Who would have thought that in the year 2020, remote work would be a must and not an option for some businesses at some point? I sure didn’t see it coming. If you did, kudos to your superpower.
Being a remote worker in Nigeria is a lot more challenging than the volume of work you need to do. There’s the epileptic power supply to worry about, add that to the limping internet connection one has to endure. These notwithstanding, getting the job done remains a top priority.
It’s been months since I had to adapt to the new system. Surprisingly, I have learnt lessons that only this system could practically teach. It’s fair to say that experience is the best teacher. Here are some vital lessons I’ve learnt. You could learn from them too.
Always get the job done at all cost and explain the process later (if necessary).
Let’s be frank. You get paid by your employer to get things done. How you do it is sometimes not anyone’s business. Results are all employers are after (so long as you remain on their payroll).
On one occasion, while working on an important document that I had to submit on or before a deadline, I had a power outage. The possible solution to my lack of power supply was not feasible; at least not for another 4 hours. I needed to find a way out.
Without a second thought, I was off on an ‘ultimate search’ for electricity. An hour later, I found electricity and made sure the document was seating pretty in the client’s inbox.
The more excuses you make, the more incompetent you look and sound.
Surprisingly, we are always ready to make one at some point. Sometimes, it might be a 10 minutes presentation on why we didn’t finish up a task before the deadline or a long email explaining why we didn’t start a project on time. Sadly, this makes us look and sound incompetent, and the bitter truth is that no one will pay for excuses!
Always have plan A-Z.
Why stop at plan A and B when you have 26 alphabets at your disposal? As humans, we don’t have control over what would happen the next second. A single event can disrupt your plan in a twinkle of an eye. What do you do when such happens? Do you give up or activate other plans? If giving up is what you considered, then you need to remember why you started in the first place.
Now that you’ve digested my first three lessons, here is the fourth.
These tips have helped me, and I’m sure they would help you if you work remotely like me.
- Maintain Regular Working Hours
- Schedule Breaks
- Keep a Dedicated Office Space
- Invest in a communication tool
- Socialize With Colleagues
These tips are not exhaustive but have been very handy for me as a remote worker. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but remote work is the new work trend. It, therefore, calls for discipline, persistency, consistency, and planning. I hope this post helps you to be more productive as a remote worker. Good luck!