You always wanted to have a crazy amount of freedom in your work life. Like, how cool it would be to work whenever you want and from wherever you can. Well, we are just at that place where we always wanted to be, work remotely. So that now you have a chance to work from the place of your choice, you will need to know how to “work well” and not fall into another place that is disconnected from the company or your fellow employees. To thrive more, you need to understand your challenges and work on them.
Listed below are some insights for you to review, and expectantly, they will help you work well remotely.
Remote technology and backup
Usually, in working remotely usually, we do not find any IT person in our location to solve the technology or support issues. Also, if we have one, these issues may not get resolved as quickly as they would in the office. So, we should have a backup plan to backup plan. Therefore, for that, you need to have a solid cell phone reception. Then if your Wi-Fi or landline Internet goes out, you can use your phone as a hotspot. Likewise, you should identify a place in your town with free Wi-Fi as another backup or just a good place to work with concentration.
One of the most important things to consider while working remotely is to be focused on your work. You are also aware of the fact that you may not be as productive as you’d be in your traditional work setting. Without other co-workers around to hold you liable, it is easy to get distracted and preoccupied with some other work. Some days you will feel motivated to work, and others, you might not. So, to become focused, do three things. Work in a place where you do not easily get distracted. Focus on simple, clear goals for each workday or make a target for each day to achieve. And third, take breaks by going for a surf, walk, or run.
Have a schedule
In a non-remote work setting, there is a huge possibility that people follow a structure, starting from office working hours to set breaks and lunchtimes. However, while working remotely, these may not necessarily exist. Therefore, you need to create a schedule for your work, sleep, breaks, and remember to stick to a certain discipline as if you are working in the office.
Socialize with peers
Before you realize it, let’s tell you that remote work can get pretty lonely, as you need to deliver work on the deadlines and you have to do your household work too. You have literally no one to bounce off your ideas off too. Also, when you have a great day, you have no one to tell. To deal with this, you should go to a co-working space twice a week and work at a local university or library once a week. You should also arrange FaceTime with other peers at work regularly and randomly, other than scheduled Zoom meetings. Also, attend local events and meetups with other friends and family.
Well, in a remote working environment, you cannot just stop by someone’s office and go over the new project. As you are remotely working, you need to communicate better and more often than you were doing before. You also need to be careful about how you communicate important information with your colleagues. Don’t text someone and just tell a critical decision; call them or have a video chat to make a discussion so that everyone understands the tone and context of your decision. Remember that miscommunication is your enemy, and it can lead to several wrong decisions.
Create a healthy work-life balance
While working remotely, you will need to create a balance between your working and living your life. If you are not careful enough, you will just swing from one extreme to the other, and not even a single thing will go right. The best way of doing this is to create rules and timetables. When you are done for the day, say 4 or 5 pm, be done. Turn off your Slack, email and text. Do not sit in one place for more than two hours without taking a break. Schedule breaks and activities into your calendar. And remember why you wanted to work remotely. Do not always sit on your laptop or computer and just work. Spend some quality time with your friends and family, and it will keep you motivated for your work for the next day.