Working Remotely Tips and Tools: Your Complete Guide

As more companies embrace remote work, working from home has become the new normal for a lot of us. The ability to work from anywhere with a wifi connection is part of the allure of remote work life. Having a flexible schedule is another benefit, especially for parents with young children at home. With a remote work schedule, appointments and errands can be scheduled during the day without having to leave the office.

While there are countless benefits of at-home work, there are also some challenges to overcome. When you’re working from home, it can be difficult to know when to end your workday and make time for your personal life. Remote workers are blessed with a modern, flexible environment, but are almost on call since their workplace is their home. 

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Challenges of Remote Work

Many remote workers feel lonely and isolated– especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical to spend time with your family. If that’s not possible, try video chatting with your friends and family to beat isolation. Another remote work obstacle to overcome is having a functional working space. Without a designated at-home office, it can feel impossible to stay focused. 

Pro Tip: If you work from home, try making a designated office space that’s just for work. This can help you separate work from home life. 

Overcoming Communication Barriers

To be a successful remote employee, it’s important to communicate effectively with your remote team members. This can be difficult when some of your team members are overseas and English is not their first language. Video conferencing on a regular basis, like once a week can help you stay on the same page and connect with your team. 

Creating the Perfect Routine

When your kids, pets, or spouse are interrupting you throughout the day, it can be almost impossible to stay productive. Crafting a schedule that works for you and your family will help you stay on task throughout the workday. Planned productivity time makes a big difference for at-home work. 

Conclusion

Many employees love working from home full time, but it also has a different set of obstacles to overcome. Start work at a designated time and stick to a routine, stay connected with your team through video calls and emails, and make time for your personal life. 

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Amanda King

Amanda King is a Content & SEO Manager at ITVibes in The Woodlands, TX. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in mass communication and electronic media. She’s always had a passion for writing, but her education at Texas State helped turn that passion into a career. She enjoys photography, fashion and spending cozy evenings with her Teacup Chihuahua.