How to Adapt to Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic caused such a huge shift, thousands upon thousands of workers had to be laid off or quit. So, what do you do when there’s no work? It’s simple really; you look for the next job that has a remote position. Remote work has become the norm in the recent years and is a dream come true for many. At least it’s a dream until you’re distracted. Working from home is considered to be a luxury and if you’re used to it, then there shouldn’t be too much of an issue. 

However, many who used to work in public settings might have a hard time adjusting to this new environment. Fortunately, adapting to a new working environment doesn’t have to be difficult. All it takes is a little diligence and patience to become accustomed to your new workstyle. Here are a few ways to adapt to working from home and what remote positions are bustling right now.

Top Remote Positions for Newcomers

Before anyone can get situated into a new way of working, it’s important for you to know what kind of jobs are available. During COVID-19 businesses had to re-evaluate their entire practice, so they could make do with this sudden change. This led to many companies to make a majority of their positions remote. You’ll be amazed at what positions you can work from home and below is a list of a few remote jobs you’d normally see in a public work setting:

  • Actuary
  • Data scientist
  • Video editor
  • Translator
  • Technical writer
  • Web developer
  • Software developer
  • Registered nurse
  • Legal assistant
  • Insurance representative

Upon reading this list, you’re probably staring at the registered nurse and software developer. In the former’s case, telehealth has also become very common. It’s basically a way for people to get professional health advice without having to come to the office. RNs are typically the ones to handle any questions unless there’s a need for a doctor.

For software developers, they can continue to work on their projects from home thanks to the implementation of various apps and technology. They usually include a remote software and communication platform and encrypted cloud-based servers where they can access it whenever they need to.

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Get the Right Education

Whether you plan on acquiring one of these positions or want to further your career, you’re going to need the proper education. A great way to do so is to go back to college. You can utilize student loans to cover the tuition while you’re attending, to avoid the financial burden now. When payments start to come due after graduation, it may be a good idea to refinance student loans. With student loan refinancing you can take your existing balance and opt for new favorable terms, and even consolidate multiple loans. It’s a convenient way for college graduates to have a manageable payment while they are securing jobs and getting finances in order.

Create Your Own Workspace

It’s necessary to create your own workspace. Just as you’re assigned a workspace in an office setting, you need to choose one that fits your needs. It can be the living room, a spare bedroom, or even the garage. Find an area you’re most comfortable with and then you can go on from there. Add a file cabinet or two, a large desk, a comfortable chair, storage solutions, a computer system and a printer. You want to add the essentials of every office space while adding your own personal touches.

Have Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is something a lot of new remote workers struggle with at first. It’s when you find a balance between the needs of your career and the needs of your personal life. Especially if you work from home with a baby, or other household obligations that might force you to have trouble setting boundaries. However, it’s actually no different than finding it when working out of the house. Take breaks when you need to, always adhere to a strict schedule and sort out your priorities. Keep this routine up for about a week or two and it’ll become second nature.

Maintain Your Social Life

One of the best benefits of working in a public setting is how social you get to be. But when you switch to working at home, the only people you see are your family. It’s in everyone’s nature to want to socialize with others and this applies to introverts as well. It’s not normal to sit at home staring at a screen all day. Fortunately, we live in the digital age, so it’s far easier to maintain contact with your friends and co-workers over a distance. Staying in contact with others will allow you to feel like a cohesive team even when you are working remotely.

Pam Wiselogel
Pam Wiselogel

Hi, I'm Pam! A corporate girl turned entrepreneur who has been working from home for over 20 years and loving it. From a corporate IT Director to an online business owner, I found success while working remotely (sometimes in my PJs). I've been able to find balance in life and career and love to share what I've learned with others. With my master's degree in software engineering and a career in technology, my drive is to help others learn how to bypass the hurdles and technology challenges to gain the confidence to build the dream business they've always wanted to reach financial freedom. My work has been quoted on Forbes, Bloomberg, European Business Review, Hive, and Business Partner Magazine to name a few. Click my little head above to read all of my posts!

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