7 ways to make remote working work for you

Increasingly professionals are telecommuting, working from home instead of at the office. Below are seven tips for remaining productive and for making remote working work for you:

1. Get out of bed as if you're going to commute. Whether you’re heading to the office or to the dining table to work, follow the same routine: Get up at 7am, go for a morning walk, shower and get dressed. Since you’re cutting out the commute, perhaps start your day earlier and get a jumpstart on emails and that to-do list.

2. Wear what you want. Many sources encourage remote workers to dress as if they're going to the office, however, unless you're going to be on camera (for a video conference or Google Hangout), wear whatever makes you comfortable.

3. Keep the lines of communication open. A sound piece of advice to follow is that no one should be able to tell that you're not physically in the office. This means your colleagues and other business contacts should be able to reach you when and how they normally would. So, before you brew your first cup of coffee, open Outlook and forward your office phone to your mobile so that people can email or call you.

4. Create a quiet zone. If conference calls are part of your work regimen, make sure you have a quiet place to take them. Basically you want to avoid hosting a call from home and suddenly have your dog barking down the line.

5. Remember to take a lunch break. Remember, your productivity and creativity can suffer if you sit in front of your computer for too long. Run an errand or spend a little time in the kitchen midway through the day to stretch your legs and refresh your mind.

6. Keep track of time. Most remote working programs are designed to help employees achieve better work/life balance – so make sure you're reaping the rewards. While it's easy to work well into the night when you're in the comfort of your own home, avoid it. And, if your start day 20 minutes ahead of schedule, give yourself the option to wrap up 20 minutes earlier at the end of the day.

7. Don't work off-site all the time. It may be convenient to work from home, but there is simply no substitute for in-person interaction. To avoid losing touch with your team, limit remote working to one or two days a week. If you happen to work off-site full-time, try to visit the main office on occasion.

Do you have any tips for remote working? Share them with us in the comments below.

This post originally appeared as 7 Ways to Make Remote Working Work for You on the Robert Half Creative Group blog.

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