Remote work has become more and more widespread in today’s global economy. Independence, flexibility, and control over how you work are all part of the appeal. Working independently means working entirely on your own with little to no supervision. How do you deal with that? Here are some ways that will help.
Set up a Work Space
You will need a workspace at home conducive to getting work done. This doesn’t mean spending much money on a top-of-the-line office suite. You need to be comfortable and have the essential tools. An ergonomic desk set up for your individual needs, with plenty of lighting, can help make working more comfortable. Having a nice outside view, someplace to sit, and a quiet area where you can chill out is also essential. Having your own space is important so you can focus and not be distracted.
Try Remote Work
Working remotely is a fantastic alternative if you can’t afford an office or don’t have a place to set up an office. With just a computer and internet connection, you can work at home, on the go. You can still get that feeling of working in your place but with the benefits of being on your own time and working from anywhere. Many different companies offer remote work from virtually anywhere in the world. Consult your management for more details.
Establish Clear Communications
Independence means you’re on your own. It can be problematic if you’re unclear about what’s expected. Start by asking your supervisor for clear instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to ask about the desired details and how long you have to complete the task. If you need clarification or if there are any deadlines you should be aware of, make sure you get this information. This will also help you feel a sense of commitment and responsibility for your job.
Learn Time Management Skills
Independent work can result in erratic sleep cycles and poor time management skills. Make sure to have some structure in your day. Plan out your schedule, from when you start working on a project to when you’re going to eat or take a break. Try and stick to this schedule as much as possible. Try not to work at night and sleep during the day, as it will affect your performance and mental health.
How to improve your independent work?
- Make sure you have set up a suitable workspace
- Over-communicate with your team and supervisor
- Become a master of time management
Independent working can be a gratifying experience. As long as you’re clear about what you need to do, your supervisor can help you get the job done faster, more effectively, and with greater quality. Remote work is not for everyone. It requires dedication, determination, and hard work.
Koen Blanquart is an author, keynote speaker, and strategy consultant. Being a digital nomad, Koen operates worldwide, while he considers New York his home base. In his most recent book, Koen gathered tips and methods of digital nomads to manage a remote workforce and hybrid work. Koen explains how asynchronous and remote work is critical in creating a high-performance workforce in his most recent book. Whenever Koen finds a chance, he’s out and about with his camera.