Flexibility is the best aspect of working remotely. Not many on-site jobs allow people to work when, where, and how you want. However, this can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences unless you find your work structure and set boundaries for yourself to ensure that your work and life balance go smoothly.
Here are a few things to take into account when you design your remote working schedule;
- What time are you most productive?
Everyone has a different body clock and the energy levels throughout the day vary accordingly. Some of us are morning larks. The ones who like to wake up early and go to bed early. Then there are the night owls. These folks like to go to bed late and sleep in. If you fall under this category, trying to fit into a 9-5 job role is not the best choice. Then some of us fall somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum, the in-between category. Understanding your body clock and applying yourself during your peak performance hours could benefit you a lot when setting up a remote working schedule.
- How does the rest of your team work?
Even though remote work is flexible and you can’t vary your working hours as it suits you, there is a possibility that it can cause conflict with your colleague’s time schedules. Therefore it is best to find a schedule to overlap with your team to ensure that work goes smoothly for everyone involved. Informing the team members when you are available enables the balance of your schedule and your dedication to the team. Communication is an important facet of working remotely.
- What is the ideal place for you to work?
One of the most appealing things about remote working is that all you need is a fast internet connection and a laptop, and you have the freedom to pick a place you work best, or even move between places. It’s your decision whether you work best in the comfort of your home or your favorite corner in a public park. Other options are renting your own office space, working around people in a coffee shop with good wifi, or even switching it up throughout the day. It is up to you to pick where your productivity levels stay sharp.
- Are you an introvert, an extrovert, or in-between?
Most people fit somewhere in-between of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. If you have an introverted personality being around people can not only make you uncomfortable, it tends to drain your energy as well. On the other hand, if you are extroverted, spending too much time alone can make you feel drained. It makes a significant difference in your productivity levels to identify where you fit in the introvert-extrovert scale.
- What’s your everyday lifestyle like?
The freedom to work from anywhere lets you spend more time with your family and friends. It can also support you while you travel and absorb new experiences. However, if you have too much going on at home, it’s advisable to rent your own office space, take work to a café, or share a co-working space. Construct your schedule in such a way that you can enjoy the perks of remote working while maximizing your productivity levels.
Making remote work, work for you
There is no definitive way to fix a remote working schedule. Organization and balance are two keys that will get you triumphing at your remote working role. Please consider all of the points we discussed earlier and organize a schedule that balances all the aspects of your professional and personal life. If it is overwhelming to get everything sorted out all at once, it is best to focus on one big area at a time and gradually fit the others around it in a way that enhances your work-personal life balance and maximize your efficiency at both.