With a growing number of people working remotely, it may not be long before you have your opportunity to do so.
While this may be a bit scary at first – especially if you don’t have any experience working from home – there are a few steps you can follow to put yourself on the right track.
Above all else, you need to remember one thing: just because you are working remotely doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. You still have a job to do, and you need to dedicate yourself to working in a productive and efficient manner.
If you’ll be working remotely in the future or are already doing so, here are five tips to keep in mind:
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a remote worker is assuming you don’t need a schedule. This is one of the quickest ways to find yourself falling behind on your work.
Just the same as working in an office, you need to know when you’ll arrive at your desk and when you’ll call it quits for the day.
Although you have more flexibility with your schedule, you still need something in place to keep you in order.
This is easier said than done for some, but it’s something you should definitely look into.
Can you convert a spare bedroom into an office? How about a room in your basement? What about a closet?
If none of these things work for you, it may be time to find a quiet space in your home that can “pull double duty.” For instance, you can use your bedroom to sleep at night but work during the day. It may not be the ideal arrangement, but it could work nonetheless.
It may not bother you at first, but over time you’ll find just how difficult it can be to work alone. It’s essential to remain in touch with others, such as your coworkers, clients, and prospects.
There are many ways of doing so. Maybe you use an enterprise instant messenger for communicating with your team. Or maybe you set up lunch dates every now and again with local clients.
Even if you enjoy working alone, there’s no replacement for human interaction. You need this if you want to reach peak performance.
Since there is no one looking over your shoulder, it’s easy to slack off. Maybe you decide to sleep an extra hour in the morning. Or maybe you decide to leave for the day a couple hours early.
While you want to take advantage of the flexibility, don’t let this drag down your performance.
This is a huge problem when working from home, as there is always something to distract you.
From the television playing in the background to the kitchen pantry full of food, there will be temptations all around.
By removing distractions from your office, it’s much easier to stay on track from the beginning of your day until the end.
There are not the only tips that will help you achieve more success when working remotely, but they should definitely get you in the right frame of mind.
Do you have any experience working remotely? What do you like about this arrangement? What would you change if you could? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.