After two years of having to deal with a deadly pandemic, the world's reliance on the internet is becoming way more prominent. If you remember, businesses struggled to undergo digital transformation after global lockdown forced them to close their doors.
Now, it seems like people are enjoying working from the comfort of their homes - and employers aren't minding the change either. And why would they? Saving money in terms of rental and electricity bills is cause for celebration. Employees, too, get to save their transportation costs and time. It's a win-win for all!
So since remote work is growing to be so prominent now, here are a couple of tips for you to successfully navigate and adjust to this new normal.
1. Don't Lose Your Routine
You might think remote work is all about spending the night watching Netflix, sleeping long hours, and staying in bed all day. Well, think again. Just because you have to work from home doesn't mean you won't have deadlines.
It also doesn't mean that you can't lose your job. Maintaining a routine will help your mind have control of the GTD (getting things done) zone. You can also keep yourself flexible, meaning some days get to be more productive than others. As long as your weekly tasks are accomplished, there's nothing to worry about.
2. Don’t Be a Pajama Sloth
Yes, one of the best things about being home all day is that you don't have to "dress up". But, that doesn't mean you stay in your pajamas all day long. The idea is to basically change out of what you slept in - it could be workout gear, loungewear, or whatever else you fancy. You'll notice the difference once you make a habit out of this. Changing your clothes puts your brain out of its relaxed state and helps your mind focus on work better.
3. Take Advantage of Being Remote
Remember that working remotely is a perk and you should take advantage of it to the fullest. Now that you're saving so much commute time and are getting to rest off the tiredness completely, why not look into a new hobby?
Life is all about self-improvement and now's the perfect time to jump on that bandwagon. If you're guilty of not leaving your home for long stretches, maybe you could meet up with a friend who's also working remotely at a coffee shop to break the monotony.
There's plenty to gain from remote work - but first, you need to make habit of treating your days less like an overstretched vacation and more like you're a full-time working employee.