How to Avoid Overworking – or Not Prioritising Important Tasks – when Working Remotely

Working from home has many advantages, so it’s no wonder more and more people are attracted to the concept of working in their own residence or elsewhere remotely. And whilst it is indeed true that there are numerous perks (avoiding commuting time, making your own schedule, and so on), it’s also true that there are often challenges.

One aspect to working from home (often ignored or not fully understood) is that you’re easily caught in a process of working too much or not scheduling tasks efficiently. Strangely, people who work from home are often not efficient. Here’s how to avoid overworking – or not prioritising important tasks – when working remotely.

Overworking

Ironically, whilst often, employers refuse to let their staff do work from home or remotely because they fear the employee might slack or not be efficient, quite the opposite is often true; it’s easy to get caught up in an overload of tasks that continue to pile up.

When personal life and work take place in the same location, it’s often difficult to determine when the professional schedule begins, and where it ends. It’s hard to flick that mental switch. Taking breaks often becomes more difficult, and getting as much work done as possible becomes an obsession.

The trick is to set realistic goals, to plan your day and week, and to reward yourself for tasks accomplished just as if you were working in a traditional office. Create a routine, and have the discipline not only to start your tasks on time, but also to call it a day when the time has come. You can get help with this from the right time tracking software as well.

Set priorities

Time management is not as simple as it seems at first glance, but it’s an incredibly important skill that the person who works remotely or works from home has to acquire fast. There’s a learning curve, but once time management is applied, your efficiency – and job satisfaction – increases dramatically.

Here are some important tips:

  • Bite the bullet. Some tasks are harder or more nerve-wracking than others, and it’s often a good idea to do these first. By handling the most difficult tasks early on in the day, you’re sure your day improves as it progresses.
  • Plan your time and set only a limited number of tasks. You’re not superman or superwoman, and by limiting your work, you’re more likely to focus on the important tasks first.

One more thing: you may have a family, children, pets, and a doorbell nearby. Avoid these distractions during your working schedule as much as possible; they can lead to stress in the long term. Make sure everyone understands when you have to work, but also when it’s time to play.

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