With the covid-19 pandemic turning the world upside down, more companies have started working remotely. Working remotely seems to be the future owing to the current situation.
Which means no more setting the alarm for early in the morning, no more sitting in your cubicle or desk all day. You can set your own hours and work when you feel like it. Freedom is yours!
But working remotely comes with its own set of challenges. So, today we talk about those challenges and also how you can overcome them
Manage your own schedule
The entire world is working by the concept of “normal business hours” which works as an efficient time management tool. When you have set hours, you know when you’re supposed to work and when you are free to pursue other interests and spend time with your family.
Without any clear structure and planning, working from home can often be pretty troublesome and boring. We often find ourselves sleeping in or procrastinating only to find ourselves rushing to complete the work before the given deadline.
To tackle this problem, set aside your work hours and stick to them. Once you do that, you can plan all your other activities around it, which means no sleeping in late as well as no procrastinating.
Draw a line between work and professional life
When you work from home you don’t have a division between a work and a professional life. Home is a place for your relaxation, safety and security. The idea of being at home automatically slips you in to a calm and easygoing state of mind, which in turn, put the work related stress and pressure behind you.
To tackle that, you must set aside a physical working space from the rest of your home. That means, you need to create a home office in which when you are working, nobody should interrupt.
Reduced supervision & direction
No matter how much you hate your boss, but you can’t run away from the fact that bosses provide a crucial purpose, providing direction and supervision. They not only tell you what you need to do, but also provide crucial feedback on it.
If you work with an employer, remain in close communication with your supervisor, ask them which projects you need to prioritize and when you expect to reach each milestone
Challenges in communication and coordination
It’s hard enough to hold productive in-person meetings to coordinate different team members’ efforts to remain aligned. When everyone works from home, it becomes all the harder to stay on the same page.
If you’re a boss or supervisor, schedule weekly phone or videoconference meetings with your most important teams. Check each team member’s progress toward their previously agreed-upon deliverables and goals.
Working from home comes with a number of benefits, from avoiding the daily work commute to a more flexible work schedule to being able to work from anywhere in the world. But, if you want the freedom of working from anywhere, be prepared for additional responsibilities too.