Is Remote Work Counterproductive for Web Developers? 10 Ideas on Work from Home Productivity
Remote work is all about hanging around the house or chilling in a cozy café. Or not? With mixed reactions to how the new work world is shaping up, one may wonder if work-from-home productivity is any different from in-office productivity? What about different roles? Web developers, for instance, can adapt to a remote work model if they have all the necessary tools and devices. It’s no biggie. The question remains. Are they going to be productive? Let’s find out.
Statistics: Remote Web Developers and Work From Home Productivity
- Developers reported a better work-life balance (64%) and feeling less stressed (48%) as a result of working remotely (Source: The State of Engineering report)
- 77% of those who work remotely at least a few times per month show increased productivity, with 30% doing more work in less time and 24% doing more work in the same period of time. (source: ConnectSolutions)
- There has been an increase in productivity by 47% since March of 2020 (compared to March and April 2019). (Source: Prodoscore research)
We can see that while working from home might not be a productive model for everyone it works well for most. It depends on the individual’s choices and what works best for them.
For web developers, it can work really well as they can avoid unnecessary office meetings or small talks with colleagues that eat up their time. They can focus on what they do best: coding! Now it isn’t that working from home doesn’t come with its own distractions like family, pets, or kids. How to increase productivity and stay focused on such scenarios? Let’s discuss some tips that can help.
10 Ideas On Work From Home Productivity
1. Create a Schedule
It’s easy for the mind to get confused between personal hours and work hours when working from home. Technically, you’re in your home, a place meant for family and relaxation, and the mind can play tricks on you! If you don’t want yourself mixing up your website code with your child’s homework, you must create a schedule to separate the two.
Creating a schedule not only helps you separate your work life from your personal life but also helps you measure your progress and manage time more effectively. Techniques like Pomodoro and apps like Asana or Basecamp can help with time and task management, respectively.
2. Build Your Workstation
As a developer, you probably have multiple devices like a laptop and PC. To accommodate everything, you need a separate workstation. You also need a workstation to create a work environment to maximize the benefits of point 1 above! A separate work space tells your mind that you’re at work which helps you follow your schedule, stay productive, and maintain your focus.
If you don’t have a lot of space, don’t worry. You can convert any corner of your house into a workstation by adding a simple work desk with some cabinets to keep your work-related items. It is that simple!
3. Good Internet Connection is a Must
Imagine you’re working on a website, and your internet connection breaks the page. You don’t want that, as this could slow down your work and be another distraction in your work day. It could hamper your productivity greatly if you have an internet connection that’s always slow.
Investing in a good internet connection will ensure faster and more efficient work. It can also help you stay seamlessly connected with your colleagues without any interruptions during your Zoom meetings.
4. Stay Away From Social Media
While that sounds harsh, it’s sometimes a necessity. Social media or other such websites and apps can be distracting. When one checks notifications, they can go on seeing other pictures, videos, etc., which can consume more time than you can imagine. Before you know it, you’ve already spent more than an hour, and then you’re probably no more focused or in a mood to work.
Moreover, visiting personal social accounts (unless they’re a part of your work) during work hours means you’re mixing your personal and professional time. A web developer’s job needs a lot of mental capacity, and indulging in entertainment during work could hamper your productivity greatly. It’s advisable to block notifications from all such personal apps and websites to increase your work efficiency.
5. Work Remotely Without Isolation
Working from home can get lonely for some, especially those who like interacting with people. If you’re a web developer who feels isolated while working remotely, worry not. You can always interact with your colleagues and have a coffee chat with them over Zoom. If it’s important for you to stay connected on a regular basis, make sure you take breaks that involve interacting with your coworkers in some way.
This can be a refreshing experience for you. These breaks that involve brainstorming new ideas can also help with motivation and work-from-home productivity.
6. Stay Disciplined
This has to be a personal choice if you really want to excel while working remotely. Web developers work on projects that can be very demanding. To meet deadlines and work efficiently, it’s important to be disciplined about religiously following your schedule.
Incorporating discipline in your daily life can boost your productivity. Some ways to get self-disciplined are writing down your challenges to work on them, goal setting that helps you work towards them, and daily journaling about short-term goals and tasks.
7. Daily Self Care
You can’t work effectively when you’re sleeping four hours a day and eating junk food all the time. While you have multiple projects to work on and are tempted to finish them early by working late nights, it’s never a good idea to do so.
Daily self-care includes having balanced meals on time, focusing on fitness and mental health, getting enough sleep, and taking refreshing breaks (an outdoor walk is a great idea!), among other things. Self-care should not be confused with entertainment. Self-care isn’t about indulging in things that can hamper your work day but about taking care of one’s body, mind, and soul to function properly, whether at work or in your personal life. Self-care helps you de-stress in ways that can aid your growth.
A web developer’s work is stressful, and taking care of oneself is of utmost importance to maintain good mental and physical health.
8. Stop Overworking
While working from home, losing track of time is easy since you don’t have to pack up from an office and go back home. Your home is your office, and your 8-hour work day can end up being a ten or eleven-hour work day without you realizing it.
Overworking can hamper your personal life and productivity. Overworking for several days and months leads to burnout. To avoid this, you can set up alarms and reminders to get off work when it’s time. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for work-from-home productivity.
9. Take Breaks
Work from home gives you the liberty to have as many breaks as needed. This doesn’t mean that your work day should consist of a 2-hour break. Having said that, mini-breaks during the day can help refresh your mind. They can also keep your back from hurting.
These mini-breaks can be outdoor walks, just sipping coffee away from your work desk, or, as mentioned earlier, having coffee chats over Zoom with your colleagues. You can do whatever you like as long as it doesn’t distract you too much and lets you get back to work in a short while.
10. Join Work From Home Online Communities
As mentioned earlier, working from home doesn’t have to spell an isolation. While talking to your coworkers from time to time is one option to stay socially active, another one is joining work-from-home communities on the internet. You might not always want to talk to your colleagues. In that case, this is a great option to find like-minded people living a similar lifestyle.
From sharing productivity-related tips to professional experiences, you can discuss many things in these forums. You’ll find them on Facebook, Reddit, and other such platforms. It’s best to interact during your personal hours because you don’t want to be distracted during work.
These communities can keep your social life alive, keep you motivated and also help you learn many things. It’s a great way to stay connected, and feel supported and heard which can boost your work productivity greatly
Make The Most Of Your Work From Home Life
Keeping these tips in mind and in action can help you accelerate your professional life. Maintaining work from home productivity becomes easier when you’re willing to put in the effort. From creating a schedule to managing your time effectively, you can kickstart your remote work life easier if you are self-disciplined and focused.
Web developers already have good multitasking skills and goal-setting abilities for completing assignments on time. Add these 10 ideas to your life, and you’ll have a work-from-home environment that will never disappoint.
Aneesha is a Content Contributor at Think Remote. With more than a decade-long experience in content marketing and business development, her love for all things “communication” is seen in everything she does.