Tips for working remotely
ParkHub's Work From Home Guide
Before we were all working from home to take the precautions needed, ParkHub already had some employees doing so. As we’re all taking the time to adjust to working from home, Amanda, one our Customer Success Managers, wanted to help us succeed. She provided all of us with a list of tips for working remote to ensure our success. We wanted to share that list to make sure you’re getting the most of your work days still.
SET YOUR ALARM
Set your alarm to wake up at least 1 HOUR before you start working. It’s easy (and tempting) to roll out of bed 5 minutes before your first responsibility or meeting, but despite the very convenient commute, you still need to give yourself time to wake up and focus before starting the day.
PUT CLOTHES ON
This might seem obvious but I promise you, it’s not… I have spent many a day in pajamas. I found I am more productive if I change my clothes in the morning (even if it’s just into another pair of pajamas). It’s helpful to have that transition in your mind.
HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE
This is not unique to just working from home, but it’s important to have a daily routine – let the dog out, make coffee, drink a big glass of cold water, stretch for 15 minutes, etc. Do the same thing every day before you even think about checking emails or Slack.
WRITE OUT A TO DO LIST
Working remotely gives you a lot of flexibility, which is not always a good thing. To provide some needed structure, write a list of to-dos for the day and cross things off as you complete them.
DESIGNATE A WORK SPACE
Just like working in your pajamas, it’s easy to work from your couch or bed – don’t do that. Having a designated and distraction free working space will create a shift in your mind and help you stay productive.
TAKE ACTIVITY BREAKS
When you’re in an office, you naturally get up and walk around throughout the day to visit a coworker, grab a snack, leave for lunch, etc. You may not do these things working remotely because everything is so close to you. Taking planned breaks throughout your day to do an activity – take a short walk, do the dishes, do 20 sit ups – anything to get your blood flowing. This will help you feel more productive, energized, and focused.
Keep talking and collaborating! It requires extra effort to reach out to coworkers, but keep doing it. We work best when we work together… and it keeps you sane.