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The Basics / Going Remote Now (Covid-19)

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How to Transition to Remote Work in a Hurry

Working remotely becomes second nature when you do it all the time. But if you need to suddenly transition to remote work, you won’t necessarily have effective systems in place.

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How to Work from Home

An infographic with basic tips for better working while at home or outside of your main office.

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Self Care for Remote Workers

Whether it is taking care of the basics such as sleep/nutrition or reaching out when you are struggling, wellness is critical for all remote workers

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The Basics

Remote Work Guide 101

Guide (Length 10 Min)

Comprehensive introduction to Remote Work by Remote-How Academy, aimed at novice individuals whose focus is moving to remote work or finding a remote position.

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Article covering basics of a workspace at home / office (wifi, power, good seating, quiet space, etc) – Link to FAQs?
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Wifi – If your wifi is too slow for video calls, maybe you need to upgrade it. Also you can try ethernet to speed this up, however, with many routers the difference will be minimal.
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Microphone or new camera for your computer might be necessary if yours are much older. In general, most laptops have decent of both.
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Personality

Understanding what type of learner/worker you are (Understanding how you work best – Understanding if you are being productive or not, getting distracted, noticing that you need to improve)
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If you gain energy from people, you might need to find ways to create stimulation in your workplace. This could be music, background noise, opening the windows, etc.
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Introverts likely will want more silent workplaces.
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Just know which one you are

Routine

Start your day the same as you used to. Eat, shower, shave, whatever.
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Establish your working schedule
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If you need to work with others, notify your team members what your schedule is. If you need to collaborate look at communication tools or use something you already use like google.com/calendar to share schedules
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Boundaries

Set your schedule and be sure to not respond or communicate outside of those hours unless a true emergency.

This also rings true, if you can, for others around you in your home or otherwise. If at home, let your family know you are working from x – y so that everyone has the right expectation. Not going to be easy!

TEAM WORK

If you are working on a group project, there are some basics to getting started working together separately:

 Decide what technologies you will use to communicate – link to tech options but focus on using what you know today.

Set roles and expectations with all team members. Since you won’t be working face to face, trust is key. Establish trust by setting expectations, timelines, and ways to measure progress or challenges.

Communication

Over communicate. If you are working on something complicated, record a video, share screenshots, or share audio in order to get the information across especially if you can’t connect to meet at the same time.

For small teams, you can adopt tools to work together, however, often you can just use an open group chat to get you started.

Accountability

Once you are setup, your team members, family, etc know when and what you are working on, it is time to get to work.

Even if you are naturally a procrastinator or have grown into being accustomed to more oversight, remote work is critical for being methodical on moving toward goals and delivering on tasks. Use a project management tool or similar if you need. Find what will work to keep you on track to meet your study, work, project goals.

Proactiveness

As mentioned, it is important to communicate, however, in remote work it is easy to hide away from people and avoid talking to people.

Whether you are working with others or not, it is important to solve issues, ask questions, and communication early and often.

However, be careful about just messaging, calling, video calling at the drop of the hat. Remote work is about focus as much as availability. If your question can wait, let it and send a message that doesn’t seem so urgent.

Eliminate Distractions

If you are used to sitting on the couch and watching tv, maybe you should find a desk away from the televisions.

Do you find yourself flipping to youtube, facebook, instagram, etc throughout the day? Disable notifications on anything distracting.

On the flip side, I have found that disabling work apps on off work times eliminates work distractions from daily life.

Mental Health

Loneliness is a problem with remote working.

Pay attention to what type of person you are and what interactions you need throughout the day. Whether it is a video call with a friend or colleague that isn’t above work, do your

If you are struggling with depression or anything else, please speak to a family member, team member, mentor, etc.

Wellness

Sitting down at a desk all day isn’t good. Stand up and move around throughout the day especially when you notice getting distracted more often or tired.

I hope you are not ordering in all day. No judgement but cooking cleaner, drinking more water, tea, etc can help to reduce stress, and increase how you feel, your focus, and ultimately your productivity.

NOT SURE YET

If you are used to sitting on the couch and watching tv, maybe you should find a desk away from the televisions.

Do you find yourself flipping to youtube, facebook, instagram, etc throughout the day? Disable notifications on anything distracting.

On the flip side, I have found that disabling work apps on off work times eliminates work distractions from daily life.