More employees are moving to a remote or hybrid role, which inevitably changes how work is done. These productivity hacks will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of remote employees.
Working remotely is far from a new concept, but how remote work is done and how employees communicate has evolved. Without the structure of a commute and sharing a workspace, there is more self-regulation required of a remote worker. But it’s more than start and end time.
How can they minimise distractions at home? What’s the best way to brainstorm with a distributed team?
The volume of remote employees has increased, creating demand for evolution in software and collaboration methods.
Create a plan for the day
No matter where you work, it’s a good idea to go into each day with a general idea of what you need to do. Schedules are often driven by meetings, priorities around projects, ongoing tasks, etc.
Hack 1: Plan your day the night before
Do you know what your priorities are going into each day? Plan out your day the night before, including any personal obligations and even a lunch break, to help you get started faster instead of spending time determining what has to be done in the morning. Going into the day with a plan sets the structural foundation and can impact motivation.
Hack 2: Streamline tracking with time-tracker software
Hourly remote workers can manage their days and work hours with time-tracking software like Moonworkers. You can clock in and out within the app, automatically generate timesheets, and get paid directly.
Create workflows and set reminders
One crucial step to improve productivity is identifying tasks that take too long. What manual tasks fill your time? What tasks are repetitive? Chances are, if you find them time-consuming and repetitive, others have too and have created workflows for them.
Hack 1: Workflows in Slack and Zapier
More and more software integrations are available, making it easier to connect workflows. For example, Zapier has a broad portfolio of applications to help you automate manual tasks like data entry. Slack has a workflow management feature that can be used for reminders, repeat messages and more. You can also schedule slack messages. These are great small hacks to speed up your process, in addition to traditional task management software like Asana, Trello, etc.
Hack 2: Get help
Not all tasks can be automated through software. But if you find yourself doing manual and straightforward tasks, you may benefit from getting external help. For example, Fiverr, outsourcing firms, or freelancers can help open your time for more strategic and complex tasks.