Tips for Telecommuting Efficiently (2)

  • Working from home is not always easy. Here is the second part of tips for teleworking efficiently without going crazy.

  • When we thought about this topic, we realized right away that it would not be worth a single post. That is why we published a first issue of tips for teleworking efficiently knowing that we should expand them with an additional post. Here you go! 

    We continue to move towards productivity with some tasks that you can do today. It may take some time to incorporate them into your routine but, as you do so, you will notice positively the effects of this new work methodology.
  • 5 tips (more) for tele-commuting efficiently

  • We have already discussed the importance of having an adequate and ordered space. We will go over to the importance of the tele-commuting, but in this set of tips we do not want to lose sight of how important working with oneself is. 

    Concepts such as self-care or the importance of physical exercise in our performance are as basic to tele-commuting in a healthy way as maintaining mental hygiene
  • #1 – Devote some time to yourself

  • Before starting the day and begin answering emails, calls, deadlines, deliveries ... before all that, take time for yourself as a person, not as an entrepreneur, friend, son or as a mother or father of a family. A few minutes exclusively for you

    Many people do very well to carry out some type of meditation such as Mindfulness, which helps you become fully aware of yourself and focus on the here and now by clearing your mind of projections and concerns. Although you are not fond of these techniques, it is something that I would recommend that you try (you do not lose anything, right?). 

    But this depends on each one since, perhaps, what helps you the most is having a coffee reading a newspaper or going out on the balcony to breathe fresh air. This is something very personal, but important. 
  • #2 – Say no to work in pajamas

  • Another classic of tele-commuting is to stop wearing clothes with pockets and spend the day wearing a T-shirt and pajama pants or leggings that are old. Ok: it is a temptation and it is comfortable, but in the long run it does not help

    Positive routines help maintain work discipline and not let us end up blurring the limits between office and home. If you have shower when you get up, comb your hair, and get dress just like if you went to work, your own mental state will generate a different predisposition

    You do not have to wear a suit and tie or 10cm heels: you can be comfortable without having to wear a sweatshirt with pellets and plush pajamas. 
  • #3 – Beware of procrastination

  • Do you know this word? It refers to the tendency that all people have to dissipate during the performance of a certain action or activity. 

    This is very common, for example, when we are working on a report and suddenly an Instagram notification comes to our mobile. We stop working for a moment to check it, then we see an ad of something interesting, we go and see that page and we end up in an online newspaper. When you realize, 25 minutes have passed

    Procrastinating is a temptation for everyone even in an office surrounded by people, so being alone and without a boss or colleagues to justify ourselves …
  • #4 – Manage your tasks better

  • When the maelstrom of work starts, it is easy for you to end up jumping from one task to another, putting out fires and, on the way, letting goals out of sight. Each jump involves a readjustment until we adapt to what we are doing. 
  • Our capacity of attention is limited and, from certain amount of time that depends each one, we began to have to excess effort to keep focused on the task. 

    Making lists of what is pending and use other project management tools can help you a lot . In this way, you can manage your time more efficiently and focus on a task each time, but knowing what lies ahead and prioritizing the most important things. 

    Disorder generates a feeling of not being reaching everything that increases stress and dissatisfaction exponentially. 
  • #5 – Do not isolate yourself

  • This is, in my opinion, one of the most important tips for maintaining productivity at tele-commuting, but also a vital balance that influences all aspects of your life. 

    If your home is your office and vice versa, you will spend many hours between those walls. You do not move, you do not have coffee with anyone, you do not discuss the details of work with anyone other than your family (and they do not have to understand what you are talking about, and they already have their own), you do not even talk about the latest fashionable series. 
  • If work does not get you out, you have to be the one to stop doing it by spending some time a day meeting a friend, going to the gym or any other activity that helps you interact with third parties. 

    It is also a good idea to have talks with other professionals with whom you have a relationship, friends or colleagues who have a similar situation, interests and problems. A phone call is fine, but do not rule out attending events and talks either, because at the same time that you enhance your training, you have the opportunity to maintain social relationships
  • What do you think of these tips for tele-commuting efficiently? Do you think they will help you? We hope so!

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Miguel Nicolás

Miguel Nicolás O'Shea is a life-long copywriter (more than 15 years working in agencies) and a specialist in Search Marketing (SEO and PPC). From now on, he will contribute with his online marketing experience to Oleoshop, publishing regularly.

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