In a very short amount of time remote work has become extremely common and seems to be a practice that will be more widely adopted in the future. Transitioning to a remote working environment can be intimidating, so here’s 5 tips to help keep you on task and succeed in an online environment.
- Create an environment where you can focus
Keeping yourself from becoming distracted is one of the greatest challenges to working in an online environment. It is therefore key to create a space where you can be sure that the distractions of home will not get in the way of your productivity. This looks different for each person and depends on your learning/work style. Some suggestions for this can include having a clean and quiet workspace, a place to put your phone out of sight or on Do Not Disturb, and a well-lit area. There is room for your personal touch in creating this environment as well. Some people may find putting on professional clothes, having a candle burning, or putting pictures of family and friends on one’s desk can help maintain focus and create a comfortable working mindset.
2. Remember the professional aspect of work still exists online
While remote work doesn’t require one to be present in an office or company workspace, it is important to keep in mind the professional characteristics of the company still exist. It can be helpful to imagine oneself in the traditional work environment and be sure to act accordingly to maintain professionalism. Examples of this can be dressing and speaking professionally in virtual meetings and frequently communicating with colleagues as you were to in the traditional workplace. Keeping this level of professionalism shows your employer that you are just as valuable in and outside of the office environment.
3. Communicate as much as possible
One of the downsides to working remotely is that it may seem harder to communicate with colleagues and employers since it is not as easy as approaching them or responding in a meeting. However, it is still possible and even more important to do so when working remotely. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out if directions are unclear and be sure to participate in meeting discussions. Transparency will be the best method of staying on task and never being lost while working remotely.
4. Take advantage of the benefits of working remotely
Many may not realize some of the benefits of working at home and it is very helpful to one’s mental health and wellness to recognize and act on these positive aspects of the new situation. Working remotely eliminates the time spent commuting to and from work as well as some of the monotonous aspects of being in a physical office space. You can choose to fill these times during the working hours with more productivity and communication with colleagues. For the time saved outside of working hours, one can spend doing activities that they normally may not be able to fit into a workday like working out, taking a walk, reading, or cooking meals. Having more free time to do these activities is one of the great benefits of working remotely.
5. Know when to log off
With working remotely, the lines between work and home can become blurred. In order to succeed in the workplace it is vital to have personal and self-care time. This can mean setting a boundary of when you stop checking/answering emails for the day or setting aside time for family and friends once the workday ends. Being constantly involved in your work, even outside of working hours, can make one feel burnt out and exhausted.