To explore these ideas, Young Entrepreneur Council members were asked the following question:
Q. When working remotely, what’s one practice you rely on to stay motivated and connected to your goals?
Their best answers are below:
Clear Goals and Deadlines
While working remotely provides employees flexible work opportunities, separation from the rest of your team can occasionally provide motivational hurdles. Developing clear goals and deadlines to match can go a long way toward staying on track when working remotely. Another strategy is to involve remote employees in collaborative projects. This will not only increase communication among team members but also accountability from afar. – Zohar Steinberg, token payments
It’s pretty easy. All you have to do is make a plan that you enjoy. After tasks one, two, and three, I will eat dinner. After tasks four and five, I will have a beer. Things like that can help you keep moving. You can do it all day. Coffee after this task, and a half-hour walk after that one. – Derek Broman, Discount Enterprises LLC deguns.net
Normal Business Hours
One of the easiest tasks to start when working from home, or any comfortable environment for that matter, is email. It seems like a great way to get the day rolling with some progress, but it is actually a Pandora’s box. The inbox brings with it more distractions than any founder will ever be able to handle. So, when you are at home, where distractions are also present, delay the email until you complete a few tasks. – Ryan Bradley, Koester & Bradley, LLP
Scheduled Time for Work and Play
These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC has also launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
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