Working Remotely = Working Productively

Working Remotely = Working Productively

We’ve spoken a great deal on Remote Justice about how working remotely can be a major boost to productivity for many workers. A new study from Flexjobs.com found that only 7% of workers felt most productive in the office– leaving a whopping 93% open to the productivity that comes to working remotely from home, a coffee shop, or elsewhere out of the office. We’ve had the qualitative evidence, but this study brings some quantitative evidence into the mix.

Forbes summarizes these findings with a few other stats about the benefits of remote work, including why people find working remotely to be more productive and how the option for remote work makes employers more desirable for potential employees.

The Forbes article also quotes remote worker Brie Reynolds, “Another critical point is the ‘snowball effect’– the more people work remotely, the more companies become comfortable with the concept and therefore allow more people to work remotely. It’s a cycle that supports growth.”

What are your thoughts on remote work and productivity? Leave a comment for us!

Maximizing Productivity by Organizing Your Workweek

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Guess what? You can maximize productivity simply by re-organizing your workweek.

Jeremiah Dillon, the head of product marketing at Google, released an email on Fast Company in December that he sent to his staff on productivity.

He stresses that energy levels follow a pattern each week and breaks down how you can plan your week accordingly to maximize all you get done during the week:

Monday: Energy ramps out of the weekend — schedule low-demand tasks like setting goals, organizing, and planning.

Tuesday, Wednesday: Peak of energy — tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm, schedule your Make Time.

Thursday: Energy begins to ebb — schedule meetings, especially when consensus is needed.

Friday: Lowest energy level — do open-ended work, long-term planning, and relationship building.

We don’t know about you, but we’re heading off to re-arrange our schedules!

Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

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Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day, Remote Justice readers! Yes, you read that right. Apparently there is an entire day in January dedicated to clearing up your workspace to make room for a productive new year.

Keeping a dedicated space for your work is imperative for productivity– and so is keeping that space clean! So, in spirit of this holiday, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite tips to help you get organized!

  1. Use a three-tray system for organizing your papers— Important, To File, and To Read. This minimizes the space that your papers take up on your desk but also leave them accessible to you throughout your work day.
  2. Make your own desk tray to organize your supplies! You can purchase these from office supply stores, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money and want to add a personalized touch to your space, check out this great list of different DIY trays!
  3. Hide the cords cluttering up your space. Your line of vision will be clearer and will help you get into more of a work headspace. Click here to find out how one woman tamed her office cords.
  4. Lacking space but need storage? Check out this ingenious way to create floating bookshelves that will fit in narrow spaces!

Do you have any other tips on how to keep a clean remote work space? Let us know in the comments!

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!

Tools for Remote Sharing

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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 tools that simplify how we share information!

Evernote
Evernote makes sharing notes easy, whether the notes are typed or handwritten!

Google Docs
Collaboration is incredibly simple with Google Docs. Seriously, if you’re not using it for your projects, start now!

Google Slides
Similar to Google Docs, this is a must when creating slideshows!

GroupMe
Stay in touch with your colleagues with GroupMe — you don’t even need the app to use it!

Skype
For large meetings, we use other tools, but Skype is still essential for quick catching up.

Tools to Simplify Remote Work

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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 tools that make keeping track of different accounts, tasks, and events much easier!

1Password
This helps us secure our logins, travel documents, and other sensitive information in one safe place.

eWallet
This is another helpful tool for storing passwords and is available on a variety of platforms.

Google Now
This keeps us prepared for the weather, aware of local traffic delays, and in the know about area events! This is extremely useful for organizations that want to acquire cultural proficiency.

Sunrise
A great tool that integrates appointments and reminders from a large number of sources.

Todoist
For collaborative tasks, Todoist is a must! One great premium feature is the ability to color code projects.

TripIt
Those who travel for work know that keeping track of the necessary documents can be a nightmare. No longer the case with TripIt!

Wunderlist
Another great app for keeping track of tasks. Users can share lists and easily sort items in a number of ways!