Are you trying to get a remote job or are you already in this situation? It’s hard to adapt to this new normal. Here’s what you can do.
Working remote is a talent, like any other, that we must acquire and immerse ourselves in before we can succeed. This is especially true when one is unexpectedly thrust into this scenario and must stay at home to complete their professional work. Going to the office is no longer an option.
The situation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic is not the same as working from home on a Sunday afternoon to catch up on emails or even working from home once a week. It necessitates more changes. The good news is that we get better at it the more we do it. The following are some recommendations to help you learn how to adapt to remote jobs faster.
Shift Your Mindset
Many people wonder if they would be able to separate their personal duties from their work-related responsibilities while working remotely. How can they concentrate on their work without being distracted by a barking dog, a noisy youngster, or a mound of laundry on the bathroom floor? It’s hard, right? Remote working isn’t something to take lightly.
You can make some effort to transform your perspective into a professional one. And it doesn’t have to be much different from your usual morning routine. Simply select your personal “mindset shifter” who can help you transition from personal to professional time in your own house.
One of the greatest ways to do so is to set up a room in your home for professional work. More importantly, you must communicate to your family members that this is your office and that once you sit in that chair, you are “at work.” It may also assist you in getting into the work mindset by preparing your workplace with everything you require to begin the workday, such as a freshly prepared cup of coffee or your favorite pen.
Creating a home office allows you to work in a comfortable, individualized environment of your own. Since you will spend eight to ten hours a day in that space, you may like to designate your second-best space for personal use (e.g., reading nook, den, “man cave”). Keep them as distinct as possible, and keep any distractions, such as your mail and unpaid bills, out of sight while you work. If you don’t have a spare room to utilize as an office, a desk or table will suffice; just be sure to label it as your “workspace.”
If you have a window for natural light, the lighting is much better. Moreover, invest in a comfortable chair; your back will be grateful. Consider investing in a second monitor; twin displays are no longer a “nice to have” in the modern era. That is also a way to make remote working more fun!
Your work computer should ideally be linked to the internet using an ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi for a speedier connection. Some routers allow you to prioritize certain devices on your home network so that another user on your network does not consume all the available bandwidth and you maintain a minimum amount of networking power.
Remote working is all about maximizing technology. Smartly use technology and tools. Here are some helpful tips:
- Considering your company’s IT infrastructure and policies, consider using cloud-based software (like Office365 or G-Suite) instead of desktop apps over virtual networks.
- Remote document management — Whenever practical, use a central storage solution for convenient file sharing, such as Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or Citrix ShareFile. Versioning saves time.
- Collaboration and communication For quick inquiries or conversations, use chat. Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and Slack help. You can use any of these applications as an all-in-one collaboration tool that offers chat, file sharing, and audio and video conferencing.
- Consider Remote meeting apps like Zoom, Webex, or GoToMeeting for video conferencing. These remote video conferencing solutions may not all be free, but they all offer a free or trial version to test them out before purchasing a license.
- You need a good video conferencing setup if you are working remotely for a while. This helps maintain team unity, especially if you used to work together every day. Use video when it adds value to the meeting, not just because you have it.
Quick team meetings are best conducted through audio calls. Video can take 20 times more bandwidth than audio. This can be important if the entire firm starts working from home and needs greater networking power.
Master the Teleconference
Traditional meetings become one-on-one phone calls or group conference calls when working from home.
Conference call tips abound. ProConference’s list is helpful.
More conference call tips:
- Dial-in early if it’s your first time, much like when you meet in person and don’t know the surroundings or participants.
- Send meeting files and an agenda early. When needed, use screen sharing (e.g., if you want to show your audience what changes you are making and how). Sending files before meetings will usually suffice and allow your audience to prepare.
- Don’t presume they know your voice. Introduce yourself before speaking or asking a question.
- Landlines are preferable.
- Instead of a speaker, use a headset.
- Consider recording conference calls so attendees can listen again or share with others who couldn’t attend. Keep the call basic and limited to dialogue for successful replays. Always indicate the page number when showing slides. This simplifies replays.
- Plan and test video conferencing before going live. You can also check-in as a normal participant from a separate device to see what other participants see.
- The mute button is essential for teleconferencing. Yes, mute. Misusing it might generate awkwardness. When you’re not chatting, mute your phone.
If you’re leading the call, ensure sure you can mute and unmute all participants to filter out background noise. This lets you start your call without noise.
Managing a Remote Team
There are a few additional things you can do as a team leader to manage your staff and maintain “remote team spirit”:
- When teams work remotely, the goals must be clarified even more. As a manager, you should hold regular one-on-one meetings with each of your employees to discuss performance goals, and you should be accessible to them if they need to contact you.
- Conduct a brief daily conference call with the entire team. In a remote work environment, it is difficult to overcommunicate. Even when you believe there is nothing to talk, you should schedule regular meetings. Maybe your call is only two minutes long, but at least everyone has the opportunity to check in once a day and voice any questions or concerns.
- A decent rule of thumb is to have a daily 5-10 minute team call and a biweekly 60-minute team call. Consider video conferencing for meetings where its use might be beneficial. An occasional team video conference is also an excellent opportunity for socializing, mentioning birthdays, announcing promotions, and presenting prizes and accolades.
As I indicated in the introduction, working from home is a culture, and within that culture, a trusting environment is essential for managing remote teams. You must have faith that every member of your team is working diligently to reach their objectives and deadlines. And your team must know they can rely on you to provide the trust and assistance they need to succeed in a remote work environment. Regular and open communication regarding expectations and workload can assist you in establishing this level of confidence.
Positive Affirmations for Work Confidence and Success
Do you typically enter your workday with a bad outlook and negative thoughts? Do you frequently experience tension and a sense of disorientation during the day? Discover below positive affirmations for the workplace that can help you remain calm, confident, and centered regardless of what’s occurring in the outside world.
Creating a Positive Work Mindset
As I prepared for work each morning, I used to immerse myself in endless negativity.
I was not doing work that I was passionate about at the time. Each day, I would arrive at the workplace as early as possible in order to get the day over with and leave as quickly as possible. I felt void and disoriented within. I was aware that this job was not for me, but I had no idea how to leave it. In addition to a solid salary, the position also provided excellent perks. That should have been sufficient, right? It felt egocentric to want anything greater.
Perhaps this is what job is like, I reasoned. Perhaps no one is expected to enjoy their employment. You simply show up for forty years and do your duty until you can eventually retire.
On top of that, I disliked my immediate supervisor tremendously. As I prepared for work in the morning, I would recall all of his recent actions that made me unhappy. Then, I would imagine him saying and doing more aggravating things to provoke my anger and play mental videos of these scenes in my head.
Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to state that I would spend one to two hours every morning immersed in pessimism, misery, and negativity.
And all of this occurred before I ever left my home.
Looking back, I can see how much I let external influences shape my perspective.
Because, even if I disliked my job, the job itself had no fundamental influence over my feelings. Even if my supervisor was not my favorite person, he had no control over my energy.
I alone am responsible for my energy.
Every day, I decide how I will feel.
Not my employer, Not my colleagues. Not clients or customers
Only I can select what energy enters and leaves my body.
I only began to observe mental shifts after committing to a consistent morning regimen that included meditation, journaling, and positive affirmations. More than anything else, these routines revealed to me how much I let negativity govern my life.
And it was at that moment, I resolved to make a change: to reclaim my narrative and not allow anything external to influence how I felt.
Do you have a job that you enjoy? Or is it one that covers the bills but doesn’t make you feel like you belong? Are you dissatisfied at work and simply present for a steady paycheck?
Regardless of your circumstances, you are the only person who can select what energy you let into your life and what energy you release into the world.
And the energy you put out into the world influences what you will receive.
You are deserving of a career that you adore.
You should wake up every morning eager for the day ahead.
Daily, you deserve to become more and more in love with what you do.
And it’s okay if you’re not there yet. Choose to perceive your current situation as a chance for advancement. Find every day small things to be grateful for. Instead of succumbing to worry and anxiety, take a few deep breaths and let a wave of serenity to sweep over you. Believe that you are precisely where you are supposed to be right now, and that this is leading you to bigger things.
Know that when you put out the energy of appreciation for everything you have, even when things aren’t perfect, more great people, resources, and experiences will come into your life for which you may be grateful.
How to Use These Affirmations?
These positive affirmations for work are intended to encourage positivity, self-assurance, and inner tranquility. These affirmations are intended to help you recall your inner strength and give you the bravery and strength to overcome any challenges that may arise during the workday.
Some of the affirmations are designed to help you create a happy mindset as you prepare for work, while others can be used as midday pick-me-ups.
Here are some simple yet powerful techniques for using positive affirmations:
- Every morning, write down three to five positive affirmations.
- While showering, preparing for the day, and commuting to work in the morning, repeat positive affirmations.
- Set up phone notifications that will display encouraging affirmations intermittently throughout the day.
- Post motivating affirmations on Post-it notes and distribute them across your desk.
- Make a commitment with a friend to send each other inspirational text messages throughout the day.
- Create a Daily Affirmations board on Pinterest that you may peruse whenever you need a quick boost of confidence.
- Every night before going to bed, state three positive affirmations.
In addition, begin to pay attention to your ideas. When you recognize that you are experiencing a negative thought that does not serve or promote your overall well-being, choose to say empowering affirmations to yourself instead. Once you begin establishing a more optimistic perspective, you’ll be amazed at how quickly and drastically your entire environment will change.
Positive Affirmations for Work
- I am confident, strong, and armed with a sense of self-worth.
- Today, I am ready to face whatever comes my way.
- I’ve got everything I need to succeed at this.
- I breathe in positive energy and exhale my anxieties.
- This day, no matter what happens, I am going to give it my all.
- I strive to get the most out of every situation.
- My energy is under my control. Only I have control over my emotions.
- Today, I’m choosing to feel calm, grounded, serene, and secure.
- In times of stress, I create a safe place where I can pause and take a few deep breaths.
- I am capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to.
- I’m devoted, focused, and unyielding in my pursuits.
- As a result of my efforts, I am entitled to recognition and reward.
- Respect and acceptance are my right and my duty.
- Others are happy to have me here and seem to appreciate my presence.
- I’ve decided to smile at everyone I meet and provide happiness to their day.
- Everyone around me is encouraging and encouraging; they have faith in me.
- Never do I let my employees down since I love them so much.
- When I’m in need of assistance, I’m able to both ask for and receive it.
- All of my efforts are appreciated and rewarded.
- I have the guts to stand up for myself.
- Positive ideas and behaviors are more powerful than negative ones.
- I’m able to let go of unpleasant emotions and thoughts that don’t serve me.
- I let rid of the things that deplete my energy.
- Focusing on what’s working instead of what’s not helps me stay positive.
- My tenacity is unfazed by the adversity of the world.
Positive Affirmations for Remote Work
- Today is the start of a good job and opportunity for me.
- Thank you in advance for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.
- I can spend time with my family while working.
- Not everyone can do what I can do.
- I am grateful for this new challenge.
- My environment isn’t toxic, and I can work better today.
- My setup is good, and I can do every work I need to accomplish.
- I will not be afraid of taking on this new experience.
If things take longer than expected or do not go smoothly at first, try not to be too hard on yourself. Working remotely is a talent that everyone should acquire, and it takes time for teams to adjust and figure out the most effective approach to collaborate with one another. The few easy rules that have been outlined above will, at the very least, assist you in avoiding some of the hazards that are all too typical when working remotely.