A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Work
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Social distancing guidelines have pushed remote work into the mainstream. If this is your first time working from home, you probably have mixed feelings about all of it. For some people, remote work is a dream come true; for others, it’s something of a nightmare. Here are some tips you can use to find your work-from-home flow, make the most of the moment, and figure out whether remote work might be a good fit for you over the long term.
Establish a Routine
A regular schedule will establish a work-life balance at home.
Make time for a morning routine rather than waking up and getting to work immediately.
Take lunch away from your desk to break up your day.
Avoid working late into the evening whenever possible to protect your work-life balance.
Create a Workspace
Working in your dining room, living room, or bedroom can hold your productivity back.
A dedicated workspace will improve your focus and make you more productive.
Set up a home office with a sturdy desk, comfortable chair, and all the other hardware you need for your day.
Make sure your home WiFi is fast enough to support video calls and conferences.
If you have spotty cell service, consider setting up a landline.
Remote Work After COVID
You can make use of your WFH skills long after the pandemic has passed.
If you wind up preferring remote work, you can look into remote positions in the future.
Keep track of how you thrive to prove your skills in future job interviews. Need help keeping your nerves in check? Turning Point has an excellent article that can teach you how to keep your composure during an interview.
You can pick up a side job to do at home, such as a writer, programmer, or, if you’re great at graphic design, Canva flyer maker.
Use your remote work skills to pursue your own passion projects.
Working from home is an adjustment, and it might not be a good fit for you long-term. However, we hope these resources help. Finding ways to stay focused and productive at home will make the pandemic’s impact that much more bearable.
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