How to Work Remotely: 7 Tips For Making Your Life Easier

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TED TOAL, CFP®
May 9, 2020

How to Work Remotely: 7 Tips For Making Your Life Easier

Governments across the globe have urged and ordered people to stay home and practice social distancing to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. As thousands of companies around the world make the switch to remote work, it can take some time for employees to adjust to working from home full-time. Luckily, there are ways to make remote work easier on yourself, your employer, and your coworkers. Below we’re offering seven useful tips you can use to make the most at your new office space. 

Tip #1: Set Up a Workspace

Try to create a designated “office” - a place where you can work with minimal distraction, which could be a spare bedroom, dining room, etc. If it’s not possible to separate yourself from others during the workday, make sure your roommates or family members respect your work area, wherever it may be. Remind others in the household of your designated working hours to maximize your time with as few distractions as possible. 

Tip #2: Pay Attention to Your Time

It can be easy to work late into the night, especially since there isn’t a physical office building to leave. Unless you have a tight deadline or urgent task at hand, try to work the same hours that you would usually if you were at the office. Practice making an intentional effort to end the workday at a reasonable time. Turn off your computer, leave the room you were working in and do whatever you need to physically and mentally separate yourself from work.

Make time for scheduled breaks throughout the workday where you can get up and stretch or walk around, which will help you feel both physically and mentally throughout the day. 

Tip #3: Communicate With Your Team

When you work in an office, you can walk into someone’s office or pop over to ask a quick question. When working from home, that isn’t the case. Make sure you’re responsive to emails and messages in a timely and efficient manner. If your company didn’t already have an instant messaging system in place, now is the time to suggest implementing one. Some standard workplace instant message software includes:

  • Slack
  • Google Hangouts
  • Troop Messenger
  • Spark

Don’t forget you always have the option to resolve issues quickly with a phone call as well. If you manage a team of your own, make your communication expectations clear to employees.

Tip #4: Dress “Professionally”

While you don’t need to put on a suit or slacks like you would wear at the office, it’s still important to get dressed in some fashion every day. Make sure your clothes are presentable since you will likely be on calls and video chats with coworkers or clients. While it’s tempting, try not to roll out of bed and start working. And when possible, do not work from your bed. It’s vital to separate where you sleep from where you work. 

Tip #5: Create a System to Share Documents

You may already have a way to share and access files at your company quickly, but if you don’t, now is the time to set something up. It’s important to consolidate and organize your files, not just have them scattered throughout inboxes or instant messages.

Some file-sharing platforms to consider using include:

  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • Google Docs

Tip #6: Take Time for One-On-One Check-Ins

Even if it’s only for five minutes, it’s still essential to have a quick check-in with your coworkers, employees, or managers. It helps everyone feel as though they’re on the same page and always connected. 

Tip #7: Ask for Feedback

It’s crucial to ensure that everyone, yourself included, is adapting well to working remotely. If you’re a manager or boss, check in with your employees and ask what you can do to make their lives easier. If you’re an employee, ask your manager if you’re meeting their expectations in regards to communication and productivity.

It can be hard to work remotely at first, mainly if you are not used to doing so. Let these tips be a guide for creating a thriving work environment for you and your coworkers. 

Concerned About Your Money?

Anytime there’s uncertainty surrounding your money, it can be scary. At RCS Financial Planning, we've seen a lot of difficult markets come and go. And we can certainly empathize with people who find the current environment troublesome and disturbing. We'd like to help, if we can, and to that end, here's what we offer:

A cup of coffee, and a second opinion.

By appointment, you're welcome to meet virtually or over the phone with us. We'll ask you to outline your financial goals – what your investment portfolio is intended to do for you. Then we'll review the portfolio for and with you.

If we think your investments continue to be well-suited to your long-term goals – in spite of the current market turmoil – we'll gladly tell you so, and send you on your way. If, on the other hand, we think some of your investments no longer fit with your goals, we'll explain why, in plain English. And, if you like, we'll recommend some alternatives.

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