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An Apple-centric guide to effective (and productive) remote working

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I’ve been working remotely for more than 15 years. I thought that with so many people working remotely in response to the novel coronavirus it may be useful to share some of the things I’ve learned that help me make remote working productive and useful.

First step: Define your time

It is way too easy to end up working too hard when you work from home. In part this is because it is also too easy to let your thoughts drift during the day, only to find you need to work all night to reach that morning deadline.

You need to be hard on yourself and make sure to define your time, creating clear and consistent boundaries between working and domestic time.

Of course, this is also an opportunity to work with your employer to see if it’s possible to define working hours that coalesce with your most personally productive times: some people work best late at night while others prefer the early morning, for example.

There is also a need to agree on that time with management and your teams. I have worked with some remote employers who insist you maintain an instant messaging conversation of some kind while at work in order that they can check you are there. This works if you like it. I don’t, and prefer to define working times and agree on working targets.

Remote working without such agreed boundaries very quickly leaks into your personal life, generating personal and relationship stress. Time and task tracking tools such as Slack, Trello and others can deliver great results here, giving employers good insight into what you do and giving you a clear set of targets to try to meet. One more thing: You must work with your family to ensure they understand and respect when you are in ‘work mode.’

Use the Pomodoro Technique

It’s very easy to lose yourself in thought.

When you work from home this becomes more challenging in the absence of distraction to help remind you time is passing by.

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