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!

nat clean your desk day

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!

The High Cost of Multitasking

The High Cost of Multitasking

Multitasking can be a challenge in any professional setting, but is especially prevalent for remote workers. When you’re working from home! Not only is it easy to attempt to multitask work projects, but it’s also fairly simple to slip into the mindset of, “Oh, I can answer these emails while walking the dog/doing dishes/etc.!”

In this wonderful article from the Huffington Post and infographic from Fuze, the costs (mentally and fiscally) are laid out.

The High Cost of Multitasking

by kikikarpus. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

3 Tips to Create a Productive Remote Workspace

3 Tips to Create a Productive Home Workspace

While we do have an office here at Provide, most of our work takes place outside of it– in coffee shops in Kentucky, on the road in Alabama, from a home office in rural upstate New York. Many of our posts detail strategies for successful and efficient remote work in any location, but today, we are going to focus on the quintessential home office.

Remote workers spend the majority of their on-the-job hours in their home offices, so it is important to create this space to be both functional and visually appealing. But why is the visual nature of an office so important? Doesn’t it just need to be a space where  you can get your work done? It may surprise you, but these two things go hand-in-hand. In today’s post, we’ll be covering three important aspects of the remote workspace.

1. Layout
Unless you are strapped for space, it might be beneficial to step away from the traditional cubicle-style workspace. More expansive designs can feel less restrictive to many workers, enabling them to have a more productive space to come up with new ideas.

Home Office Layout

A great example of a non-cubicle remote workspace from Glodnuts Ventures.

2. Decorations 
In the first study on the effects of décor on  productivity, researchers found that factory workers were more productive in brightly-colored workspaces rather than dark, colorless ones. When you are surrounded by things that make you happy and inspired, of course you will find yourself working more efficiently and enthusiastically. The workspace should be a place that you feel comfortable and enjoy being in!

Sarah Cannady, our North Carolina State Coordinator, framed images and words that inspire her for her home office.

Sarah Cannady, our North Carolina State Coordinator, framed images and words that inspire her for her home office.

3. Ergonomics
Spending long hours in an office has the potential to put a strain on your physical health if you do not take ergonomics into consideration. The Mayo Clinic has some great advice on how to set up your workspace for optimum comfort and physical wellness.

Your workspace has an impact on your physical wellness, too! For a closer look at this diagram, check out Nismat.

Your workspace has an impact on your physical wellness, too! For a closer look at this diagram, check out Nismat.

We hope that these tips help you create your ideal home office space! Remember that there is not a universally “perfect” workspace. Each worker is different and will thus be more productive in different kinds of spaces!