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Everything You Need to Know About Working Remotely

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at GCU chapter.

Remote work has become extremely popular, now that we are in a post-COVID society, and it is time to take advantage of it. There are many major benefits to working remotely, such as improving one’s work-life balance and having a flexible schedule that allows for the proper division of both personal and professional responsibilities. Remote work also lowers costs and saves time, so there is no longer a need to spend a lot of time or gas money commuting to and from work. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in 2021 and 2022, working remotely saved an average of 72 minutes every day, leaving more time for family and social activities.

There are many ways in which you can work from home, and multiple companies are now outsourcing their efforts in finding remote employees because of cost benefits. Examples of jobs that can be done remotely include social media manager, web designer, customer service, virtual assistant, copy editor/copywriter, sales representative, and many more.

If you choose to work from home, here is everything that you need to know from time management to creating an effective work environment.

1. Creating A Schedule

The first step in creating a schedule that works for you is to acknowledge your personal and professional responsibilities. By creating a set of specific office hours, you divide your time appropriately between work and leisure time. It is always best to wake up early at the same time every day, with an alarm, and dive right into work. This is the most effective way to maintain a productive mindset and manage your time accordingly.

2. Take Breaks

It is also important to take plenty of breaks throughout the day because burnout is real and can inhibit your creative process. Every hour or so, it is good to stand a least for a couple of minutes and get your blood flowing. This will help your body and mind recharge and get back in the mindset to work effectively.

3. Eliminate Distractions

Working and living in the same place can easily cause a lot of distractions and inhibit your ability to focus. This is why it is essential to have a dedicated workspace that is separate from your living space. Keeping the two separated makes it easier to focus during your office hours and relax when you are off the clock. This can also help you get away from distractions around the house. During your work hours, it is also helpful to eliminate other distractions by putting your phone on “Do not disturb” and blocking out noise or light that may be messing with your ability to focus on the task in front of you.

4. Create A To-Do List

The best way to prioritize your time, ensure you limit distractions, and be productive is by creating a to-do list. Place the most important tasks and deadlines at the top of the list and work your way down in order of importance. This way, you can confirm that all of your tasks are done promptly. This may also give a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you check things off the list.

5. Meal Prep

Meal prep is a great way to save time when working from home, where you do not have to step away from your desk to cook yourself a meal and waste your lunch break forcing you to sit and eat at your desk. With meal prep, you can stick your meal into the microwave and enjoy your break without the hassle of choosing both what to eat and what you have time to make.

Hi! My name is Brynna and I am a Grand Canyon University Online Communications student. I currently reside in Washington state with my wonderful husband, dog Barkley and two kittens, Felix & Ajax. I am incredibly thankful to be apart of Her Campus where I have the opportunity to share my unique perspective on Christianity, relationships, and lifestyle. You can follow me on instagram @brynnacampbell_