Perfect Tips for Productivity, No Matter the Workplace

It seems that more and more companies are offering WFH – aka work-from-home – days during the work week as an incentive to their employees.

Many other companies hire fully remote positions where their team never or rarely goes to a brick-and-mortar location.

We at JSL Marketing & Web Design think this is a great new trend (as some of our own team members are remote), but only if the remote workers know the best ways to capitalize on their time and have consistent productivity.

After all, companies bank on their employees being productive, getting their work done, and being able to focus on their tasks.

But is it really feasible? Better? Worse?

That’s for you to decide.

Ruses of Remote Work & Pitfalls of Productivity

Maybe working from home sounds awful to you, a terrible and dreadful fate, because you prefer the structure that going into an office provides.

Maybe having your home also be your place of work seems more stressful than helpful because then you can’t as easily separate your ‘on-hours’ and ‘off-hours’.

In some ways, you are right!

Work-life balance is hugely important and making sure you create a space that is conducive for productivity is a key point to ensuring your WFH days are smooth sailing. But there are things you can do to make the scary ‘home-office’ less of a fright.

Productivity Prerequisites

There are two big things you can do before you ever begin your work week, day, or shift that can set you up for more productivity and less stress at home.

First, set up your space.

For a healthy work-life balance, even from home, you need to have a designated space.

This both increases productivity and decreases feelings of ‘always working’. It also helps with organization and your frame of mind when you need to work.

Second, set up a schedule.

Maybe your work allows you to work from home and choose your own hours. As long as you finish your projects, it’s all up to you!

Great, right?

Not if you cannot buckle down and create your own schedule, and then (here’s the kicker) stick to it.

Making a schedule so you know when you need to be ‘on’ is important, but the inverse is also important because then you know when you can be ‘off’.

That’s the life part of that integral work-life balance.

Best Tips for Productivity Anywhere

Communicate: Let’s start this off right where you would expect. Communicate with your co-workers, bosses, and clients.

Communicate often. Communicate clearly. Communicate consistently.

This will save you loads of trouble. Maybe use a program that helps keep projects and messages clear, like Basecamp.

Check-ins & Meetings: A weekly meeting or check-in time for your whole team, or subsets of your team, is a great way to make sure everyone is on board and on task for the week.

The most common time, of course, is Monday mornings, however, with many companies or workers working non-traditional hours and days, the day you choose can be as unique as your workers.

Don’t Switch-Task, Ever: Stick to one task or topic, because let’s face it, humans do not multi-task well. In fact, research has shown that multi-tasking is a big, fat lie.

Instead, create blocks in your schedule where you work on one task at a time for a set time.

Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Airplane Mode: This goes with the above perfectly. Nothing brings your productivity to a screeching halt quite like constantly checking your phone.

But they’re work emails. But it’s just a second. But it’s my mini-break.

Nope. None of those excuses work.

Check your email three or four times a day, at scheduled times. And besides that, keep your phone off or away when working through your blocks or tasks for the day.

Breaks: This doesn’t mean check out your phone every 15 minutes (read the above one more time for good measure) but this does mean you can allow yourself breaks.

Think of traditional office work – bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, lunch breaks or office chats around the water-cooler.

Studies have shown that only about 4 hours of work really gets done in the typical 8-hour work day.

That’s madness!

Now, this isn’t an excuse for half of your day to be breaks, but it does show that you can have scheduled, short breaks without guilt.

Need Remote or Online Work?

If you think that being a remote worker sounds like a blast, well, it is. But only if you can handle the responsibility of being your own office manager and scheduler.

Conversely, if you think hiring a remote worker for online or SEO work sounds like a blast, you’re also right!

Check out our infographic about SEO and learn more about the costs, benefits, and values associated with different online, remote, and SEO company options.

Want to learn more? Get in touch with us here at JSL Marketing to begin your journey into the gleaming world of SEO and Digital Marketing.

How Much Does SEO Cost? [Infographic]

how much does seo cost

You know SEO is important, it’s something of a buzz-word in the marketplace lately, but what is it? Why do you need it? And why is it so darn important? We at JSL Marketing get these sorts of questions a lot, and though we think we are quite captivating and well-versed in our explanations, pictures are always more interesting!

That’s why we created this nifty infographic (information + graphics) to show you the wonder of SEO, without all that wondering!

From the very beginning (like how SEO is similar to an online stock market) to the deeper questions like what does SEO cost. All the way to a strong finish with great statistics about what SEO can do for your business, this infographic is not only packed with information but is fun and easy to read through too!

What is SEO?

SEO is constantly changing, and that means the first third of our shiny, new infographic has a hard job – defining something that’s always changing! But the job was no match for our expert team, as we give great explanations and analogies for SEO, without all the tech jargon.

Have you heard common myths about SEO? No? Well, maybe you actually have, but just didn’t know they were myths! Scary thought, right? But not anymore, we uncover three of the most common SEO myths and set the record straight! Because we think you should know what you need, and what you don’t, and we give it to you straight!

What Should SEO Cost?

Ever thought about getting SEO help, but assumed it was out of your budget? Ever wondered why there is such a spread in quotes for SEO projects? Or what those quotes even include?

In the second section of JSL Marketing’s SEO Infographic, we give some great questions to start with. Like audit vs. ongoing help, what your SEO hiring options are and what the costs and perks of content marketing add-ons include.

Need an SEO freelancer, consultant, or agency? Or maybe you have no idea which you need! Read on to see the prices, timelines, benefits, and expertise of all your options! Because we want you to make the right choice, even if that right choice isn’t us.

Why You Need SEO Today

SEO might seem like a fad and our groovy infographic might make you think it’s pretty trendy, but in reality, it’s here to stay! Check the numbers in section three if you want compelling evidence that we’re all stuck in the World Wide Web, and how that isn’t actually a bad thing!

So, go ahead, jump off the bridge all your friends are jumping from, the water’s fine! And with all the information from our infographic, you’re ready to take that plunge, make your choice, and get the very best SEO for your unique business’ needs!

We hope to hear from you soon for a complimentary 30-minute consultation or SEO audit! But even if not, share the love (and the knowledge) and repost this infographic to show your friends, customers, and employees just how SEO savvy you are!

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