In a world of WeWork and unconventional working environments, the idea of a “traditional” workplace is becoming more and more antiquated. Indeed, 50 percent of the United States workforce will soon work remotely.
This means a lot more meetings in your pajamas, for sure. But it also means that a large chunk of people in the workforce will eventually have to adapt to different routines. How can you set yourself up for success in an environment where the only one putting your feet to the fire is yourself?
Make sure you don’t make these mistakes if you find yourself working remote.
Not Having a Set Schedule
One of the most common mistakes people make transitioning to remote work is not following a set schedule. Yes, depending on your situation you can roll out of bed and begin working whenever you want to. But that is one way to ensure that your work days are unpredictable.
Having a set schedule will boost productivity and give your days some structure, even if your situation is unconventional. Have hours that you are available, a lunch hour, and a time when you are off the clock. It will not only help your productivity but will also set boundaries with your supervisors and coworkers.
Making Sure You Have the Right Setup and Backup Options
Working remotely means that your wi-fi connection is your lifeline. It’s where your day ends and begins and a finicky wi-fi can torpedo a few hours out of your day. Make sure you have a stable wi-fi connection.
If your wi-fi goes south for whatever reason, make sure you have a backup plan. And, no, a backup plan isn’t trying to guess the wi-fi password of the Chinese spot next door. Have a reliable coffee shop or place you can escape to if you experience a wi-fi drought.
Indeed, wi-fi is crucial, but along with a noisy coffee shop, hectic household, or e-mail chimes, distractions are all around us. If you can, consider snoozing notifications on Slack or if you are using an offline program, turning off your wi-fi for 30 minutes completely.
This has a payoff in a couple of ways. For one, you get your work done in concentrated spurts rather than in erratic chunks. And it allows you to reward yourself after throughout the day. Work for a set period of time, then check Twitter for the latest Game of Thrones conversation. Rinse and repeat.
Above all, though, the foundational pillar of successful remote work is communication. Since you and your coworkers aren’t in close proximity to each other, communication, whether that is through Zoom meetings or Slack, becomes even more crucial. Assure that there aren’t any misunderstandings or missed deadlines through proactive and effective communication, and working remote turns into less of a headache right away.