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Ways to Prove Your Productivity While Working From Home

Working from home is becoming popular in modern offices as technology advances and personal presence becomes less important. Here are some ways to prove your productivity if you think your employer may be wondering how you spend your work-from-home hours.

It might be challenging to prove your productivity and commitment to your career as a remote worker.

Not because your coworkers or management are trying to make the worst assumptions about you; rather, since they don’t see you every day, they just don’t have an immediate visual image of you working hard.  And it might be challenging for them to imagine what it actually looks like in practice if they haven’t worked remotely much themselves.

Have Check-Ins

One of the challenges of working remotely includes accountability. Nobody is watching out for you to make sure you sign on at the appointed time, finish your deliverables, and stay present. 

Most organizations use daily stand-up meetings to gauge everyone’s progress on their own tasks. You can have a standup even if you aren’t physically present with each other. Joining a brief “stand-up” meeting with your entire team every morning for 15 minutes is important. This will help your supervisor be aware of the tasks you will be working on that day and the time frame for delivery.

While you can go to extremes and work nonstop, it is preferable to be trustworthy and transparent; this can occasionally include disclosing a conflict. 

Working remotely gives you the flexibility to do tasks when it’s convenient for you, whether that’s before noon or after dinner. By checking in frequently, you may avoid stalling and let your bosses know they can hold you responsible for completing your tasks.

Make sure to reply and explain your timetable in detail. Change your status on Slack, Gchat, and other platforms if you plan to be inaccessible at particular times of the day so that people will know where to find you and when to contact you. Higher-ups gain trust in you when you are open about your life and demonstrate that you can be honest and be trusted.

Regular Recaps And Updates

The ability to track projects from a distance is what most supervisors and managers are concerned about. They don’t want to be left hanging at the last minute with nothing to show for since they also have to report to someone. Some people may micromanage due to this, which usually enrages them. 

Regular recaps calm nervousness. The task, projected due date, and date done can all be listed in a simple table. By taking this action, you show your supervisor that you comprehend what is expected of you and keep them informed of your progress on each job. Even better, ask her to rearrange the tasks on a running list of priorities that you maintain if needed.

Use Collaborative Tools

Making use of tools that facilitate remote collaboration is one of the finest methods to prove your productivity. In  project management, you can use Asana, Basecamp, or Trello.

Work management tools show off our productivity by distributing distinct, actionable tasks with definite deadlines and deliverables. Everyone is aware of what to expect, what is expected of them, and when anything is due thanks to this method. These tools also give teams strong capabilities, simple-to-create templates, and straightforward colleague communication. Measuring productivity greatly benefits from being able to check in on a team member’s progress without bothering or pressuring them.

Messaging platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams are becoming standard in organizations as remote teams become more popular. To be able to communicate frequently, use video calling or conferencing tools like Jitsi Meet, Skype or Google Meet — as being accessible and maintaining open communication are important factors in proving your productivity. Find the tools that work best for you that can allow this to happen, if your workplace does not have a designated tool or platform.

Be Present

It takes your mind fifteen minutes to refocus when you switch tasks. Being particularly engaged when you do get a chance to interact with your coworkers, specifically over the phone or during video chat sessions (e.g. team bonding), is one of the simplest ways to prove your productivity and impress your supervisor and coworkers.

While it may be tempting to multitask (by checking your email or responding to that instant message), it would be best to concentrate just on the current meeting. You can demonstrate that you’re an involved team member by asking questions, offering suggestions, and picking up on key details if you’re paying attention.

The easiest approach to handle this is to time plan your schedule, which should include breaks for meals and time for personal duties. In order to be as effective as possible with each task, avoid multitasking as much as possible. 

Additionally, make an effort to “arrive” at meetings a few minutes early so that you can take part in the natural conversations that ordinarily occur in person. This is your opportunity to learn what projects your coworkers are working on and to give them an update on all the work you’re doing too. The more your team gets to know you as a real person on the other end of the phone call or video chat, the more likely it is that they will give you the benefit of the doubt if you work remotely full-time.

Use Hard Deadlines

Although not all organizations use deadlines, setting your own or having your manager set one for you can still help you prove your productivity when working from home.

Do you sometimes get up and make a list so it’s out of your mind rather than battling sleep for an hour? That must be helpful. Making a list at the end of your day for the following day, helps you know what needs your attention when you wake up.

Make use of this time-tested method as part of your current routine to stay focused during working hours. They also aid in helping you identify what needs to be done immediately and what can wait a few days. Without them, tasks will just keep building up and may not be completed as effectively and efficiently as they may be.

Your manager will value your capacity to be productive even when they aren’t watching you in the office if you can demonstrate to them when you’ve finished a task by the deadline or send them a deliverable within a set timeframe.

Minimum Update

Create a weekly update email as a further step to keep your supervisor updated. It should list your top five achievements, what you’re working on now, and what you have coming up soon (highlight the mid-to-large scale things you finalized). It might not be the whole project. Instead, it may be something – as straightforward as writing the first draft of a monthly client report or compiling and organizing documents that were difficult for your team to access.

Consider using a Google Doc so that it is simple to access and modify in order to make it seamless. It can also help you stay on top of your deliverables. Especially when you’re in a more senior position and don’t need to keep your employer up to date on everything you accomplish, this straightforward email shows your supervisor that you’re keeping on top of your work.

However, be careful not to overdo it in terms of communication. While you might believe that keeping your supervisor up to date on your tasks and how projects are progressing is a wonderful approach to prove your productivity, don’t do this. You were recruited by your manager to make decisions and complete your task, and if you have been given permission to work remotely, you are being trusted with the responsibility of managing your own time. It is not necessary to send your supervisor emails every hour; doing so could even make them doubt your independence.

You can also schedule regular meetings with your supervisor to ensure you’ve established clear expectations for your work, along with strict deliverables and deadlines, and then adhere to them. Updates are important from time to time, yes, but in general, let the actual work speak for itself.

Be Honest With Yourself

Though most things are now possible thanks to technology, you should be honest with yourself about whether or not you would be better off in the office for a given meeting, assignment, or project. Also keep in mind that productivity does not necessarily equate to solitude. 

If we aren’t surrounded by people who inspire us, we frequently risk becoming stuck in a creative loop. When colleagues aren’t there, it can also be much more difficult to “bounce” ideas off of them. Of course you should utilize the most recent technology for efficient task management and collaboration, but when it simply isn’t sufficient, be honest about it and go into the office.

Takeaway

Here, productivity is the key concept!

You are trusted to manage your time well, so choose your additional tasks and responsibilities wisely. Go ahead and participate in a project beyond the scope of your job if you really want to, but be sure to discuss with your supervisor how you may modify your workload to make room for it. 

Some people find it difficult to remain productive while working from home. However, if they employ specific strategies that make you demonstrate your progress, you can improve your motivation and reassure your supervisors that you can finish your work even when you’re not in the office.

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