieve. That is why it is best to help us with a clean, bright, organized workspace that activates the mental switch associating it with the workday. ”

2. Set schedules

One of the most fundamental skills for a worker is knowing how to manage time. At least, if we want to be productive. Tasks should have estimated work hours, with a start time and an end time. If we respect these schedules, the motivation will increase. Furthermore, they are a measure of our efficiency, being able to challenge ourselves.

“It is always important to keep in mind that time is one of the most precious assets we have. And knowing how to handle it and keep it in mind will make your life easier and fuller both inside and outside of work. I have a table that motivates me and makes me a little scared at the same time. It reminds me of how little time we have, and that we have to make the most of it. ”

3. Say goodbye to pajamas

Activate your emotional switches! Some of us have small switches in our brains that are activated when we do some routine activity. For example, getting up, showering, dressing. It's what you did before working from home, right? Little gestures like this, playing sports for 20 minutes or making the bed, activate our minds.

“Although it is good to feel at home at work, you don't want to feel like you are at work when you are at home. Maintaining the habits you have every morning before going to work helps you focus on what matters at all times. Both to focus on work, and to disconnect when you finish doing it. So get dressed, tidy up the room, or do yoga. Any morning routine that distances you from a Sunday morning. ”

4. Planning is the key

Job planning is a must in an office worker. Many times you will work alone, and the time you take will depend only on you. But also, when you work in a group, you must meet certain timelines. Organizing your tasks in a list, with deadlines and progress is essential. If we start the day without clear objectives, chances are that we will not prioritize and the days will go by without seeing concrete results.

“Although the to-do list indeed creates concern and anguish for me, I think that good planning will be the strategy to follow. As a colleague once told me: Attack two of your to-dos and remove them from the list. By marking as completed one after the other, I am convinced that it will generate even more motivation to address the following. ”

5. "Imagine you are in the office"

Fool your mind, it's easier than it sounds. Our home makes the brain create associations. If you are in the kitchen, you will more often consider opening the fridge. Or the living room, which encourages you to lie down on the sofa. We must make an effort to separate the tasks or activities at home from those in the workplace.

“Forget that you are in the tranquility of your home. You have to ignore normal routines at home. For this, it is best to set a routine and follow it, leaving the other tasks that you have to do when you finish working hours. After all, and now more than ever, there is time for everything. ”

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