Remote work in the future may capture the labor market. Currently in Europe, on average, there are 17% of residents working remotely. Every year this figure is increasing. The ability to work via the Internet from anywhere in the world also attracts young people, students who wish to earn extra money outside of school. This is a way to save time, money and, if idealized, a way to improve life. Statistics in Russia show that the number of people working at home in the country is constantly growing. It is not yet possible to make specific calculations, as most employees work informally.
Without pajamas and in a comfortable chair!
Work on a remote basis makes it possible not to waste time on long trips to the office, to work while in another country or on maternity leave. There are many alternative types of organization of working time and space. In order for your work at home to be effective, professional and high-quality, it is necessary to take into account some risks and adhere to the rules of organizing the work process at home. Here are a few of them:
1. Start with a schedule.
His organization rests on your shoulders, so the schedule can become your ally. It will depend on the type of work, but it is necessary to indicate the time of the beginning and end of the working day, so as not to spend the whole day doing your work. The feeling that you have to be around the clock at work is draining. Find the best time to work: morning, evening or even night. It will be ideal if you constantly adhere to this schedule and always understand how long you can make an appointment, party, visit a doctor, etc. If the breaks in the office are a little spontaneous, since the work process can stop when you need to talk with a colleague, then breaks when working at home should be indicated in advance. Your schedule will be ideal if you set aside a specific time for walking the dog, shopping and other necessary things.
2. Be busy only with work.
We are talking about the delights of the Internet and social networks, alerts from which can significantly distract you from work responsibilities. This item is difficult to perform, especially if you work on the Internet, on Instagram or Facebook. They say that willpower is a muscle that needs to be constantly trained, especially if you are engaged in creativity. As Picasso said, “inspiration comes during work.” Understanding what you want to spend your work time on is key.
3. Closed workspace.
This is difficult to achieve in modern, small, expensive apartments. If your desktop is a meter from the bed, then the desire to continue working under a warm blanket will not keep you waiting. The farther the working area is from the recreation area, the better. You can also separate it so that your large bed or soft sofa does not fall into sight. If you can’t allocate a separate room, then use the trick of the Peter Brook Theater: lay a rug under your desktop to limit the space. It’s like an order to myself: this is the place where I have to work.
4. The working chair.
A necessary investment that you are unlikely to be happy about. A good, comfortable chair will be an aid to work. However, get ready, because it will be difficult and expensive to find the right chair for your needs.
5. Working in pajamas is a very bad idea.
Of course, it is difficult to get out of a warm bed, especially on these cold days, when you need to dress like the north pole to exit the house. Despite this, in no case should you work in pajamas! Having overcome the cold, you need to change clothes, at least in order to put on something comfortable and sporty. This will give comfort in work. In addition, it will be easier to complete the next step: to leave the apartment to make purchases or other household chores.
6. Cases that force one to leave home.
The time you spend at home is just as important as the time you spend outside. Turn time that could be set aside for work into an opportunity to go about your homework. This can be done before and after work at home. Avoiding lack of physical activity is a matter of mental and physical health. Note: your access to a physiotherapist for massage and back therapy is not considered physical activity, but keep a good physiotherapist’s number just in case.
7. The cult of social life.
Meetings with people are a must, especially if you live alone. If not, then you risk supplementing the statistics of the lonely and depressed. Leave home to have breakfast, dine with your friends, spend time at a concert or performance, to relax a bit and make new friends. If you try to stay at home, then invite someone from your friends to a cup of coffee to chat and relax during the working day.