What Type of Remote Workers Are You?

Published on 2020-08-25 by Ching Chieh Li.

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Facebook announced that 50% of employees could remain work remotely within five to ten years. Working from home remains longer than we expect it. We still need some time for this new normal. Some people get used to this new lifestyle easily. They can divide every minute perfectly for example cleaning the house before the meeting starts. But this remote-work style may not be suitable for everyone. There is no difference between home and office. Some people feel very uncomfortable and still try to live with this new normal. Let’s check what kinds of remote workers are you and how we can help you.

Question

  • Do you need more preparation time than usual?
  • Do you prefer to talk with colleagues in person than online?
  • Taking a bus to the office is more comfortable than work from home.
  • Is it hard for you to stay focused during an online meeting?
  • Do you feel less productive than usual?

Segmenter

If you agree with all of those statements, then you are a segmenter. The atmosphere influences your mood. You prefer to clean your thoughts on the way to the office. Here are tips for making you less stressed.

Setting a separate space or an extra desk for working

The most important thing for remote workers is a suitable working space. A good environment can boost productivity. In fact, a suitable working space can boost your productivity by 20%. You can set up a separate space or an extra desk for working. Your mind will stay focused right away once enter that environment. Moreover, you will feel relieved after leaving that space. If you cannot have a separate space, then you can use other methods like using a laptop for working and an iPad for relaxation.

Tomato clock technique

The project just too wide to work on and too much email in the mailbox. Time to try tomato clock technique. The tomato clock is a technique inspired by a timer. Breaking down the whole project into the small task. Choose the task which you want to work on and just focus on for 25 minutes. You can jump to another project or check email after 25 minutes. This technique can train your brain to stay productive in a short period. Click herefor setting a timer Moreover, you can use this Google chrome extension (Stayfocused). The extension will block other websites as you wish and cut off temptation.

Having a virtual lunch with your colleagues.

Emotional bonding is important for a remote worker. Our mental health relies on emotional connection. Sometimes, you spend all day at work and do not have time for lunch. A virtual lunch break can prevent you from social isolation and loneliness. You can also organize some online events for example virtual happy hour. Time to invite your colleague for an online lunch meeting.

Integrator

If you disagree with those statements, then you are an integrator. You enjoy working from home and can work effectively without any problems. Here are tips to ease your burden.

Turning off notification after work

Because there is no huge difference between work and home. There is a possibility that you tend to work longer. You tend to check messages after work hours. However, you may feel more stressful and this may also influence your family member’s mood. It is important for a remote worker to have a break. Turning off notification after work.

Prioritize each task.

You just get another important project. Taking some time to organize each project. You can divide tasks into four categories “urgent but not important.” “urgent and important” “not urgent but important.” and “not urgent and not important.” If most of the tasks are in the “urgent and important” category, then you should check the overall working schedule. Ideally, 80% of your work shall be in “urgent but not important” and “not urgent but important.” category. The rest of your work shall be in an “urgent and important” and “not urgent and important” category.

Have a to-do list

It is easier to have a to-do list in the office. Your colleagues and supervisors will also remind you about the working process. It is a bit different for a remote worker to set a to-do list. You may spend more or less time at work. A good to-do list can help you stay focused on an important topic. You can use several digital platforms like Asana, troll, and more. Always check and update the list that can benefit your performance.

No matter you are a segmenter or integrator, you deserve a work-life balance life. Turning off notification and you can actually take a break after work. The tomato clock helps you work with a suitable phase and stay focused at work. If you still cannot stay focused at work, you can also check this blog for more tips. Nothing is more important than your health.