5 New Year’s Resolutions for Remote Employees

 

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The clock strikes midnight, and we turn over a new leaf. Many of us have idealistic dreams of losing weight, being better parents, writing books, or a host of other goals. We may also hope to take our work to the next level.

When you’re a remote employee, the joys and challenges may be a bit different than in-office staff. Our unique situations provide fresh opportunities to up our game at work. Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions for remote employees:

#1 – I will meet new people.

It’s easy to get into a rut working at home. If you’re life is pretty routine outside of work as well, you may find you have few chances to meet new people. This year you can choose to expand your relational network!

One idea is to try a co-working space or a local coffee shop if you are used to working only at home. Getting out will open up opportunities to meet others. Outside of work, you might join a book club or volunteer some hours at an animal shelter each week. Whatever your strategy, make a plan to get out of the house and meet new people this year!

#2 – I will create my workspace.

Everyone thrives in different types of environments. One person may love a simple, clean, minimalist workstation, whereas another may feel at home in a busy space with photos, tchotchkes, and inspirational quotes. Style is unique, but most people find they appreciate having a designated place for work at home.

Are you basically working on your couch? This year may be the perfect time to create your own, personalized workstation. Here’s a few examples from Formstack employees to inspire you!

#3 – I will increase my productivity.

There are studies to show that remote working boosts productivity. But even though we may not have some of the traditional office distractions, there may be ways you could work even smarter. Identify your own barriers to concentration at home, and adjust your work style to be more productive.

Take stock of your work schedule and environment. When and where do you work best? What gets you back on track when you’ve strayed from the day’s priorities? Check out these five tips to boost your remote productivity!

#4 – I will be healthier.

It may feel impossible to be healthy while working at home. If you’re surrounded by snack foods and rarely getting up from your computer, it can be a challenge. But there are ways to keep your health on track while working remotely.

Take advantage of time formerly spent commuting to create space for exercise. And if you have some flexibility in your work day, leverage this benefit to stay active. Take the dog for a walk or pop into the gym for a quick reboot. You can make remote working work for a healthier you!

#5 – I will engage more with my team.

One adjustment when becoming a remote employee is figuring out how to interact with your co-workers online. It can sometimes be easy to hide in the background. But you will miss out on connections and friendships on your team.

Your goal may include speaking up more in online meetings. Or reaching out to team members when you have a question or just to simply check in and say hi. You might decide to kick up your video gaming skills or try out some remote pranks! Whatever your style, find new ways to engage with your team this year.

It’s the New Year! Take a few minutes and consider how you can be a stronger remote team member or manager this year. These are 5 ideas to get you started.

Share your remote worker New Year’s Resolutions in the comments!