Tips for Smart & Successful Remote Work

In 1995, only 9 percent of workers telecommuted. That number has jumped to 37 percent in 2018, according to a recent Gallup poll. People are finding that they can better balance out their work and personal lives when allowed to create their own hours and not be tied to a desk each day.

However, working remotely isn't for everyone --- certain personality types are more successful than others. There are some tricks of the trade that may allow things to go smoother if you're looking forward to moving away from the office and into the realm of telecommuting.

Setting Standards

There are many perks of working remotely. However, it requires a lot of personal management. Whether you work remotely at home or while traveling, there are some important self regulation tasks that will help to set you up for success.

  1. Create routine. Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it to both avoid overworking and not working enough.
  2. Reduce stress and clutter. Keep your workspace organized.
  3. Be responsive. Be prompt in your responses to your co-workers to close the communication gap.
  4. Maximize productivity. Know the hours that you are most productive and take advantage of them.
  5. Always update. Keep your technology up-to-date to avoid crashes and data loss.

Managing Family Life

If your job takes you overseas or has you away from your family for extended periods of time, there may be the need to explore your company's policy on having your loved ones to travel with you. Your company should take it upon itself to clearly outline when it is or is not appropriate to have your family come to visit. If you do decide to bring your significant other and kids along, make it a habit to be diligent about maintaining the same level of hard work as you would any other time. It will enable your supervisor to be more prone to agreeing to let your family come along on future trips.

Keep in mind that life on the road can be stressful. Try your best to make it enjoyable for yourself and your family. Traveling can be difficult with children and taking the time to adequately prepare for the trip may help it go much smoother and make you more committed to bringing them. To ensure that you are allowing yourself enough time to get your work done, setup childcare well in advance.

Health and Safety

If your work takes you internationally, it is wise to make sure that you always have all your bases covered in terms of healthcare and medical travel insurance coverage. It is easy to catch the flu when sharing recirculated air with hundreds of others on planes, and you don't want to get caught in a foreign country without healthcare coverage when it happens.

The first line of defense is to try your best to keep yourself healthy when traveling. Wash your hands often, carry hand sanitizer with you, and make sure to take your vitamins. Secondly, avoid taking any unnecessary risks to avoid potential injury--especially if you decide to extend your trip to make time for leisure. It may be tempting to go do that zipline ride over the jungle, but think twice before you buy that ticket. The joys of working remotely can put you in beautiful places with tempting adventures, however, sometimes the risk is not worth the reward. Make your choices wisely.

Remote work can be rewarding, and can help you to balance both your personal and work life. The key to success is finding the best way to make it work for you. Be open to trying to new tips and tricks to find your niche in the world of working remotely.

Have you mastered the art of remote work? Share the tried-and-true tips and tricks you've picked up along the way!

About the Author
Avery Phillips is a freelance writer who thinks she has too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. She uses that obsession with human interactions to drive forward with people first innovation in marketing. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions---or to chat about what it's like to work remotely.