How to Become a Remote Manager:
The pandemic of COVID-19 has taken a turn over on everything. To maintain social distancing and avoid contact all the regular jobs were converted into remote working. If you have never ever worked remotely. Then definitely you will have to face several difficulties. Rather than the pandemic situation. Many people plan to start a part-time remote job to make some more money. A part-time remote job is carried out after the regular work hours. Regardless of the reason behind working remotely. The actual fact is that you will get to face many perplexities and interference in the work. Basic if we categories the remote working. It forms four stages. The first category: Communications, then: Surroundings, third one: Habits, and the last one: Balance between life and work. Here in this article, you will get to read about 20 useful tips to become a remote manager. That will help you focus on your work and produce resultantly better outcomes.
Have better communication than your office brethren:
When you work remotely for an organization. All your collaboration and interactions with officials depend on your communication. You need to give a quick response and stay stunned to all types of the announcement. So, that you can be on the track and well manage the projects.
For this purpose, many local and remote organizations are using the technology “Slack”. It is user-friendly software. It allows making hassle-free communication with your teams.
2. Communicate with your teammates:
You cannot exactly get to the mean of your idea just by typing. So, it is advised to make audio and video calls. To get better ideas quickly. Moreover, you can have one-to-one calls with your other team mates. So, that you can clear their problems on time. Or get assistance when you are in a need. As a reference Google hangouts are the best tool for making video conferences. You can hold the conference between more than two persons.
3. Arrange meetings when all team is available:
It is a great challenge to have 100% attendance of teammates. When you are working in an international organization. And the members employed are in a different part of the world. So, to have an effective meeting that would have some profitable outcome. You have to host the meeting at the time when all the members can be available. There is a helping tool in this regards also for you. Yes “ Every Time Zone” helps you compare the time zone of different countries. And conclude common hours in the daytime.
4. Impromptu calls as to talk about nothing:
If you are an office, you will definitely have some chit chats and laughter with your mates nearby. Sometimes, remote working becomes boring due to no laughter. Thus, to have some refreshments and chats about rather than work. You can have a #randomchannel in Slack. Or organize some non-obligatory meetings. It is a wrong concept that people think about the meetings. That they can be only for the official purpose only.
To have this type of conference there is a freaky tool “Appear.in”. In this app, you can have chats about nothing as well as sometimes make non-formal video calls also. The benefits of this call are that you get to know your teammates better. And create an efficient bond that’s quite good to produce good collective results.
5. Set up quite time:
Thus, the above mentioned was talking and interactive activities. However, everyone requires an interruption-free environment to focus on the work. When you are in an office you can just shut the doors or plug in your headphones. Similarly, you can just put your Slack on the “Do not disturb” mode. And focus on the work.
6. Specify your workplace:
It is very necessary to customize a room for your work. If you do not have room to customize as your mini-office, you can just customize a corner of the room also. This will help your brain shift to the work mode by entering that area. Besides, you have to consider one thing while deciding a place that there are minimal distractions and interference of the family members in that room.
7.Have a break:
In an office environment, you eventually have breaks. It is very vital for your health to take a break from your desktop screen. You get coffee and lunch breaks in the office. However, taking it in the view of remote work. You might get up to take a cup of coffee. This would hardly take off your 5 minutes. Physicians advise the best activity to practice in the breaks of your work hours is to “walk”. Walking for at least five minutes will help mental stimulation. So, to work more efficiently you can practice some healthy activities that would help boost your mental ability.
8. Can work anywhere:
The best part of the remote work is that you can work from anywhere. You just carry your laptop along with you. To your favorite coffee café or library. This helps you bring a reviving spirit in the work. Thus, you should try this once a week at least.
9. Embrace your way of working:
You can are free to work in your style. No one is going to point you out if you are in Pajamas. Until and unless you have scheduled any video conferences. You can work in the area of your comfort zone. You are all alone in the room. So, that you can have stretching of your body easily as you want. Being sitting, standing the time, lying flat, or stretching your neck and back help you boost energy. And prevent several health issues for a long time.
Good Habits to Adopt:
10. Make “to-don’t” list:
Everyone creates a to-do list that is to remember that tasks that are to be performed in the future. However, when you are working remotely, there are many pop-up notifications on your screen itself. That might distract you from your work. So, the solution is to create a “to-don’t” list. This list would define those activities that are un-healthy for your work. Furthermore, to avoid, pen down work. There is a useful tool “Pocket” software that allows you to create sticky notes. Therefore, you can instantly take note of the ideas or things pop-up in your mind
11.Make future plans:
When you are a remote manager, you have to make pre-plans of every task. As, when all the things would be pre-planned. Then all you have to is implement the plan. Moreover, when you prepare the structure before the time. You can easily assign every individual there tasks as well. And if they have any type of queries they can clear it out before the time. So, there is no interference or inconvenience at the establishment time. The best method to plan future activities is to create a flowchart. That explains where and how the work would, what will be the procedure at last where and how to end.
12.Set a common module:
However, the working style of everyone would be different from the other. The best practice is to follow the same method all over. When every member, works on the same module then it would create better results.
13.Shares the important documents simultaneously:
While working remotely, your colleague next to you cannot view the files you have opened. Thus, you should work on such a platform. Where members of your work can easily check for the latest modification you have done. A quick and reliable tool for this purpose is “Quip”. It is an online document sharing platform. In addition, the members can give comments and alter the files also.
Remote working very efficient time management. You have to keep all the other tasks aside or finish them first before you go to work. Therefore, you are preferred to customize the timetable. And specify a time for every task. In this, ways you will be able to complete all your takes on time.
Have a balance between work and life:
15.Set your official hours aside:
No one can work the whole day without any rest and enjoyment. You should have fixed the hours for work and rest. And specify your days so that you enjoy your weekends as well. Moreover, you have some events and occasions when you have to give time to your family. So, use “Goggle Calendar” and mark the important events o have a holiday. Also, you can share it in Slack with your members.
16.Have a shutdown ritual:
When getting off from your work desk. Your work just ends up here. To make your work stand out. You can just lie down and plan what all you would the next day. And also think about what you have done today. So, you can conclude how can you make things go better.
17.Have some exercise:
Besides having a break during the work hours. You should also keep some hours of proper exercise daily. You should adapt the exercise activities and styles that would suit your body. Having proper exercise help boost your metabolism. As well as, it keeps you active and energetic.
18.Look for your weakness:
No person in this world is perfect in every. Definitely, would be also lacking something. However, you have to look for that point which you lack. Finding it and working on it to make it better. This can help you do better and productive. Rescue Time is a special tool, that is specially designed to help people what they do all they. This app actually takes a record of your all-day activity. And then you can block those websites that are actually the interference.
19.Eat the frog:
Basically, eat the frog is meant to skip the entire tasks that you shouldn’t do. To make this possible use the best tool “Google Keep”. This manager helps you organize all the tasks you are going to perform the next. You can set it in the night so, that you can there be a reminder about the routine you have to follow.
20.Utilize weekends to complete pending work:
If due to any kind of emergency situation you were not able to complete your task. Then you can make weekends to complete that work. So, that you can be back in the race
To conclude, for some people it might be a long list. However, you can sort the tips according to your work and nature. All that we can say is that implementing all these steps would benefit in many ways. You can do experiments with these 20 tips to become a Master of Remotely Managing the work!. And adapt to the one which suits you. Wishing you all the good luck with your remote work.