by Chelsea Lamb
How to Thrive as a Remote Worker
Working from home can be a steep learning curve, especially for those who thrive in an office environment. When the COVID-19 pandemic caused offices to close around the country, companies were forced to send their employees home and develop remote working strategies. While some people might have welcomed the change, working from home can be challenging for a number of reasons. If you’re new to remote work and are having difficulties adapting, use this resource to help you thrive in the pandemic era.
Adapting to working from home
It’s possible to be just as productive at home as at the office if you follow some of these tips.
- Create a designated workspace in your home to make it distraction-free.
- Set regular hours for your workday, and don’t forget to take breaks for lunch and rests.
- If you have kids at home, recognize that you may need to be flexible with your work hours — ask your boss for some leniency around deadlines.
Improve your technology
Having the right tools is paramount to being a successful remote worker.
- If your personal laptop isn’t cutting it, consider shopping for a new one, and use a Lenovo coupon to help you save money on your investment.
- Consider getting a mouse (bluetooth versions are really useful) to help you navigate your laptop with ease.
- If you’re consistently on the phone for work, be sure to buy a headset or bluetooth earbuds to make your calls more enjoyable.
Working from home will require a mental shift.
- One of the challenging parts of working from home is coping with distractions—stay focused by following these tips.
- If you’re having trouble completing your work projects at home, schedule regular check-ins with your boss or manager to help you stay focused.
- Keep tabs on your mental health and take care of yourself by exercising regularly and reaching out to friends and family for support.
- Consider professional coaching via Principia if you need further guidance with adapting to the new pandemic era.
Working from home is a big transition for many office workers, so use the above advice to help you thrive in a remote setting.
Chelsea Lamb has spent the last eight years honing her tech skills and is the resident tech specialist at Business Pop. Her goal is to demystify some of the technical aspects of business ownership.