The office – a place where distractions are disappeared, and work is done. To some, there must be a space that is the unchanging embodiment of this frame of mind. They think that they must be one among many with their heads buried in their laptops. Others are able to work in every space they inhabit; some, cannot escape the mind that pushes their productive efforts forward.
To work wherever is a possibility that has become reality for many people only recently. In the times before the internet filled communicative pauses, this remote work lifestyle was reserved for novelists, foreign correspondents, secret agents, private detectives, and those with enough clout to command people towards them. If most of your hours are spent in front of a computer, then you too may be a candidate for a remote office life.
How to work remotely?
If you’re considering moving towards a remote work lifestyle, you should begin by acknowledging that you will not master this ability immediately – nor should you think that your first pass at a work routine is the best that you can muster. The essential lesson of this post is to emphasise that you must test out different styles of work to discover a way that gets the most out of your working hours.
Working remotely as a personal experiment
Self-supervision is the crucial element to this process – you must consistently spend a small portion of your day detached from your client-centric work, and critically evaluate your performance. Gather the objective facts – when you began work; how much time you spent working; how much time was spent distracted, at leisure, or on a break; which tasks you did; how much you managed to get done; where you were when working – as well as the subjective facts – how comfortable were you with the amount done; what level of concentration you achieved; how successfully you managed to solve problems; whether the day was good or bad.
Review and re-view yourself
This sort of data is best gathered in a spreadsheet. On Friday, conduct a brief review of the week, and at the month’s end, evaluate your performance more thoroughly. Documenting in this fashion can illuminate aspects of your working day that you might otherwise overlook – perhaps you’ll find that some tasks are better tackled in the morning, or that you work better when starting the day at noon.
The self-supervision process will give you a sense of yourself in the third-person, and will help you to identify which aspects of your work process to tweak in order to be more productive by breaking past your hidden subjective biases.
The review process can be halted once you feel that you have settled on a way of working that brings out the best in you. You may discover, however, that the process is an intrinsically useful one. In your quest to find the best version of your working habits, you will have habituated yourself into a work habit that does something good for you. You may discover that you are a more dynamic creature than a fixed life routine can handle, and that keeping the work-tracking process as your key fixed feature works better than always beginning work at sunrise or following two cups of coffee ever could.