Working from home sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Your own french press coffee. Your favorite fuzzy slippers. Your perfect ambient music playlist.
Sounds lovely, right? That’s because it is. But remote work can also have its challenges. After all, independent work doesn’t mean there’s no accountability or support. It also doesn’t mean there are no expectations or goals set for you. So it’s your job to showcase your ability to complete tasks quickly and efficiently while still enjoying the awesomeness that is working from home.
So let’s talk about how to set you up for success when entering the wonderful world of remote work and crush it like an OG:
Step #1: Establish A Daily Routine
Coming from a results-driven background, I do my best to complete a task as soon as I wake up each morning. For me, it’s making my bed. Sounds silly, I know. But this small task sets up my entire day and I’ve found it makes me more productive as the day progresses.
Step #2: Set Up Your Own Private Workspace
I am a huge advocate for not working in the same space that is used for other purposes. The bedroom is for sleeping, the dining room is for eating and so on. Find an area in your home without a TV in it and designate it as the place you go to start working. Put your computer, framed picture of your significant other or child and office supplies at your workspace to differentiate it from the rest of your home.
Step #3: Write A To-Do List Each Day
We’ve heard the term “prioritize” when setting up your work day but time management is especially crucial when working remotely. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re in the comfort of your own home. Complete smaller tasks first and then chip away at larger items. Physically crossing off things from your checklist will make you feel you’ve accomplished something.
Step #4: Provide Progress Reports to Your Team Regularly
Don’t wait for your team to check in with you. Be proactive. Let leadership know what you’ve been working on and any roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way. Allow leadership to provide you with support: there’s no need to suffer in silence just because you’re working independently. Keep the communication constant so you can resolve issues and celebrate successes together.
Here’s some additional tips for dominating the remote work game, including the fact that remote workers tend to work more, not less than their in-office peers: https://remote.co/6-tips-for-being-a-better-remote-worker
If you want to thrive at working remotely, you’ll have to approach it with strategic intention. Know your targets and map out how you’ll get there.
Aligning yourself with a company that rewards you based on your individual performance will help you know whether or not you’re meeting or exceeding those targets. RevenueZen demonstrates daily how support and accountability should look in a remote work environment.
In the Sales Development role specifically, there’s no greater motivating factor than knowing you have control over your compensation. Since joining the RevenueZen family, I consider myself lucky to be working with leadership who gets this concept: https://revenuezen.com/blog/2017/5/6/3-things-great-sdr-leaders-do
Overall, working in your PJ’s is a sweet gig once you get the hang of it. So here’s to low gas mileage, no rush hour traffic, freedom from pointless meetings and no more crappy office coffee! Making money and building something great from your home office is certainly something to be proud of.