Tips for Remote Work
It’s 2019 and working from home isn’t a foreign concept to most companies. With the abundance of software and accountability tools, there isn’t really a place to hide from co-workers or employers when tasks are assigned to you. Working with companies across the United States remote from LA taught me how to become a better long-distance communicator. I wanted to share some actions I take to stay motivated and work as hard as I can just how I would at the office.
It took a lot of grit and building up confidence to ask my previous and current employers to work from home.
In 2017, I landed a role at a startup in San Francisco, and I was able to request full-time remote work in LA. It wasn’t easy and glorious as every person I’d interact with made me feel. But it has been the most productive prime-time of my professional life. It wasn’t easy in year one or even year two, it took a ton of discipline and rigor to create a streamlined design system that allows me to work from home and complete my tasks within a daily eight hour time-frame, five days a week.
Working from home is not easy but it’s absolutely possible.
There is a lot of stigma around remote work and myths that need to be debunked ASAP, like the idea of missing out on human interactions and community life. Yet, working remote is one of the best investments I’d given myself turning thirty years old adding that I’ve been working non-stop since I was 16 years old. These are some hacks and mental tricks to control how you feel about working from home when you don’t know why you’re doing what you do:
There are some non-negotiable rules you should set yourself up for every single morning working remote:
1 – Get up an hour or two earlier.
Give your body thirty minutes to workout and thirty minutes to enjoy your beverage, read, shower, eat, watch something, always put on fresh clothes, etc. The idea here is to ease into the day instead of the classic roll-out-of-bed onto the computer scenario.
2 – Know where you left off.
Always have an idea before starting work where you left off yesterday by keeping notes on your desk ready for you the next morning.
3 – Be positive.
When you start your day, never sit down with a sigh but with a smile. These tiny tricks matter when the eighth hour rolls in and you’ve been staring at the screen all day long.
4 – Set a truthful intention.
Don’t say, I’ll finish this when I complete that, don’t decide to declutter your life at the wrong moment, and try to be easy on the tasks you have set for the day.
5 – Always start with the hardest first.
Try to finish the ongoing assignments, so you can ease off your day, don’t let customers wait for your respond and finish what is late.
6 – Journaling is important.
Keep two journals nearby, one can be an intentional journal about personal development and plans. The second journal should have notes related to your job and tasks, ideas you may want to share, and questions if you have any for your team members later when you convene during daily meetings.
7 – Quit Perfectionism.
Quit responding to your company chat groups first thing.
It’s still too early in the day to waste these precious quiet hours. Avoid starting the day by reading never-ending threads of people’e memes and jokes along with inquiries and suggestions. Trust me, if it’s a fire drill and they need to reach you, your boss will know how to find you.
8 – Be forth-coming and honest.
If you want to sleep in, let them know the night before or the dawn of that day you’ll be offline for the first few hours of that morning, and don’t do that a lot, don’t put yourself in a place where you wouldn’t want others to comment about you not showing up every morning.
If you need a day off, don’t disappear and request it beforehand. And certainly, if you will not be delivering by the end of the week and there is no way you’re meeting the deadline, let your manager know a few days ahead of time about your status and the things you’re struggling with. There is always a solution around these issues.
9 – Don’t let people who don’t work with you doubt your capabilities of being your own boss and holding yourself accountable and responsible.
10 – Be proud of the work you’ve done and cheer yourself on even when no one is looking.
Consistency is key, now when I go back to our company for visits or meetings, I never feel that I am missing out because I am so invested in the time I spend with them, giving my best work, my experience, while choosing to always learn along the way.