8 Productivity Hacks for Remote Workers

8 Productivity Hacks for Remote Workers

We love scouring the web for different tips and tricks on how to be successful at working remotely, so we were naturally thrilled to find Lifehacker’s new article “Eight Proven Strategies for Better Remote Work.” From productivity tools to starting your day off on the right foot, this article walks you through building your own remote work routine to stay happy and productive.

There are many different articles discussing various tactics at boosting your morale and performance while working from home, but this article goes in depth to eight key points, breaking down each one into manageable tasks and examples.

We’re big into evaluation and data at Provide, so one of our favorites on the list is #7: Track and Gamify Your Productivity. But if you’re looking for more of a quick tip, we recommend #4: Keep Your Work and Personal Spaces Separate.

This helps set the frame for improved productivity. When you enter your home office, you don’t expect to take a nap or watch TV. Your brain gets spatially wired to think of the office as the place where work happens.

You get bonus points if you dress up in office attire (or at least something more formal than PJs) when you’re working at home.

Plus, the separation creates a mini “commute.” Simply walking from the bedroom to the office signals that you’re physically moving between work and personal space. Your brain automatically switches into productivity mode when it starts seeing the work area as a place to get things done.

Read the full Lifehacker article here, and don’t forget to leave us a comment letting us know if any of these strategies work for you!

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Routines for Finding Inspiration

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At Provide, we had a chat about the tools and routines we use to assist our remote work. There were some great suggestions, so we’d like to share them here! This is a quick list of resources and routines that we use to help us feel inspired!

3 Things to do Tomorrow Morning
Some of us have found that taking time to write down the first three tasks for the next morning goes a long way. It’s helpful to get the organizational planning done in advance so that the morning is devoted to execution.

Handlists
It’s very tempting to take notes digitally when working remotely, especially to simplify sharing. That said, some of us have found that we feel more organized and inspired when we make the effort to handwrite notes!

Harvard Business Review
This is a very high quality resource that covers a lot of ground for managers!

Manager Tools Podcast
Hosted by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman, this is a great listen for managers looking to become more effective!

Read a Hard Copy of a Local Newspaper
Keeping up with nearby events and news is vital for organizations that need to be culturally competent. Some of our team members find it helpful to establish connections in tangible ways, and reading hard copies of local papers definitely does the trick!

Designing an Inspiring Home Office

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Once the home office is organized, remote workers can really let their creativity out! “5 Tips to Improve Your Home Office Setup” by 1stwebdesigner offers helpful ideas and beautiful photos of workspaces for inspiration! Being able to truly concentrate within the workspace you’ve created for yourself is the first step to increasing work productivity and promoting a healthy work/life balance.