The trend to quit your 9 to 5 job and work remotely, impulsively fed people with the idea that opportunity would knock at their door right after it.
Quitting your 9 to 5 job and going remote without having a realistic plan on what you want to do next, may mislead your life course.
Below you will find 5 signs to guide you on whether working remotely is your cup of tea or not.
The biggest struggle when working remotely is self-management. And when people cannot self-manage do you know what they do? They procrastinate.
But if you know how to overcome this issue, meaning that if you are in control of the way you deal with self-management, then you are on the right path.
To help you to have even better control of the right self-management, part of the strategic solution may be the direct or indirect implementation of these 3 elements:
Organization of time
Be aware of the hours you are more productive and start the hardest tasks during these hours. To put it differently, you cannot give your best if you are obligated to perform on a limited timetable.
Give yourself realistic deadlines to complete different tasks. This way you feel more motivated and produce more results.
You know that taking no break works only short-term and long-term can decrease work quality and motivation. Therefore, breaks for you are a great productivity booster.
Working alone for you is an excellent way to be more creative and focused on your work. The results that you produce while working alone are tremendous.
Nevertheless, do not be too prideful to ask for help when you know that working with a team can be a bonus for you.
Working alone all the time can get monotonous and greatly decrease your motivation. If you find yourself productive by having a go with both ways, then for sure you can maximize remote opportunities like a pro!
“The reward of a successful collaboration is a thing that cannot be produced by either of the parties working alone.”- Harlan Ellison
A major problem when working with a remote team is communication because everyone has different perceptions of similar things. In contrast, this diversity of thoughts can produce solid results if the team finds the “golden mean.” In this case, the golden mean represents communication, which establishes understanding and triggers growth.
If you want some tips on how to improve remote team communication, you can check this article.
The most valuable thing in life is time and you enjoy investing it in things that matter.
You know that career is a priority but you keep health, family, social life, and personal goals in the category of priorities too.
Finding the balance between work and life requires owning the most useful skill of remote work, self-management. Emphasizing that self-management is a skill that can be learned. If you are new to remote work and struggle to manage yourself, that’s something completely normal. This shouldn’t be a sign for you to quit remote working but a sign to know where to improve yourself.
Furthermore, you value your physical and emotional well-being and would not want to sacrifice it for a job position. Making time for: vacations with your family, physical activity, traveling, and social celebrations for you is not a luxury but a necessity. A necessity to live a fulfilled and joyful life.
If you see remote working as an opportunity to balance all of them without neglecting drastically either, then you are definitely a master of remote working.
You would be surprised to know that the biggest regret people have in their career life is: “taking a job only for the money.”
You are aware that money is valuable but you would never compromise it with your freedom and passion. It may look like a cliché, but the depression from not pursuing the things you want is real but it takes people too long to accept it.
You don’t want to live with regrets or wishful thinking but you want to live according to your own vision and values. In other words, you want to be the captain of your own boat.
Additionally, you see remote work as an opportunity for you to achieve this goal.
“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” - Warren Buffett
You appreciate mutual integrity by being transparent to your leaders and colleagues and vice versa for them being transparent to you.
If there is no integrity present and you are always in a state of compromising your peace with paranoia, then you would rather choose not to work at all.
Integrity is extremely important in work but in remote work is more than important, it’s vital because without it failure prevails.
To conclude, remote work is a great opportunity but not for everyone.
Even though the trends portray 9 to 5 jobs as a trap of the system and remote work as a ticket to freedom, the reality is that the shoe may fit differently for everyone.
If you find yourself in more than 3 of them, congrats you are going to thrive by working remotely!
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