Choose a dedicated workspace tailored to your needs.
- Set up your laptop, desk and chair with all essentials within reach.
- Ensure you have correct lighting, are an appropriate distance from screen, have adequate seat support, and appropriate noise and temperature levels. Preferably sit next to a window.
Create a mental boundary between home and work life.
- Create ‘work triggers’, for example, set your alarm, make coffee, shower and get dressed.
- Make sure the family knows you’re working and don’t want to be disturbed.
Structure your day.
- Establish a definite start and finishing time each day. Avoid the ‘always on’ mindset.
- Set goals daily and segment what you’ll do and when. Identify the times when you’re most productive.
- Reward yourself with short breaks.
- Leave spare time in your schedule, where possible, for unexpected tasks.
Know and manage your distractions.
- Remove social media networks from your browser shortcuts, for example.
Get familiar with digital tools and technology. Use technology to stay effective and connected.
Working remotely gives flexibility, but it also requires flexibility – so be prepared to adapt your structure
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR MANAGERS
- Use collaboration tools for project management and video conferencing.
- Understand your team and facilitate connection with them and among them.
- Measure your team’s productivity.
- Document your processes.