With focus and hard work you can be just as productive at home as you are in the office, if not more so. With this in mind, these five skills will be important for you to develop if you are to find success as a remote worker.
1.Master Time Management
When you work from home, you no longer have the usual rhythm of office life to schedule your day around. It’s true that one benefit to working at home is that you can set your own schedule and, for example, take appointments in the middle of the day, but you can’t let time get away from you.
Your calendar must become your best friend. You have to make sure that you aren’t sleeping past your alarm or letting your lunch breaks go on too long. You will also have to keep close track of any meetings; as a remote worker, you will have many video conferences and phone calls, whether they’re with important clients or simply to replace what could have been a quick stop by a coworker’s desk.
One great strategy for improving your productivity is the Pomodoro Technique, which establishes set periods for working and taking breaks throughout the day. You can easily try this strategy out with websites like Tomato Timer and Pomodoro Tracker.
2. Stay Connected like a Pro
When you work remotely, you may begin to feel distanced from the rest of the team. You won’t see your coworkers face-to-face, and you might begin to feel like you are on your own. Scheduling video conferences, taking phone calls, and maintaining communication on an instant messenger can all help you stay in contact with everyone on your team.
Staying connected is important to your mental health. Your well-being relies on being part of a team and feeling that you are important. If you don’t communicate with your coworkers you won’t feel valued, even if your job can be done without collaboration. Reach out to your coworkers and try to maintain relationships with them. It pays both personally and professionally to remind your coworkers that you exist once in a while.
3. Get Comfortable with being Alone
It is also important to remember that remote work requires not only working alone but being alone. Many people are jarred by the solitude they experience when they begin working from home for the first time and begin to feel stir-crazy. The absence of coworkers or any other outlet for socialization can begin to wear on people. It is important to develop the ability to spend entire workdays with only yourself for company.
It is important to ensure that you are getting the social stimulation you need elsewhere. You might be able to do this by simply having an active social life outside of work. And remember to keep in touch with your coworkers; video meetings, instant messaging, and phone calls can all be used to keep relationships going.
4. Build a Workflow that works for YOU
In order to keep track of everything you are accountable for, you have to master your calendar and your to-do list. It is up to you to be conscious of everything you have to do each day, the scope and timeline of any ongoing projects, and what your long-term goals are.
Try to find a workflow that works for you. You may prefer to use a spreadsheet, a day planner, a calendar app, or good old-fashioned sticky notes. Having a clean workspace and clear goals each day will be integral to staying organized on the job.