6 Best Remote Productivity Tips to Better Work from Home

Working remotely can be a dream.

That is, until you’re sitting at home and realize you’ve wasted your whole morning without getting anything done.

That’s the pitfall: You’re your own supervisor, but that doesn’t mean you’re qualified for it.

Or at least, not yet.

It’s surprisingly easy to make yourself more productive while you work from home, and if you follow the tips below, you’ll find out exactly why so many are choosing to do this kind of work.

 

Set a schedule and form a routine

Working from home gives you a great deal of freedom.

But that also means you’re free to do anything but work.

It may seem to run counter to the whole point of working remotely, but one of the first steps toward productivity is to give yourself some structure.

Make lists and set times by which you want to complete certain tasks. You might also try breaking your work into manageable, focused chunks by using the Pomodoro Technique or something similar.

Perhaps most importantly, tell yourself what your work day will be – 9-5, 11-7, 5-1? – and mentally clock yourself in and out just as you would do at an office.

On a related note…

 

Set clear (physical) boundaries

Your routine should make proper use of the physical space in your home.

That starts with not misusing the spaces you use for other things.

For instance, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t work in your bedroom, and plenty of these apply to other recreational spaces in your home.

So designate an entire room as your office if you can; if that’s not an option, a corner of a less-trafficked room could work.

All of this makes the schedule and “clocking out” I mentioned above that much more tangible – you’re stopping work at a specific time, but you’re also physically leaving your workspace.

Drawing lines around your schedule and your physical space is crucial to keeping your work and non-work lives from blurring together too much.

 

Take care of yourself

Your productivity depends heavily on your surroundings, but the most important factor may be your physical and mental well-being.

Chief among these is your sleep schedule, which is another big reason to set a regular workday and keep work separate from your bedroom.

You should also make sure you’re getting enough natural light. Working from home makes it easy to stay inside – sometimes for days on end – but your body needs light to regulate itself.

Make sure you’re exercising, whether that be with desk exercises or heading out to the local gym.

And since you’re at home, you’re free to make yourself something healthy for lunch rather than eating junk or breaking the bank at a restaurant every day.

Plenty of healthy behaviours can be combined, too; do exercises during your Pomodoro breaks, or get some light in the morning by going for a quick run around the neighbourhood.

However you do it, always keep in mind that a lack of focus or energy can often be traced back to your sleep, diet, or exercise habits.

 

Get the right equipment

In an office, you’re at the mercy of whatever your employer has provided for you.

But at home, you can and should maximise your comfort and well-being with better furniture.

Adjustable stands for your computer monitor and an ergonomic chair will help your neck and back.

Get a desk that’s the proper size for you, or even consider an adjustable sit-stand desk if you’re feeling ambitious.

Remember, this is your space – make sure it works for you.

 

Make time for human interaction

One thing a lot of people don’t mention about working from home: It can get incredibly lonely.

You may not like all the co-workers in your office, but at least they’re there to talk to if need be.

At home, it’s a different story – it often seems like you should refuse socialising during times where you could be getting more work done.

And while that’s sometimes true, that socialisation is a lot more valuable than you think.

So grab coffee with a friend in the area if you can, chat up a co-worker online during a break, or phone a relative if it’s hard to see someone in person.

 

When all else fails, break from your routine

Your schedule is important for making your days as productive as they can be.

But the other great thing about a routine is that you can benefit from breaking it.

While this shouldn’t be taken overboard, it’s hard to beat the thrill of going out of town for the day in the middle of the week, or even doing something fun right in your own city.

Breaking routine can be productive, too; when I feel like a space isn’t helping me get work done anymore, I take a break from it and work from a local coffee shop for a day or three.

Be as creative as you like with this. You have all the freedom of working remotely, after all.

 

The freedom of working remotely is both a blessing and a curse.

But once you’re aware of the pitfalls and take steps to get past them, it could be the most enjoyable work you’ve ever done.

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Use packaging to differentiate your brand

Product design and packaging is an important part of every business. However, not many are aware of the benefits of using packaging to differentiate the brand. With millions of brands in the market, consumers are spoilt for choice but the first thing consumers notice about a product is its packaging. A packaging differentiation catches the attention of individuals in many different ways. The consumers can associate the brand with a specific type of packaging, the color of packaging and lastly, the way the packaging makes them feel. Whenever consumers receive a product, they notice the packaging of the same. This gives them a positive or a negative feeling. Even if the product inside the packaging is exceptional, if the packaging has given a negative feeling, the consumer will not feel positive about the product.

Packaging can generate an instant recognition with a brand and could lead to an increase in sales. Every brand uses innovative marketing strategy to increase sales and to attract the attention of the consumers. To achieve the marketing goals of your business, you can use packaging to differentiate your brand from others. It will help you gain the attention of the public and will keep consumers focused on the brand. Have you ever noted how consumers remember the logos of a brand? Similarly, if you offer them something unique in the same product, like a new design or an attractive packaging, they will remember your brand with the same. They will also remember the color scheme you choose for the packaging of the product. You need to keep the industry trends in mind and ensure that you are not simply following everyone else. You need to ensure that you are offering something unique and different to your consumers. The packaging also has an integral role to play in the merchandising of the product; it allows the producers to be recognized for their creativity and innovation.

Here is how you can use packaging to stand out in the crowd

For every product, there are hundreds of alternative options. There are certain goods which look the same and although they are manufactured by different brands, they look like they have all come from the same manufacturer. Markets are becoming more competitive and consumers are looking for something different and unique from the manufacturers.

  • You can use colorful graphics which are printed on different packaging materials. Since color is used heavily as compared to earlier, it can help the brand build recognition through color. Graphics are fun and have a quirky element to it. You can choose the graphics based on the industry the business operates in.
  • Objects like molded bottles can be formed in the shape of a related object and that will attract the attention of the consumer. For food products, packaging requirements may vary but there are no limits to product and packaging innovation.
  • The current standard is a custom presentation. This means you use multiple products for a single package. This increases the visibility of the product and attracts the consumers towards it. It can make a long-lasting impact as consumers can see what they are getting in the box. This method is cost efficient for the manufacturers who want greater package differentiation.
  • You can use unique messages on the packaging. Printing messages about sustainability or recycling the product is on trend. It speaks to the consumers directly and connects with them on a personal level. You can also use unique messages like, “hope you like your product”, “you are definitely going to love what’s inside.” These messages set a tone for the brand and the consumers can relate to the same. com offers unique and exceptional packaging solutions for your business. Having catered to some of the biggest clients in the industry, they understand what you need and will offer a solution that stands out in the industry.

The industry is constantly growing and technology has made it possible for brands to invest in packaging that sets them apart from the rest of the brands. Consumers are impressed by the latest packaging trends that offer a personalized experience to them. In order to achieve success in retail marketing, it is important to differentiate the brand through various methods and packaging is only one of them. Every consumer should be able to look at the packaging and feel happy about buying your product. You will not be able to make an impression if you use run out of the mill options.

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Indemnity Insurance – Is it Essential for Your Business?

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Every smart business owner will understand the value of insurance. If you own any business, it’s crucial that you protect your livelihood with the right cover. Whether you’re operating as a sole trader or you have an army of employees, you are responsible for any legal implications arising from your work.  And without adequate insurance, your assets are at stake.

If your business offers a professional advisory service, indemnity insurance is necessary to stay protected. While you may be confident in your abilities or have a proven record of accomplishment, it doesn’t safeguard you from legal action being taken out against you. Unsure whether indemnity insurance is right for your business? Here are some essential tips to weigh up:

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How to Successfully Market Your Business at an Event

Trade show and conference marketing present some fantastic opportunities for small businesses. These niche events offer the chance to build your brand, promote your products and services, generate leads and engage with current and potential customers. Careful planning is key to trade show success. But how do you attract visitors to YOUR stall and stand out from the competition?

Whether it be a campervan business, wedding business or anything else, there are plenty of expo prospects to benefit from. Trade show success is measured by how much effort you put into it. The biggest and best shows definitely have that competitive edge – but not all are successful. Here’s how to make sure yours is:

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Benefits of Novated Leasing the Family Car

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Do you already have a novated lease for your work vehicle or considering getting one? You may be able to novate a car for your spouse or children as well. Each employer has different rules regarding this, however, most employers will allow more than one vehicle to be purchased under a novated lease. And the savings can be significant.

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10 Expert Small Business Outsourcing Tips

Many traditional roles that used to be handled in-house are now being outsourced by businesses across the world. The Internet has made a global marketplace of freelancers and digital nomads accessible to all.

Sales, marketing, and social media are becoming increasingly easy to outsource with freelance networks and places like LinkedIn expanding the marketplace and making headhunting easy.

But what do you need to consider before outsourcing? What tips will help you make the right decision?

I have rounded up some tips from the experts to help you on your outsourcing journey.

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What you need to know about cyber liability insurance for your business

With new data protection laws upon us, it’s concerning to find that only 1 in 5 small businesses are prepared for the new regulations. This relaxed approach can make it easier for cyber attacks and data breaches to occur. To get in the know before these changes occur, here are five things that small businesses need to know about cyber liability insurance.

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Best Laptops You Can Use for Both Gaming and Business

There are many of us grown people who still enjoy playing video games. If you fall into this category, chances are you’re looking for a laptop you can use for both gaming and business. Luckily, there are quite a few machines out there that might be exactly what you need. We singled out 5 of them you should definitely take a closer look at.

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The Importance of Visual Content

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When it comes to engaging with customers and potential clients, content marketing is still very much a powerhouse. The biggest difference? Now, there’s a shift toward visual content marketing.

Visual content marketing relies on the use of appealing or captivating imagery to convey information, often delivered in several forms of media, the most common of which is a photo or image. You can also use videos, livestreams, GIFs or animated images and more. Marketers often use infographics to convey statistics or other data.

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