The Essential Guide to Remote Work

Posted by / January 12, 2017

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Chances are you’ve heard tell of the “Remote Work Revolution.” Needless to say, Digital Nomadism and telework are radically changing how individuals and teams collaborate. But if you think remote work is just for millennial freelancers and solopreneurs, think again!

Just the Facts, Ma’am

The latest statistics show that 50% of the US workforce hold jobs compatible with at least partial telework, and 20-25% of the workforce teleworks frequently. On top of that, the vast majority of workers, upwards of 90%, say they would like to work remotely at least part-time.

“But aren’t remote workers mostly made up of millennials and the newfangled Generation Z? I heard most of them are struggling freelancers and individual contractors?”

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The facts say it’s no kick, Joe! As a whole, U.S. employees are already more mobile than ever before, working away from their desk 50-60% of the time. The phenomenon of remote work affects every major industry sector, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies.

Why the Rise of Remote Work?

It may surprise you to know that the average telecommuter is 49 years old, college-educated, and earns a salary of $58,000 at a company with more than 100 employees. 75% of employees working from home earn over $65,000 a year. Contrary to what you might expect, the demographics of remote work indicate that remote workers as a whole are hardly struggling. Most, in fact, are thriving.

 

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There’s more to employment than salary, of course. But surveys show remote teams feel happier, more valued, and more productive. And remote work has strong benefits for employers, too. Thanks to the global connectivity brought about by the Digital Age, employers don’t have to be restricted by local talent shortages. They can take advantage of talent around the world, with the help of technology and strategies that help them to manage remote teams just as effectively as they manage in-house employees.

Remote work is especially cost-effective for startups and small businesses who don’t really need a brick-and-mortar establishment to operate effectively. When you consider the rising real estate prices in many major cities, remote work looks like a pretty solid option for companies on tight budgets. Remote work also cuts down on the need for office supplies compared to traditional work environments.

We aren’t the first ones to notice this. By hiring partially or entirely remotely, employers can save hundreds of dollars a month that they’d otherwise spend on travel costs, general overhead, and employee attrition. But with the benefits of remote work come unique challenges for management and employees alike. Luckily, new technology allows remote teams to collaborate and communicate as easily and effectively as they could in a traditional office environment—often at a lower cost.

The Challenges of Remote Work

Although employees are happier and more productive when they have the freedom to work remotely at least part-time, they have to compensate for the lack of face-to-face communication in order to stay effective. Remote workers require more clearly defined goals and objectives to stay on task, and they still need to be able to collaborate with the rest of their team in real time.

These challenges are very real, but not insurmountable. Remote work has only become so popular because of the arrival of tools and technologies that make it easy to collaborate from any distance. Many of the best collaboration tools are free or inexpensive enough to be a no-brainer. With so many easy-to-use and cost-effective solutions, here’s never been a better time for businesses to invest in remote work.

We’ve identified some of the best tools and technologies to help remote teams stay connected, keep each other on task, and collaborate more effectively. Some of these are “freemium” products, which is great if you want better collaboration on a budget. Others require more investment, but that money is a well-spent investment if you want to ensure your remote team’s success.

Still, the most important factor isn’t price—it’s commitment. No technology will replace the necessary investment of time and energy it takes to create a culture of collaboration. Beyond processes and strategies, effective teams unite around common priorities. The tools below will certainly help you out, but only if your team commits to the ongoing process of assessing and adjusting to what works best for your team.

Two Essential Tools for Instant Communication

Video Teleconferencing

The hardest part about remote work isn’t the temptation to stay in your pajamas. Don’t get us wrong—that temptation is strong (for some, it’s also a legitimate perk). But no, the real challenge for remote workers is maintaining face-to-face communication.

A healthy work environment requires the right amount of face-time. Traditional work environments have face-time in spades, but more is not always better. The trend towards open-space offices has actually made it harder for employees to be effective. Sure, it’s nice to be able to take chat breaks around the water cooler. But without privacy and proper sound management, open offices and even traditional workspaces make it difficult for employees to concentrate on important tasks come crunch-time.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the benefits of real-time face-to-face communication and the privacy and freedom of working from home?

That’s why video conferencing makes the top of our list! Today’s video conferencing solutions are a lifesaver for remote workers. Video conferencing makes it easy for you to meet face-to-face with anyone via any connected device. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, sitting outside your favorite coffee shop, or on the road—if you’ve got an internet connection, you’re all set.

There are plenty of free video conferencing solutions out there. The big ones are Hangouts (offered by a little company called Google) and Skype (from another little company called Microsoft). Cisco’s Webex and Citrix’s GoToMeeting also have free tiers you can and should explore.

But many small to medium-sized businesses may find free video conferencing solutions to be too limiting. Enterprise solutions offered by Cisco and Polycom are the big dogs for a reason. You can’t really go wrong with either, depending on your needs and your budget.

Personally, we recommend the video conferencing software that we use every day: StarLeaf Breeze. StarLeaf recently won Frost & Sullivan’s Video Conferencing Industry Leadership Award, and for good reason. Here’s why we think you’ll love them:

  • Their software interface is user-friendly. As in you’ll actually enjoy using it.  
  • You can connect from any device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop PC) to any device, regardless of OS.
  • Interoperability. That’s a fancy way of saying StarLeaf plays nice with other video conferencing software and third-party endpoints.
  • Extreme flexibility. As a cloud-based conferencing solution, StarLeaf gives you scalable, secure, and reliable conferencing with high-quality video and audio—all powered by the cloud (which is a not-so-fancy way of saying a worldwide array of data centers entirely developed and managed by StarLeaf to provide you with the fastest, most reliable service possible).
  • Thanks to StarLeaf’s global presence and rapid support, you’re always ready to connect at a moment’s notice.
  • Perhaps best of all, StarLeaf puts their money where their mouth is by offering new users a free 30-day trial. Who doesn’t love free, right?

 


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StarLeaf has become even more versatile with the recent addition of Click-to-Call, a WebRTC-based feature that makes their video conferencing solution even more versatile. Click-to-Call is natively supported on Chrome and Firefox and available on Internet Explorer and Safari via a free browser extension. With Click-to-Call, guests can connect to a StarLeaf video call directly from their browser without needing any additional StarLeaf hardware or software.

You can easily embed the Click-to-Call link into your website, service kiosk, and other touch points like your CRM or HR systems. Need a more robust integration? StarLeaf’s Cloud APIs allow developers to embed a video conferencing connection into custom applications. With Click-to-Call, Starleaf has become one of the most accessible and easy-to-use video conferencing solutions on the market.

But enough bragging! The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Give StarLeaf a go for yourself and see what you think.

Whether you end up going with StarLeaf or with another provider, face-to-face communication is mission-critical for remote teams. That’s why we think video conferencing will be the best tool in your remote collaboration arsenal.

Summary: Video conferencing is THE essential tool for remote workers, and StarLeaf is our video conferencing platform of choice.

Slack

Has anyone not heard of Slack? Maybe not. But just in case, we have to include it.

Slack, a popular and free messaging tool, is genuinely fun and easy to use. The only downside? It’s a little addictive.

Internet critics express mixed feelings about Slack. There’s a bad way to use it—just as there’s a wrong way to swing a hammer. But the productivity you can achieve with Slack far outweighs the risk. More than a tool to replace email (although it’s certainly great for that), Slack is a powerful tool for pulling all of your team’s core processes into a single integrated channel.

There are too many integrations to mention here, but you should check out Slack’s app directory for yourself. Whether you want to connect a CRM, project management app, or a storage service like DropBox or Google Drive, Slack makes it easy to centralize your workflow and conversations.

Besides, email is so done, you guys…

Joking aside, the possibilities with Slack really are impressive. The only downside is that you can, in fact, integrate too much. So don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by all the possibilities and features. Strike a productive balance by starting small. For example, if you’ve scheduled a weekly marketing conversation, you may find Slack is a much better tool than your email client for brainstorming and getting rapid feedback.

 

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Summary: For teams that need constant communication, Slack’s instant messaging and third-party integrations are hard to beat. Give it a try and see what all the fuss is about!


Project Management

One of the biggest challenges for remote workers is staying on task with the team as a whole. Here are some of the top apps, both free and paid, that make it easy to manage teams and projects from anywhere.

Asana

Asana calls itself “the easiest way for teams to track their work—and get results.” Sure, it’s a big claim, but this tool walks the walk. Asana brings tasks, projects, conversations together, allowing teams to easily track progress and measure results from a single dashboard.

With a free account, you can assign members and due dates to specific tasks, manage collaborators, communicate on projects, and more. The premium tier allows for even more features and support. Best of all, Asana has dozens of integrations that allow you to easily collect tasks and manage projects that rely on third-party apps.

 

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Trello

Although it has similar capabilities to Asana and other project management apps, Trello takes a unique approach. Trello is laser-focused on simplicity and customization, but that means less hand-holding than its competitors. With Trello, users drag-and-drop boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and tasks.

Like most project management apps, Trello has plenty of third-party integrations—including the ability to connect with Slack and even Asana via a third-party integration from Zapier. Trello is free to use, with a paid tier for more features and flexibility. And if you’re stuck or confused at first, they’ve got plenty of great example boards on their inspiration page.

 

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BIM

Autodesk’s BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a game-changing project management tool that brings together architectural, engineering, and construction plans in a single collaboration hub. With BIM, construction teams can easily work together in real time with 3D models of design plans through every stage of a project. Teams use Bim to share and work on unified, consistent data and precise visuals—whether at the desk or out in the field.

With BIM, multidisciplinary construction teams can:

  • Operate more productively
  • Produce higher quality work
  • Attract more and better talent
  • Reduce costly errors and waste

It’s hard to overstate the power of BIM. Real-time updates across teams help combat delays, reduce waste, and lead to fewer errors—which ultimately means significant cost reduction. Want to compare design iterations and see alternatives in context? BIM does that. Wish you could be more proactive in finding and solving problems when managing a large project? Thanks to integration with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, BIM lets you see and react immediately to real-time data.

Whether you’re a building owner, general contractor, architect, or facilities manager, you should look into BIM. It has serious potential to set a new baseline of efficiency for distributed construction teams.

 

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Cloud-Based Storage and File Sharing

Every team can benefit from better content management, but remote workers in particular need to easily save and share work from any location. Cloud-based storage apps allow you to collaborate from any device, which makes it easier to remote teams stay on task and up-to-date. There are lots of cloud storage options, but we’ll look at three of the best.

The biggest practical difference between these apps is the amount of storage you can get at each price tier. All of these and similar apps are generally pretty user-friendly, but there are variations among their interfaces. When you can, you should try out the free tier to get a feel for the user experience before committing to a paid plan.

Google Drive

With Chrome, Android, and a variety of both free and paid web services and apps, Google has become as much synonymous with mobile connectivity as online search. And as far as freemium products go, Google Drive is hard to beat.

New Google Drive users get a whopping 15 GB of storage absolutely free. Compare that to OneDrive’s 5 GB, Dropbox’s 2 GB, and iCloud’s 5 GB. It’s easy to see why Google is at the top of this list.

Beyond sheer volume of storage, Google Drive also offers versioning for all files, unlimited bandwidth, and lightning-fast syncing across all devices (disclaimer: we have not in fact physically measured the difference in speed between Google Drive and lightning. But Google Drive syncs fast. Really fast.)

In addition to giving you more free space than any other major cloud storage app, Google also offers Docs—Google’s own cloud-based software for creating, editing, and collaborating on files. With Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Google gives you powerful free alternatives to the Microsoft Office suite. You can even use Google Forms as a free alternative to paid survey and form-building apps like SurveyMonkey and Wufoo. With the one-two punch of collaboration and storage, Google stands out as a serious contender at everyone’s favorite price point: absolutely free.

For small teams on a budget, Google’s free tier may have all you need. But their paid programs are just as impressive. You can get 100 GB on Google Drive for $2 a month, or 1 TB of storage for only $10 a month. The price wasn’t always this good, but thanks to some old-fashioned market competition (Thanks again, DropBox!) you can now scale up your Drive storage on the cheap when you outgrow the free tier. For larger storage needs, We recommend referencing the updated list of Google Drive storage pricing.

 

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DropBox

As we mentioned in the last section, DropBox had a significant impact on the storage/file-sharing market, even influencing Google’s pricing structure. DropBox doesn’t offer as much storage for free (the limit is 2 GB), but it also offers 1 TB of storage at less than $10 a month (as of now, the price is $8.25). You can also earn more free storage through DropBox’s referral program, which is a nice plus.

The real benefits of DropBox are in the execution. Both the desktop and mobile app interfaces are elegant and easy to use. DropBox has apps for just about every operating system, allowing for effortless file synchronization between your device and the cloud. Whether you need to collaborate on files with your team or share cloud-hosted content with clients and partners, DropBox is easy to install and even easier to use.

As with Google, DropBox lets you see previous versions and manage or restore deleted files within a reasonable time-frame. DropBox also supports real-time collaboration for Office Online users, so you and your team can simultaneously access your files and track edits in real-time.

Their business plans are great for small/medium-sized businesses, with unlimited storage and advanced collaboration and admin tools for $12.50/user/month (starting at 5 users). DropBox’s paid plans also come with dedicated support and advanced security, so you can work together in the cloud without worrying if your data is safe.

You can decide for yourself whether DropBox is right for you by trying their unpaid plan. Or take the Pro or Business tier for a free 30-day spin. The value of DropBox might not quite beat Google Drive, but we use them both regularly. If you’re thinking of purchasing one or the other, it’s worth it to try both of them out first and see which works best for you!

 

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Amazon Prime Storage

Amazon Cloud Drive is another great option for cloud-based file management. Not only does Amazon offer unlimited storage of videos, music, documents, and more for only $60 a year, they also have free mobile apps so you can access your files from any device.

Amazon’s Cloud Drive lets you:

  • Store and access all of your files from any device
  • Rest easy knowing that your data reliably backed up and secure
  • Free up space on your phone by hosting photos and videos in the cloud
  • Organize your photos, videos, and other documents
  • Automatically backup your most essential files

In addition to Cloud Drive, Amazon offers unlimited photo storage for Prime users with Amazon Prime Photos. Prime Photos also comes with 5 GB for videos, music, and other files, all accessible with free apps for nearly any device. If you already have a Prime membership, don’t forget take advantage of all the storage that comes with it!

 

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In-Person Content Sharing

Remote work doesn’t eliminate the need to share and collaborate over content in person. For remote teams, face-to-face meetings may happen only occasionally—but that makes them even more important to get right.

If you work remotely, you need tools that will help you connect and share mission-critical content easily and intuitively. Here are a few of our favorites:

Barco Clickshare

ClickShareFamilySpreadjpg.jpgBarco ClickShare is the easiest way to bring people, content, and ideas together. Your team can easily visualize, analyze, and collaborate over mission critical data in three easy steps: just plug in, click, and share.

ClickShare is intuitive, easy to use, and dependable. There’s no training required, so your guests have nothing to worry about. Whether you’re sharing audio, video, pictures, or documents, ClickShare makes it simple. Best of all, you can use it from any device and there’s no additional software required. 

 

You can use both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands to connect multiple devices to a central presentation screen. Extend your desktop for presentations, or collaborate over multiple connected devices, all without messy wires or lengthy setups.

We love ClickShare and use it all the time. You can visit the website or download the full product brochure to find out more! 

Extron ShareLink

sharelink250.gifThe Extron ShareLink 250 Series Wireless Collaboration Gateway enables anyone to present content from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet on a shared display. ShareLink turns any room into a collaboration space by providing simultaneous content presentation from up to four personal devices.

 

ShareLink comes in two models—one wireless and one network-only. The ShareLink 250 W includes an integrated dual-band wireless access point. This allows you to create a stand-alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless capabilities to a more traditional wired solution. The ShareLink 200 N, which doesn’t include a WAP, works together with a facility’s existing wireless network.

The professional capabilities of the ShareLink 250 W and 200 N models provide easy integration of mobile devices into meeting and huddle rooms, interactive collaborative spaces, and larger presentation environments.

You can find the full features and integrations list on Extron’s website.

Kramer VIA Connect PRO

kramer-via-connect-pro.jpgKramer VIA Connect Pro is a wireless collaboration and presentation solution that makes sharing and presenting in meetings easier. With any PC, laptop, or connected mobile device, users can view, edit, and annotate documents in real time. You can also share files and chat with one team member or all of your team simultaneously.

 

VIA Connect PRO can show up to four screens on the main display. Meeting participants can view the main display on any connected device. From there, you can edit documents together in real time, share files, use the main display as a digital whiteboard, and more. VIA Connect PRO features iOS mirroring for MacBook, iPad, iPhone, Windows phone and Android mirroring (with Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer).

You can find the full list of features on Kramer’s website.

Remote Content Sharing

Sharing content remotely doesn’t have to be more difficult than sharing in person. With modern communications technology, you can set up a virtual meeting space at the drop of a hat. Here are some of our favorite tools for setting up virtual meetings where you and your team can collaborate over content remotely:

StarLeaf Breeze

No, we didn’t accidentally include StarLeaf twice. In addition to making it easy to have face-to-face conversations with your team at a distance, StarLeaf Breeze also makes it easy to share content during any video conference. Need to send video mail or share your desktop screen with meeting participants? It’s easy with Breeze. Need to connect with non-Starleaf endpoints? Click-to-call makes it super simple.

 

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That’s why StarLeaf is our favorite—not only do they do video conferencing right, they make it easy to set up a complete virtual meeting on the fly with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Check out StarLeaf’s website or download their product brochure for more information.

Citrix GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is a one-click virtual meeting platform that makes it easy for remote teams to collaborate instantly. Video conferencing is a part of that virtual meeting experience, but remote content sharing and real-time collaboration are just as important. GoToMeeting brings it all together in one easy-to-use, cloud-based solution.

GoToMeeting allows you to meet in an instant or schedule new or recurring meetings in advance. You can quickly launch a meeting from a variety of locations—including Microsoft Office, email, and messaging tools on your Mac, PC, Chromebook, Linux, or mobile device.

Where GoToMeeting really excels is in remote collaboration and content sharing. You can easily broadcast a view of your desktop, hand over control of your keyboard/mouse, share and annotate files, and even create a virtual whiteboard where all participants can collaborate remotely.

 

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GoToMeeting offers a free trial, so
head on over to their website to find more information or to give it a spin!

WebEx

WebEx is another great solution for remote teams in need of an all-in-one virtual meeting platform. WebEx integrates content sharing and collaboration features with a powerful, intuitive, and secure cloud-based video conferencing software.

WebEx Meetings automatically create dedicated meeting spaces that help streamline tasks and make content sharing easy. You can store and access meeting agendas, participant lists, and related documents from one central and convenient location. WebEx also has instant message capabilities, so you can easily chat with coworkers. And meeting spaces help sustain your team’s momentum when the meeting is done by keeping important information—meeting notes, action items, and recordings—synchronized across all participants and devices.

By using WebEx meeting spaces, along with the integrated file sharing capabilities, to manage and edit documents in real-time, you can worry less about making sure everyone is on the same page and focus more on the meeting itself.

 

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There’s lots more to say about WebEx, but the features are fully documented in this downloadable brochure and on the WebEx site. As with StarLeaf and GoToMeeting, WebEx offers a free trial, so check it out for yourself!

Time Tracking

When working remotely, it’s even more important to be accountable for the time you spend on your work. Whether you work hourly as a freelancer or are a salaried employee, time tracking apps can help you be more productive and visualize the time you spend on projects. Here are some of the best time tracking apps you should consider:

TopTracker

TopTracker is a relative newcomer to the time tracking game, but it’s already become a favorite of freelancers and remote workers who want to easily track their time for free. TopTracker comes with lots of awesome features, including:

  • Timed screenshots
  • Activity-level tracking
  • Freelance platform agnostic
  • Full privacy for users (blurred screenshots, settings, etc.)
  • Totally free to use

TopTracker is a centralized project hub that’s effortless and free. With additional privacy features and detailed reporting at our favorite price point (free!), TopTracker is our personal favorite and recommended choice for anyone looking for a flexible, high-quality time tracking software. Find out more and give it a try today!

Toggl

Toggl is built for speed and ease of use. Designed to be so simple that you’ll actually like using it, Toggl strives to “drive a stake in the heart of timesheets.”

With Toggl, time tracking is as easy as one click. The app is ideal for teams who want to boost productivity, create attractive reports, and have transparent billing. You can use Toggl on any device, create unlimited projects, and even track your time offline.

Toggl offers a basic plan for teams of 5 or fewer, which is always free. Have a larger team or need more features than the basic plan? You can view all the premium options on Toggl’s pricing page. You’ll find a full list of the features on their website as well.

Hours

Hours makes real-time tracking easy by keeping a running list of timers that you can switch between with one tap. You can segment your team’s data and see visualize insights that show your data in ways you have never seen it before. And with the timeline features, you can easily account for every hour of work. Find mistakes? No problem! You can quickly adjust the timeline by simply dragging the start or end time of a time block.

The new Hours platform includes team features, transforming Hours from a personal tracking app to a service that the whole team can use to track, analyze, and report time. Best of all, you can use Hours on any device. Find out more about the app on the Hours website.

How to Stay Productive as a Remote Worker

 

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While there’s no question that the tools we’ve looked at so far can enhance your workflow, no app or technology can make you more productive on its own. The best strategy combines technical tools and skills with so-called “soft skills” which, while not flashy, are key to your success.

Plan to Work When You Are Most Effective

One of the core problems with the traditional nine-to-five workday is that not everyone is most productive at the same time of day. Luckily, remote workers can choose to work when they have higher energy levels and ability to focus. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark, plan your day according to what works best for you!

Most people experience a dip in energy levels in the afternoon, particularly after lunch. That’s normal, so don’t be too hard on yourself. If you need a thirty-minute nap in the afternoon, just include that in your plan. You may find it’s better to give yourself an extra hour in the morning, or you might work later into the afternoon. When you’re working remotely, the only wrong way to plan your day is not to plan at all.

No matter what time of day suits you best, maximize your productivity by getting your most important and energy-intensive tasks done when you’re at your peak. Start today! Track when your energy dips and jumps, and use that to manage yourself better going forward.

Your Work Environment Matters

Everyone has different ideas of the ideal work environment, but one thing is certain—your surroundings matter. A lot.

Do you need total silence, or do you work better with background noise? Do you work better when the room is a certain temperature? Do you prefer having music on while you work, or do you find yourself singing along instead of getting work done?

Again, there is no wrong work environment. There is only what works best for you. Don’t underestimate the impact that small changes to your environment can have on your productivity. If you’re like me, five minutes of decluttering your workstation will do wonders for your mental focus. Eliminate as many distractions as you can, and foster a more productive workplace in whatever way you can—whether that means adjusting the noise, physical space, or even the lighting in your room. A few minutes spent optimizing your environment can be surprisingly effective.

Manage Your Time (and Tasks)

The biggest key to productivity is effective time management. When you work remotely, it’s even more critical to experiment with how you approach your tasks to find a system that works best for you. More autonomy can lead to more procrastination, so resist the temptation and give yourself a dose of self-discipline as soon as possible!

One of the best strategies to avoid procrastination is to break up your goals and tasks into smaller chunks. This allows you to focus on the most important part of task management: actually getting started. When you break up larger tasks into smaller steps, they’re less overwhelming. Make it easier on yourself by focusing on those smaller, easier to implement tasks when your energy and focus are at their lowest.

In addition to breaking up large tasks into smaller chunks, you can be more productive if you set challenges for yourself. Creating a deadline for yourself is a sure-fire way to increase your focus. Start small by making a challenge out of one of your daily tasks, and you might be surprised how much more productive you’ll be.

The most surprising benefit of increasing your productivity is that it feels good. Really good. Be kind to future-you by getting started today!

Striking a Healthy Work/Life Balance

There’s no questioning the benefits of remote work. Remote workers are often happier, healthier, and generally more satisfied with their work. Many people thrive in a more autonomous environment, especially creatives and introverts.

But it’s critical to avoid the burnout that comes from working at home. If you aren’t careful, you may quickly find there’s little to no separation between your home life and your work life. Having more autonomy is great, but you shouldn’t sacrifice your personal well-being for the sake of your job. Not only is it unhealthy for you individually, it can be detrimental to your productivity and put a strain on your team.

So while we hope this guide has given you some tools and strategies to make you more productive while working remotely, we want to leave you with a note of caution: don’t let your work take over your personal life. Remote work shouldn’t lead to more work, and it certainly shouldn’t lead to work taking over your life. But it can, if you let it.

Even though you could stay in your PJs and work from the bedroom, that doesn’t mean you should. It’s important to have spaces that are designated for rest alone. And it’s important to create a space just for work. It doesn’t matter where you work—a coffee shop, a library, or a desk at home—so long as you don’t let work creep into every corner of your life.

Final Thoughts

Thank you so much for reading! We hope this guide is helpful for anyone thinking about hiring or working remotely. If you’d like more hands-on assistance with achieving better collaboration, feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to help you find the right technology solutions for your team!

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