Managing Your Day

The term “routine” almost implies rigor, which is the opposite of flexibility. Why would we tell you that you can experience an awesome, flexible schedule and then talk about a routine? Because our team says that a routine is critical to maintaining your flexible schedule — really! Whether it’s labeling your “off” switch or identifying your “non-negotiables," establishing a routine is credited as an important step in establishing a balanced lifestyle in your remote environment. Take a look at some of the suggested routine tips below.

Turn It On

Working from home can create challenges in distinguishing between work and non-work. So, even if you’re not a fan of routines and enjoy breaking them occasionally, establishing some type of trigger to start and stop your workday is as helpful as structuring your working time. From a quick workout to get the juices flowing for a day of abstraction, to walking your dog to signal the transition from abstracting to relaxing, triggers are an effective tool for our team. As a bonus, your colleagues may learn your routine, which will likely result in more timely communications. What you choose as your signal is less important than sticking to it!

Prioritize

You chose a remote role for reasons that may be similar to many members of our team, or may be unique to you. Whether your priority was to have breakfast with your kids, afternoons with your parents, or simply nights to relax, create a routine that protects your priorities. Many of our team members have found that the simple act of blocking off time in their Outlook calendar to denote when they’re unavailable can be very helpful. This easy practice allows other members of your team to easily accommodate your needs.

Take Breaks

In between complex case abstractions, consider taking a moment to do some jumping jacks, walk outside, or just play a couple rounds of fetch with your dog. Low energy can result in reduced focus—a key component for accurate abstractions. So, members of the team recommend switching gears and doing something active for a few minutes between abstractions. It’ll help you refocus and be more productive when you move on to the next abstraction.

Optimize Your Productivity

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Organize your workload according to when you feel the most productive. If you’re a morning person, do your most complex cases first, then schedule your least complex cases in the late afternoon. Many of our team members have found that a quick review of their workload allows an organized approach to scheduling their specific cases throughout the day, as you would a meeting, and optimizes their efficiency.

Make It a Meeting

Consider blocking abstraction time on your calendar to avoid any mistaken meetings scheduled during their most productive time! Then, while abstracting, it may be helpful to place an auto reply indicating you are abstracting and will respond upon completion. This will alleviate disruptions and notify others you may be slow to reply.

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