Working remotely or from home can be a wonderful experience. Especially since you don’t have to put up with the everyday commute. However, like a lot of things in life, it has pros and cons. Due to the pandemic, remote work life increased after many places had to shut down. Many got laid off, but several individuals were fortunate enough to work from home. After things started to go back to normal, people returned to the office for work, but after tasting the freedom that comes with working remotely or from home, many started to look for remote Jobs, including myself.
When I first started my remote work life, it was way before the pandemic happened and it also happened to be an intern position. While the job was a dream job of mine, it did not pay at all. So after the internship ended, I went looking for an office job. At the time, I didn’t think I could get a paid remote job and opted into any job that would hire me.
I should note that I was having trouble finding a job in my field and had to settle for a job that was less than satisfying. I spent five years in that job, wondering if I would ever get out. Even though I had a few interviews here and there, and had sent my resume to several places, I was stuck.
During the pandemic, my company allowed me to work from home, and for the next year and a half, I started to adjust to my new setting. I had time to do laundry, time to wash dishes, I even had time to work on my blog. However, once the company called us back into the office, I realized how unhappy I was and started to work towards a remote job.
I won’t get into the steps I took to get a remote job (you can find that in this other post), but I do want to share a few tips that have helped me navigate the remote work life.
Remote Work Life: Tips for Success
There is nothing more rewarding than working for a company that truly wants to see you and the company succeed, and most of the remote jobs out there are that kind of company. As remote or work-from-home employees, it is our job to take the necessary steps toward success. Personally, I want to see my company succeed and I always aim to do 100% to get us there. I will say that working remotely can be challenging sometimes, especially when you’re traveling or all you want to do is watch TV. But it doesn’t have to be challenging at all and the tips below will help you succeed at working remotely.
Set Up a Dedicated Workspace
It sounds easier to work from the couch, but the problem with that setup is all the distractions you’ll have. Setting up a dedicated space, even if it is in the corner of your room will help minimize those distractions. I have my setup in one of my rooms away from the TV and living room area. This has helped tremendously when setting boundaries.
Now, if you are looking to work and travel, I still recommend setting up a dedicated space in the hotel room or wherever you are staying. This doesn’t mean you can’t work poolside some days, but having that dedicated workspace helps and keeps your post-it notes in one area.
Build Regular Work Hours
Most remote jobs have regular work hours, but there are quite a few that do not. It is quite convenient to work on your own time without having a set schedule, but for some people, this may not work. If you’re someone who needs structure, I suggest building a regular work hour and sticking to it. Not only will this help towards the success of the company and yours, but this also allows you to make set plans without compromising work. I know I get off at 5 PM every day, so I make plans around the times I am set to work.
Learn New Skills
If you want to succeed at working remotely, then learn a new skill or software. Not only will you be boosting your value, but the company will see that you take your job seriously by learning new things. Also, while you may get some training, it will never be as good as the in-person training you would get if you worked in an office, so prepare yourself by learning new software.
Remote Work Life: Tips for Well-being
Remember how I mentioned that there are cons to working remotely? Well, the con goes hand in hand with wellbeing. Working remotely can get very lonely, especially since your co-workers are all online. Furthermore, not having a co-worker in your space can also worsen communication. So before you go into working remotely long term, check out the tips below to improve your well-being.
Create a Daily Routine
Create a routine incorporating work, exercise, personal hobbies, and anything else you think should be in your routine. By doing this, you’re improving your productivity as well as your mental health. I have a routine, where I add a hobby during my breaks and it has improved my productivity and motivation!
Develop Social Connections
Working remotely can get quite lonely, which is why it is important to develop social connections. Join community groups, chat with friends, and go on coffee dates. I’m part of different groups for this sole reason so that I’m not going stir-crazy. Trust me on this, working remotely will be a lot better if you make social connections.
Make Communication a Priority
Since you are not in the office to communicate directly with your co-workers, you have to make communication a priority. Make sure you are answering emails and team chats you may get. This also helps with your well-being; you are at least talking (typing to someone) and will help with your mental health.
Remote Work Life isn’t bad once you get the hang of it. Hopefully, these tips will help you in making it a better experience for you.