The quarantine period forced many employees to discover remote work. For people who have never worked on freelance or at home it become a real challenge. They felt that working at home is not a vacation, but many tasks require much more time than in office mode.
We made some tips of how to create an effective weekly work schedule that will allow you to complete tasks, manage multiple projects and maintain a balance between work and personal life.
Set the timeline of your work day. Without social signals to leave the office at the end of the day, many remote employees work longer and have less time for privacy.
Talk with your superiors and colleagues about your work schedule so your team can know when you are available. To mark working and non-working hours, you can use a variety of planning programs.
Each job has several weekly responsibilities that must be performed regularly. To isolate these responsibilities from projects that require more time, set aside a separate period for it and mark for yourself.
For example, it can be email verification or monitoring competitors. Do not spend more time on regular duties than it should if your resource is required to close other urgent tasks.
Sometimes it takes an hour or more of continuous time to ensure that a particular task is meticulously completed. The temptation to check emails and respond to messages can distract from work and slow down its performing.
Because of this, it is worth planning the time to complete the main task, as well as the time it takes to create a project, such as content strategies or publications. This helps maintain a balance between chores and unexpected tasks.
Another problem is the disconnection from the team and the lack of visibility of the company. To avoid these barriers, plan regular one-on-one virtual coffee conversations with colleagues.
Being a remote employee, regular meetings help to get to know your team better, keep abreast and get valuable information that cannot be obtained at large virtual meetings of the team.
Remote work is constantly tempting to get up 15 minutes before the start of the working day. But as practice shows, the morning routine that people do before they get to the office helps them tune in to the work day.
So, working remotely, take time before starting work for yourself. Watch the series, read a book, do exercises, just do something that will cheer you up for the whole day.
In addition to time for morning self-care, you should also be aware of breaks after diving on a working day.
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Plan your necessary meetings at the beginning of the week. If there is a need and opportunity, take one or two days to fully meet, thereby freeing up the rest of the week.
This will give you the opportunity to work on your tasks and projects, completely concentrating on them, on days off from meetings.
If you are a very organized person, it can be difficult to avoid planning every second of your day, but for the sake of teamwork you need to leave unplanned space in your calendar.
Having done this, you will have a certain space for “maneuver”. You will not be knocked out of the schedule by an unexpected task, and if a project requires a little more time than you expected, then you will have it.