Working at iMADdu, apprentices, including myself, are given the opportunity to work remotely. I took iMADdu up on this offer.
Now people ask, “what does your work schedule look like?” I tell them, “I’m in the office on certain days, but otherwise I carry my office around in my hangbag (via my netbook) and work remotely.” People respond, “aw, lucky you.” However, it is not always as easy as it may seem.
When going to work on-site at the MADPAD, you wear work clothes and sit at your own desk which serves one purpose: a place to do work. In addition, everyone around you is geared with the mindset to work and often times, that is just enough to keep you going.
At home, you can wear casual clothes and sit at a table that serves a number of different purposes: a place to do work, a place to read, a place to eat, a place to have tea. There is no one around you working to keep you going. Fortunately for me, all I need to do my work at any given time is my netbook.
I took my netbook and have migrated all around my home and other locations such as the library and neighborhood café and have found there are definitely ways to successfully work “remotely” outside of the office. After personally experimenting, I’ve found out some dos and don’ts of working remotely and want to share some tips.
- Clear workplace of all clutter; keep only work related ‘clutter’ around
- Take breaks in the normal manner you would at the workplace
- Work in places that don’t make you completely comfortable
- If using more than one computer, make sure you have all files accessible at all times (usb drive)
- Make it routine – have a set schedule
- Good time management is imperative
Everyone has their own method of working remotely, but hope these tips help!