5 Challenges Of Working Remotely;Amazing Solutions To Overcome Them
30 June 2020 Blog
Working remotely or working from home as we know it comes with its own set of unique challenges .You won’t find in a traditional office space. Whether voluntary or involuntary – It is a new normal we are trying to adapt to due to the recent virus outbreak – you need to know what you’re in for you need to prepare as no pne knows when things would go back to “normal”.
Remote work has a lot of benefits such as setting your own hours and working in your pajamas. But if you’re not ready for the challenges they might take you completely off guard.
If you find yourself struggling to manage time, self-motivate, communicate, and take care of your physical and mental health, then read on,this is a long read but it is worth it for you.When you identify these common problems and know exactly how to tackle them, and your work from home, whether permanent or temporary, will go a lot smoother.
Remote Working Challenge #1: Self-Motivation
Relying on your own self-control will often end in disaster. What a structured office environment has going for it is that it’s very helpful for keeping focus.It is so much easier to get off track on your personal computer in a house packed with kids, spouses, and/or pets. One quick peek at social media, or a sudden intrusion from an unwelcome visitor, and you could get thrown off for minutes or hours.
In addition, while sitting around at home, you might find it difficult getting into – or out of – the professional mindset. When you’re used to following a set routine and driving to your job every day, it’s hard to associate the comforts of home with difficult tasks.
Solution: Create a Better Environment
Create a workspace away from the chaos of the rest of your home, in a spare bedroom or at least tucked into a quiet corner. Keep this area organized, clean, and free of anything that could draw you out of your focus.
. Keep your phone out of easy arm’s reach and on silent except for calls from clients, coworkers, or your boss.
Remote Working Challenge #2: Time Management Issues
When distraction kicks in, struggles with time management quickly follow. Working in a disruptive environment full of traps that could easily sidetrack you, you’re likely to overestimate how much time you have (or just not think about it until the deadline is suddenly on the horizon).
On the flip side, overexerting yourself is another big issue. Without a clear clock-out time and a pile of assignments that need to get done, many people push themselves into exhaustion.
Solution: Follow a Strict Schedule
Make sure to start and especially stop work at consistent times. Don’t let yourself slip into starting too late, or worse, pushing yourself deep into the night. Schedule plenty of breaks and give yourself a few minutes to step away and relax. If you start to feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to leave your workspace for a brief impromptu refresh.
Stay on top of your game Keep a calendar for marking due dates, . Break your projects into pieces and use your calendar to make sure you’re staying on top of it all.
Remote Working Challenge #3: Communication
It’s also a lot more difficult to understand what someone is asking of you, or what their intended tone was. Overall, communicating online is a very messy affair, and there’s going to be an adjustment period for everyone involved.
Solution: Be Clear and Persistent
Online, it’s easy for jokes or sarcasm to be misconstrued. A message you thought was innocuous could come off entirely wrong. People may have more trouble than usual understanding you if you’re not being perfectly clear, and vice versa.
Try to type with a clear and friendly tone that can’t be misunderstood. Don’t worry too much over exact wording, but read over your messages before sending to ensure they make sense.Be persistent until you get desired responses ,instructions etc
When possible, try to schedule a face-to-face meeting, even if it’s just over online video or voice chat. Make the most of these meetings to ask about anything you’re struggling with. This should make communication a lot smoother.
Remote Working Challenge #4: Loneliness
You may not notice that you’re starting to feel worse at first, but even introverts need social interaction of some form. Isolating yourself might not seem like such a big deal, but eventually, you’re going to feel the effects. Staying in your house all day, never seeing anyone, can get lonely pretty fast.
Let enough time pass like this, and you’re sure to crash from lack of any interaction.
Solution: Don’t Isolate Yourself
It’s not good to lock yourself away in your house. You should get out and find a safe way to meet with your friends .Try to get a schedule going on a perhaps a monthly basis so you don’t fall behind on social interaction. visit a friend; every month, get all your coworkers together to discuss what’s been happening. And so on.
Alternatives for Self-Quarantine
Of course, in the wake of COVID-19, going out like this isn’t recommended. It’s best to stay inside and keep you and everyone around you safe. But that doesn’t mean you have no way to get any social interaction in. Here are a few alternatives:
- Set up a schedule with your friends for phone or video calls to make sure you stay in touch. Create WhatsApp Groups to keep each other up to date.
- Use professional group chats with your coworkers.
- form individual and group text chats, as well as one-on-one and group voice/video calls, professional or casual.
- Make sure to include fun stuff. For example, services like watching your favorite series remotely with friends.
Remote Working Challenge #5: Personal Health
Health can be a big issue for those who suddenly begin working from home and aren’t ready to adapt their routine. Exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, and absorbing adequate amounts of sunlight are all incredibly important. The consistent routine of a traditional job often provides them for you without you having to think about it.
Take that away, and you may find yourself feeling weak, depressed, or sick without knowing entirely why.
Solution: Take Care of Yourself
Put in the extra effort to stay healthy.Establish a new routine with healthy habits built in to make up for the sudden deficit. Make sure to take into account all of these:
- Whatever time you choose to wake up with your new freedom, get a routine running and keep it consistent. Don’t be going to bed and getting up at wildly varying hours.
- Keep exercising. Take a walk around the neighborhood, or set up an exercise machine in your house. If you can’t do either of those, research no-equipment workout routines online and try them
- Go outside for at least ten minutes a day to absorb sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone problems, illness, fatigue, or depression. Even if you’re self-isolating right now, just step out into the yard and soak up some sun. There’s no harm in it, and avoiding sunlight can make you even more susceptible to sickness.
- If you have trouble getting enough to eat, set alarms to make sure you get at least three meals a day. Remember not to overwork yourself.
- Speaking of overworking: it will quickly lead to stress. Stick strictly to your schedule. When it’s time to stop, put the laptop away and take some time to unwind. Even if you’re a little behind, tomorrow is the time to reassess your time management strategy and get back on track.
How do you deal with the challenges of working remotely? Any additional tips?please share
- Source www.torquemag.io(Edited)