Transitioning from a traditional work environment to remote work is not something that’s out of the norm nowadays. Jobholders and companies alike are increasingly adopting remote work options, and the ability to adapt to an out-of-office workplace has never been so important. If you’re currently making the transition into digital nomadism, you’re in luck because today’s blog is a 101 guide on how to become a happy remote worker!
Step 1: Know What You’re Looking For
The first step to successfully transitioning into remote work is having a good idea of the type of remote work that best suits your lifestyle. While you’re on the hunt for a job, keep in mind that many remote positions are contract-based and don’t have anything in the form of benefits. If you’re ok with doing your own taxes and paying into an insurance plan that isn’t attached to your job, then this type of position could serve you well. If not, don’t settle for less.
Step 2: Get Your Office Ready
Once you’ve secured your remote position, it’s time to set up your office. Set aside a space in your home that is solely dedicated to working and far from any distractions – food, TV, video games, etc. Don’t hesitate to spend a pretty penny on ergonomic office chairs, a strong WiFi connection, good lighting, and a sturdy desk – your productivity is worth the cost!
Step 3: Experiment and Find Your Footing
There are no set rules in place as to how to structure your day as a remote worker, which means you need to figure out what works best for you. Take note of times of day when your energy levels are at their highest and try out different ways of organizing your work (apps, folders, Google drives, etc.). When you settle on a system that works stick with it!
Step 4: Set Some Ground Rules
Set some ground rules for yourself so that you maximize your efficiency while making the most of the perks of flexible working hours. For example, you could make one of your ground rules that projects have to be 90% complete the night before they are due. Alternatively, you could entitle yourself to a 20-minute break only after working for two hours straight. Whatever your ground rules are, just make sure you establish them early on in your remote career.
Step 5: Find Fellow Digital Nomads
When you feel settled into your new life as a remote worker, it’s time to find some fellow digital nomads. Working by yourself all the time can get pretty lonely after all. Join remote and freelancing groups both online and offline any chance you get. If you’re in Toronto, a great place to find like-minded nomads is Project Spaces!
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