Design Your Remote Day
Some of the pros of going “virtual”, as some say, are easy to see: it can free up time for personal life and allow for more productive work. Remote employees don’t have to travel to work and usually, they can set a more flexible calendar to organize their family life. For instance, if you need to pick up the kids in the middle of the afternoon, just drive to school and continue your tasks for work when you come back home. Do you need to pick up that parcel at the post office? Just free up ten minutes in between two meetings and fetch it. So what does one need to know before starting to apply to remote jobs and earn that precious free time and work/life balance?
1. Setting up the environment
To be efficient at work, it is important to be in an atmosphere that allows productive work. It is recommended to have a dedicated space at home, away from the rooms where the other members of the house have their home activities, because chances are you won’t always be alone at home during your working hours. Some of us manage to work in the middle of everything with just a headset on, but for newcomers to remote working, it is probably easier to get started the easy way. Also, do not save too much on your work-related pieces of furniture: a good chair, screen, and keyboard will pay for themselves in the long run when your back and neck won’t hurt 5 years away from now. A lot of companies used to working with distributed teams have dedicated budget and/or items of furniture for their employees, so this is something to ask for when on-boarding.
2. Organize your day
The more constraints you have, the better it is for structuring your day, especially when beginning a remote activity. Do not hesitate to set a daily routine with your team as setting short milestones will help you stay focused on objectives and thus on being efficient in your day. The most common pitfalls in any work rely on communication issues, so when working remotely, it is even more important to communicate regularly and clearly between co-workers. As with the substance of your job, it is interesting to review, change, and improve the means of communication a remote team uses. This is the main reason why some fully virtual companies are more successful than in-office companies: they had to master their ways of sharing information to reach their goals.
3. Have blackout hours
Working remotely is not different from any other type of job, in the end, but it demands some rigor. Start incorporating a few activities to help you distress, like go to the park at midday or just after a long meeting to stretch out. Set some of your meetings as walking meetings or "walk and talk" (either to meet your target steps or while walking your pet). Recent research finds that the act of walking leads to increases in creative thinking and actually boosts creative output by about 60%. This way you can enjoy the experience of combining work with a bit of exercise and fresh air.
After a few weeks or months, once you become more familiar with the new way of working meet colleagues/friends for lunch from time to time. If you feel lonely after a while, build a network of remote colleagues. You can meet for social activities or attend social events together. Alternatively, if you feel the need to be around other people you can start to work from coffee shops, co-working facilities, or hotel receptions. Many co-working spaces offer other added benefits for remote workers - including that much-needed human contact.
5. Change scenery as you need
A change in scenery from once in a while can make you more productive. Just because you work from home every day does not mean you need to have the same location. For instance, you can try one of the locations mentioned above or go and work in another city or country as a true nomad of the 21st century. Even short-term solutions work just fine, like living in your dream city for a couple of weeks or by the sea if that is what motivates you the most. The idea here is to be as creative and flexible as possible to open up for the best version of yourself.
Hopefully, this has given you a much more realistic view of working remotely if you’ve never done it before.
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