How to work remotely without losing your mind

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If 40 hours a week (or more) are spent at work, your work environment matters a great deal. Knowing this, younger job seekers are seeking out jobs that give them remote working opportunities. In fact, 68% of millennials say their interest in a job would increase greatly if it offered remote working opportunities, according to a study by AfterCollege. It makes total sense: you cut the hideous commute and associated costs, you’re working literally in your comfort zone and you get to stay in your PJs all day (if that’s what you’re into). Employers often like it too: studies have found that productivity increases as distractions such as office gossip are taken away.

But it’s not all good news. Anyone who has ever worked from home can tell you that it can be lonely, ridden with distractions of your own making, and put you at severe risk of cabin fever. So how do you ensure you get the positives of remote working without the negatives?

  1. Get organised. You need to be more organised, not less, if you’re working from home part or all of the week. Having a (realistic) list of things you want to do that day means you’re more likely to focus.
  2. Create an ‘office’. Whether it’s in a home office, the kitchen table, or a corner of a coffee shop, get your work environment comfy and professional(ish). We PROMISE this will create a better standard of work than lying on the sofa/bed with laptop precariously balanced.
  3. Give yourself some flexibility. It can be tempting to stick to strict office hours in order to avoid distractions and temptations – but a little flexibility goes a long way. Taking a walk in the middle of the day, seeing a friend for a coffee or fitting in a gym session will probably help your productivity levels when you get back to work.
  4. Spend time with colleagues. If you work remotely all of the time, it will help to see people in a professional context when you get the opportunity. Attending meetings, going to after-work events or even using Google Hangouts will usually stave off loneliness while increasing your motivation and enjoyment of your job.
  5. Keep track of your accomplishments. Staying motivated while not having the more regular feedback an office environment provides can be tough. Try making a list of the day’s achievements at the end of every day.

Like the sound of a job working from home? Why not apply to some!

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