Productivity and efficiency is measured by how much an employee gets done, not the number of hours worked. At Bolton Remote, we help companies find remote employees who are talented as well as efficient. But, even superstar remote marketers may need help with time management.
Don’t let your team take longer than necessary to accomplish their tasks well. By suggesting time tracking and management tools, you’ll help them with their work/life balance and keep them engaged all without losing productivity.
We suggest these tools and techniques for your remote marketing team:
RescueTime – shows how employees spend time online
It’s a powerful little app that runs in the background of computers and mobile devices. It tracks the websites your employees visit as well as the apps they access. It also shows how long they spent on an app or site, giving them an accurate depiction of how their day went online.
Toggl – easy to use time tracking tool for teams
Your marketers can track every task, online or offline. It’s a great tool to help you and your team see exactly how long each task for each campaign will take. You can also set which tasks are billable or not, for easier and more transparent payroll processing.
Focus at Will – listen to music scientifically proven to improve productivity
It doesn’t matter where your remote marketers work, there will always be environmental distractions. Keep them focused on their productivity by providing them a music stream scientifically proven to boost their concentration. The more they concentrate, the better their creative juices will flow.
BrowseControl – filter webpages your staff can access
Some websites are just designed to distract your superstar employees. In a remote setup, they don’t have people looking over their shoulder. A web-filtering tool will keep these distractions at bay. It’s also a great tool for blocking potentially harmful sites, keeping all devices and files secure for transfers.
My Minutes – app for professional and personal time tracking
Encourage your marketers to track every minute of their day, even non work-related tasks. This tool has a time-budgeting feature so your staff can maximize their whole day. When time is budgeted, they don’t have to worry about not getting personal or professional tasks done.
The Pomodoro Technique
One time management strategy that helps with time management and focus is The Pomodoro Technique. Your staff works hard in short bursts, taking quick breaks for relaxation. It promotes hyper-focus and keeps the mind fresh and agile—perfect for highly creative and demanding work, like marketing.
In the classic technique, a task is done for 25 minutes. Once the 25 minutes are up, it is followed by a 5 minute break. A cycle of 25 minutes of work and 5-minute break is one session. After three or four sessions, your staff can take a longer break of 25 to 1 hour.
Like other time management techniques, it works because “The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks, and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating.” says social media professional Tucker Cummings.
Some awesome tools that support this technique:
- Moosti – straightforward tool with options for either 5-minute or 15-minute breaks.
- 30/30 – a fully customizable gesture-based mobile app that allows users to set countdown times for individual tasks
- Focus Booster – supports timesheet logging. Your marketers won’t have to manually note every session and what they did during that time.
You don’t have to micromanage your staff to make sure they’re working. Allow them to manage themselves well and provide them with tools to make it possible.
Build a marketing team that works well and works fast. Remote employees are reliable, efficient, and self-motivated to get the job done. Visit our website at www.BoltonRemote.com and we’ll help you find the right people.
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