We’ve all been there, sitting at home with your computer screen and staring at your email and Facebook and Twitter.
You’ve been at it too long and you can’t keep up.
We’re all in this together.
But as technology evolves and the work-from-home revolution comes to the forefront, we’ve come to expect our personal devices to take up space and energy, according to a study by McKinsey.
“There is a perception that working remotely is better for productivity and less stressful, but this is not the case,” says Rob Wahlberg, the chief technology officer of Vaxxed, the nonprofit group that conducted the study.
“We found that the most common reasons for not working from home are having too much work to do, and being too busy.”
What’s the best way to get more done on your own?
The best way, according the McKinsey study, is to work remotely from home.
Here are the tips to get you started.
Use a remote assistant to handle the bulk of your work.
“One of the things that we found was that many people think of remote assistants as having an overhead, so that they can’t do anything at all.
But actually, they are more than capable of doing the work you need them to do,” Wahlburg says.
You can make it easier for yourself to get work done by setting up a remote workspace, such as an office chair.
A remote assistant can set your computer, email, and phone to automatically send out your messages when you get home.
“For example, you might say, ‘OK, I’m going to do some email research, so I’ll just set up a workspace so I can start emailing,'” Wahlovsays.
The assistant can then help you do your work while you’re away.
For example, if you’re using your iPhone, you can use your remote to send emails to the office.
“Or, you could set up your phone to have a timer and tell the assistant to send the text message whenever it is your turn to speak,” Wahlersays.
When you’re home, you may want to add a second assistant.
For some people, such a device is easier than using an iPhone, but others find it easier to just set the assistant up in a shared office.
You might want to put it in the hallway for work or in the living room.
Another option is to have it automatically sync to your phone and then sync your calendar.
“It is also helpful to use a timer to ensure that you’re not working late into the night,” Wuhls says.
Take your mobile device with you to work.
This is especially important if you work remotely and don’t have a smartphone.
Wahlowsky says you should “get rid of your phone entirely and use your laptop or desktop computer.”
This is because your mobile devices are usually less reliable than your desktop or laptop, and you may need to work from home if you want to work late into your night.
Find a coworker who has the same skills you do.
“A lot of people don’t realize that there is actually an overlap between how people can learn the same things,” Waugh says.
“The same things can be taught by a coworking space and a coworked workspace, but they’re very different.”
For example: “You might have a video editing software developer who might be a video editor who has a passion for video, and a graphic designer who may be a designer, but he can also do video editing for the web.
They both can learn from each other, and so can the other,” Wllberg says.
The same skills can be learned from different people, and they can be combined to make something truly unique.
Find out how much your colleagues pay.
In the McKinley study, the median salary of the workers who were asked how much they were making per hour was $18,872, while the median pay for those who worked remotely was $23,095.
The people working remotely made more.
The median salary for the workers working remotely was around $24,832 while the Median pay for the people working from a shared workspace was $28,097.
The average salary for all employees in the study was $34,972.
“So the median is actually higher for working from remote than it is for working in the office,” Wulfberg says, “but there’s still room for improvement.
For instance, you should be willing to work longer hours, because you might have to pay for extra food and lodging.
But you should also be willing and able to work a long day.”
Get a paid vacation.
It can be hard to know if your work is really important, but sometimes working remotely can help you make a dent in your budget.
“I often say that we should work from remote to save the world, because