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Just because you have flexibility doesn’t mean work is easy

The way we work has changed dramatically for many (for those in the regions, maybe not so much) and reading the statistics that are being thrown around the Internet, it appears that many are finding that they are more productive working from the kitchen table than at their desk in the office (particularly after being stuck in a soul-crushing commute). Wherever you find yourself working, there’s a good chance your day looks and feels different from every other remote worker.

But just because you have flexibility in how your workday looks, doesn’t mean it’s all easy peasy lemon squeezy-work-when-you-wantsy-it’s-five-o’clock-somewhere. It’s important you’re clear about your (or your employer’s) expectations, so you don’t suffer a crushing blow to your dream of sitting in a tutu looking pensively out the window, penning random thoughts at your leisure à la Carrie in Sex in the City. Sigh. If only.

Things you just have to have sorted.

  • You need a laptop and a strong, reliable internet connection. This is a no-brainer, but it may mean your working location changes because of it. We know one gal who does her work on her tablet in the ute on top of the farm hill, as this is where the strongest internet connection is. That’s determination! We like it. #grit.
  • Having the right tools, software and equipment at your disposal so your workday is smooth and happy. A well organised digital calendar is crucial so you can jump on those meetings, while file sharing and communicating software are paramount members of your remote working toolkit.
  • Get clear with your schedule and hours that you’re expected to be communicating. Management will have guidelines on whether you’re meant to be at your desk between certain hours, clock on for however many hours a day at times that suit you, or if your workday is defined by your output.
  • Boundaries are one of the most important things to have when working remotely. Boundaries are critical to be clear on, so that your team and boss knows when they can get in touch and expect a timely, efficient response. On the flip side too; just because you work remotely, doesn’t mean you’re accessible outside your working hours. Burn out is extremely common for remote workers, and you need to be very clear about when emails are on and when they’re OFF.

Have any tips of the trade you fancy sharing? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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This post was written by Jo Palmer on LinkedIn and is republished here with permission. 

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