I’ve been working remotely for 15 years – either full time or part time. With the recent shift of having employees work from home due to health and safety reasons, I have 3 big tips for people not used to it. They will save your sanity, your creativity, and, really, your job.
- Create boundaries. Unless you are a seasoned remote veteran, don’t work in the area where you live, eat, or sleep. You will want boundaries and a separation of work life and home life. Even if this means a desk in the corner of a room, you’ll want a spot just for work so at the end of the day you can unplug from work.
- Take a break. Repeat that. You’ll feel guilty, afraid of being accused of not working, or even confused on how to take a real break when working from home, but this is important. Your body and brain will thank you. If you were in the office, you’d get a break, get restroom time, get caught at the water cooler with co-workers. You’ll need that time to recharge and refocus. Don’t believe the lie you can’t take a break.
- Work with background noise. This can be music, your favorite playlist, white noise, whatever it is. Try a few different noises out. They are good for focus and your brain. You might even feel better. The right noise can help you think, solve that problem, or super charge that project to the next level.
There you are. 3 tips to work remotely. There are more. But these 3 were on the top of my list that I wish I knew 15 years ago.