Working remotely is more difficult than many people imagine it will be. While it sounds easy–after all, you don’t have to commute, and the freedom is so convenient–removing the boundaries that a traditional office setting places on you can actually make it more difficult to know what to do.
In a traditional work setting, we know the social cues. We know what to do to stand out to our bosses and show them we’re valuable employees.
Today, more people are working remote, particularly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve been unexpectedly rushed into remote work, it can be even more difficult to know how to get your bearings and succeed at your job.
Proving that you know how to manage your time is going to be one of the best ways you can stand out while working remotely.
So let’s look at how you do that.
1. Keep A Schedule
You need to have work hours and personal hours. Working any time will quickly turn into working all the time. By keeping regular work hours, you’ll be more likely to get your tasks done before quitting time. If you don’t feel that pressure to finish by the end of the work day, you may end up working all evening and never be completely off work.
Not only will this likely make you miserable, you’ll be less effective at your job.
Keeping regular work hours, and informing your colleagues of this hours, also means the people you work with know when they can count on being able to get in touch. This makes you a more reliable employee and one who clearly knows how to manage their time efficiently.
2. Continue To Have Meetings
A lot of people complain about work meetings and view remote work as an excuse to get out of them. We’ve all been to meetings that could have been summarized in a brief email before, so the dislike for meetings is understandable. However, that face time with your colleagues is valuable.
Schedule virtual work meetings to keep in touch with everyone and stay on the same page.
This also creates a great time limit for accountability. You’re going to have your report done before that next virtual call with your boss, just in case they ask about it.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Over Communicate
It’s easy to feel like you don’t need to message your boss again, but this is often a mistake when working remotely. While you don’t need to ask them unnecessary questions and make it seem like you can’t work on your own, it is valuable to tell them what you’re doing.
Give them updates on where you’re at on particular projects. Communicate what your work hours are going to be, especially if they’re going to be different one day. Letting everyone know where you’re at shows that you are working and that you are holding yourself accountable while working remote.