7 WFH Tips From The Harbor City Team

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Did you know according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) more than 26 million U.S. employees were working remotely even before the coronavirus outbreak?

The pandemic is only going to increase this number further. Businesses are forced to switch to remote work under the current circumstances. 

Working remotely is no longer just a trend but a necessity for companies to adapt. Tools at our fingertips have made it easy to adapt to the recent changes. 

Businesses have been hit hard by this shift. Some businesses will still survive while some will thrive during this time.

This is the best time to set up systems and processes if you’re suddenly managing a remote team or refining your own remote workflow.

At Harbor City Capital we’ve always taken a big-picture look at how we handle internal communications, operations & other important aspects of the business. We made it a priority to systematize things into how we run our day to day operations. 

While our systems and processes are made for internal in house teams – these 7 tips will help you facilitate a happy and productive remote working environment from home and be successful.

1. Create A Dedicated Workspace At Home

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Stressing the importance of a dedicated workspace can ensure that your team members are getting up and going to work even if this is a few steps away from where they eat, relax or sleep.

We had everyone share a picture of their office setup in one of our general Slack channels after we started working from home. This encouraged everyone to create a space that they could showcase.Jayson Benoit, Chief Technology Officer, Harbor City Capital says: “Work in an area where you can close a door and have privacy. With kids and a significant other in the house, you can easily get distracted.”

2. Create a Morning Routine

What does your morning routine look like if you were commuting to the office? 

Don’t break your routine. If you or your team members are not accustomed to working from home it’s important to do your routine as you usually would during the regular office days.

This will signal your brain that it’s time to work—not to sit back and relax! 

Carla Boone, a key member of our sales team at Harbor City Capital says: “Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

 

3. Put Your Office SWAG On

It may be tempting to work in your pajamas when you are working from home. But bear in mind, the clothes we wear actually influence our moods. When you put in the effort to get dressed for work it actually helps to set the tone for your day. 

George Devolder, New York Regional Director at Harbor City Capital says: “Creating a permanent workspace is a MUST! Establishing a routine, as if you were going out to a traditional office setting.” 

 

4. Structure Your Day

Structure your day and set expected time for different projects or tasks. Work in blocks rather than randomly jumping from one thing to another reactively.

Working in blocks will boost your productivity immensely.

As per Tom Clayson, our wildly talented copywriter, “Start the day with something positive and energizing. For me, that’s going for a run in the woods with my dog, Benny. I also write out a TO-DO list in the morning. I do this by hand. Then timetable specific tasks in my calendar. Try to stick to the task in each time block. It’s generally better to focus on completing one thing at a time, rather than jump from document to document.“

 

5. Focusing on the To-Do List

Tools, apps, old school pen & paper – whichever method you choose, it simply works!

List everything that you have to do for the day, the most important tasks at the top, and the least important tasks at the bottom.

This is one of the keys to spending your time efficiently when working from home.

According to Dr. Devaughn Dames, CFO at Harbor City Capital: “Focusing on the To-Do list that’s making the whole picture more achievable. #1 tip for working remotely. Then of course, execute.”

 

6. Prioritize & Focus on Outcome

Be focused on eliminating tasks that have the least impact on your workday. Schedule time proactively to send important emails, reply to chats, answer phone calls with your daily priorities.

Betsy Cook, VP of Investor Relations at Harbor City Capital says, “I take 10-15 minutes each morning to check what I need to do for the day and make a list.  Then I prioritize it by numbering with the time it will take to get each done….Then I set my schedule  Of course there will be interruptions but I try to allow for those. I work well from lists so this helps me to get my work done with little to no carryover.”

 

7. Take Advantage of Technology

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There is a reason why Peter Drucker said: “What gets measured, gets managed.”

Using tools and apps effectively can help you track, measure and improve your daily performance.

Karlista Maroney, Marketing Director at Harbor City Capital shared, “GET MOVING! I track my movement using my Apple Watch and make sure I fill 2/3 of my activity rings every day. Most often I will take a walk and get my emails and social media posts up for the company and when I’m back at my desk I frequently stand and work. Music ALWAYS helps.”

What is YOUR best WFH tip? Leave a comment with your tip for us to share on LinkedIn!

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