Mind over matter – adjusting to remote work

Remote working is something that many companies are embracing. Thanks to COVID-19, remote work is on the rise, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. It helps keep costs down and gives employees a more enjoyable, relaxed work environment. 

However, remote work does take some adjustment. The move from an office environment to working from home can take some getting used to. You often have more responsibility with your timetable, working habits and location, as well as routine. 

So if you’re looking to make the switch or have already made the transition from office-based to remote work, here’s what you need to know to settle in faster.

Have a dedicated workspace to work from home

Having a dedicated work area will help you stay focused. You may not have the luxury of a home office, but you can still set yourself up a dedicated workspace of your own. See where you can set up a small desk in the kitchen or living room, for example. And if you need to use the kitchen table or sofa, at least set yourself up some dedicated storage space for your work equipment and stationery.

Remote workers need to stay in touch with the office

Schedule regular check-ins with the office. Seeing other people on video and communicating with your team can help make the adjustment to remote work a little easier and feel a little less lonely.

Establish a clear method of communication

Establish how you will be communicating with your team and/or the office. You have email and telephone at a basic level, but online solutions such as Slack or even WhatsApp can help, as can Zoom video conferencing. The key here is to set an established communication method that is suitable for you and your team’s needs and makes it easy for you all to communicate together.

Find a routine that suits you

Routines are essential, but you don’t always have to stick with the one you followed in the office. Find the way that works for you and suits your natural energy patterns. If you’re looking for tips to increase your productivity levels, check out these
great productivity hacks.

Give yourself time to adjust to remote work

Making the switch from office-based employee to remote worker can take time. So roll with the changes and understand that there will be highs and lows. Give yourself time to settle in and adjust to your new working environment and dynamic.

Build a community around you

This isn’t about just work. Have a social life and human interaction generally. It’s far too easy to lock yourself at home and forget about the importance of having a community around you. Your friends, family and colleagues can help support you, keep you motivated and help you relax – so protect your community!

Remember to look after yourself

And finally, remember the importance of self-care. Establish a routine for your mental and physical health. Ensure you always have healthy snacks to hand, schedule in time for exercise and look after your mental health. This blog shares some
mental health hacks you can follow if you’re a remote worker. And if you’re looking to manage your stress levels, here are some easy stress management tips for you to implement. 

Remote working is something that many companies are embracing. But making the switch from office-based to remote work can take time. By following the tips above, you’ll be able to make the transition a lot easier and smoother for you.

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