Tips for Remote Working
During 2020, many Venture Capital Startups moved to remote working. As some companies decide to go back into office, many have found that employees are just as productive at home, and will continue forward with remote work permanently.
For most people, remote working is the dream. No commute, no office, and having more free time. It can, however be just as exhausting as going to the office if not more at times. Here are some tips and tricks for remote working at a Venture Capital Startup.
Set a Schedule
When working for a VC startup, your hours may be more flexible than your usual 9-5 corporate job. It can be easy to get distracted being at home by the TV, kitchen, or anything else. If your hours are flexible, set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. For some people, it’s harder to ‘clock out’ at the end of the day when the office is at home, so setting hours for yourself will help you maintain your work-life balance.
Have a Morning Routine
With the office just down the hall, it can be easy to get into the habit of rolling out of bed right when it’s time to start working. Without a commute, there’s no reason to get ready and leave the house, so why bother? It’s important to start a new morning routine to get you up and going for the day. This can help you be more productive. Even if you despised your commute, it is good to have another habit to wake you up for the day.
Take Screen Breaks
We spend most of our day looking at screens. With remote work, your meetings are now on screens, and more time is spent staring into that blue light. Try to make sure to take breaks throughout the day without staring at your phone, which is just a smaller screen.
Take a walk, meditate, do some yoga, whatever works for you. Take at least ten minutes every couple hours to get away from the screen to prevent eye strain and fatigue.
Create a Workspace
Working in bed sounds great, of course. Creating a workspace, however, will help you if you have issues clocking out at the end of the day. If you don’t have room for an entire office, dedicate a corner or other space to work only. Only do work at that desk, table or whatever you choose. It’s a great way to create the separation of work from personal life when working remotely.
Take Time Off
Just because you’re working remotely doesn’t mean you won’t need a mental health day here and there. You’ll still get sick and need vacation time, too. Don’t be afraid to take time off because your office is across from your living room. Burnout is still very real and taking time for yourself is just as important when working remotely.
To sum it up, working remotely has its pros and cons. Practicing good habits will help you maintain work-life balance and make you more productive.