If the pandemic-related events in these past months are anything to go by, it’s evident that people are becoming increasingly adaptive. Case in point, a recent study shows that the rate of remote working has skyrocketed to 115% and is expected to take further upward trajectories in months to come. In other words, working remotely is likely to become the new gold standard. Evidently, working from home has a feel of comfort to it so it’s only natural that people gravitate towards it. To that end, you’ll want to join the working-from-home trend if this finding is anything to go by.
That said, except for veteran remote workers such as freelance data analysts or developers, not everyone considers working remotely as a walk in the park for one reason or the other. In that regard, no truer words have ever been spoken than those of Mahatma Gandhi, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Owing to that, we’ve compiled some of the best tips from seasoned remote workers at EPAM Anywhere from diverse working fields. These include:
- Setup a permanent working station
- Create a schedule
- Do away with distractions
- Take intermittent breaks
- Keep in touch with your colleagues
Setting up a Workstation Makes All The Difference
As convenient as it is to work from home, it also comes with its set of challenges such as laziness, missing deadlines, distractions, and miscommunications, among others. The silver lining is, many of these challenges can be prevented having taken some proactive measures. The first step is to set up a workstation at home to not only make working easier but to promote mental readiness and commitment to work.
Given that not everyone can afford to designate a room as an office space, a simple table and chair that can accommodate your working tools are preferable. Suffice to say, your workstation needs to be equipped with a computer and other essentials as well as drawers and folders to compartmentalize your documents. That said, sufficient lighting will go a long way to make it possible to work without any long-term damage to your vision.
Create a Compatible Schedule
While working from home will save you a lot of commuting time, it also means, you are likely to sleep past working hours. In other words, it can get a bit challenging to manage time efficiently and consistently from the get-go. Luckily, that’s nothing a little scheduling can’t fix. Make a compatible schedule to separate working hours from personal hours, preferably the night before, and stick to it. This will ensure that you approach work with the same level of seriousness as though you were in the office.
Take Intermittent Breaks
Contrary to what one might think, working remotely takes a little getting used to and does little to none for you when it comes to fatigue. Ergo, taking well spread-out intermittent breaks will go a long way to help ease you into the change of working environment, as well as rejuvenate you as many times as needed. A great way to spend your break is to go for a stroll or do some exercises to stretch your tired muscles.
Suffice to say, although many companies still provide employee benefits for remote staff, it still pays to make your health a priority with intermittent breaks.
Keeping in touch With Colleagues
Often than not, most remote staff members keep in touch on social media platforms to work on projects. However, it’s still essential to keep friendships and acquaintances alive should you be in an independent position where communicating with work colleagues is not in the job requirements.
All indications point to the fact that many companies are likely to retain or create extra remote working positions for employees even in the post-pandemic era. To that end, the earlier you get your workstation and remote working tools and tips together, the better off you will be. So why wait?
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