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The Five Toughest Challenges Of Working Remotely (And How You Overcome Them!)

The Five Toughest Challenges Of Working Remotely (And How You Overcome Them!)

There is no doubt that the global pandemic is affecting all of us--albeit in different ways. Most of us are working from home or at least dealing with some form of relative isolation. As we navigate this temporary “new normal” I thought it might be helpful to research the greatest challenges we face and some helpful tips from seasoned experts to overcome them--so here goes.

#1 Managing our time.

How do we manage our time when we’re home all alone?

Visionary coach, John C. Maxwell, states the following: “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”

Indeed. It’s remarkable that we all have the same 24 hours in a day and yet some people do so much more in their 24 hours than others. Prevailing wisdom suggests focusing on the important things first.

Productivity expert, Demir Bentley, advocates the 3-2-1 approach every day. Do 1 big thing, 2 medium things and 3 small things and you will have a successful day.

I believe you need to find your own rhythm. Ask yourself what worked for you in a more structured environment and replicate that.

#2 Communicating Effectively.

How do we calm the noise and still get our points across?

Author Chris Fussel writes: “As a leader you must consistently drive effective communication. Meetings must be deliberate and intentional--your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency.”

Be prepared before you reach out. Know what you want to communicate and what outcome you seek. An absence of clarity is your enemy and will cause lots of wasted time. If you need to, make some notes. This will help you be more intentional.

#3 Combating Isolation.

How do we avoid feeling lonely and isolated?

Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, shares: “No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation.”

First of all, it’s important to recognize that whatever you may be feeling, you are not alone in that feeling. Others feel the same thing and that is perfectly normal. Find someone who works in a similar way as you do and share your emotions with them because they will relate better.

Take time to reflect on your personal needs and honor those. Do you need to speak to family each day? Do you have a friend that you call most?  Is it important to you to talk with a team member or colleague each morning? There are no hard and fast rules except the ones that work for you.

#4 Overcoming distractions.

How do we get past the relentless onslaught of distractions?

Science journalist, Daniel Goleman, states: “One way to boost our willpower and focus, is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.”

This could certainly represent an entire blog post of its own, though here are three prevalent recommendations.

  • Set your work hours. Start and stop your work day.

  • Manage your technology. Don’t get distracted by social media.

  • Schedule breaks. Get up and walk around. Take a minute to yourself to refocus. You will become much more productive.

#5 Maintaining productivity.

How do you remain efficient, get your work done and produce results?

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, writes: “We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.”

Actually, this final point encompasses the other four--and the better we become at all of them, the more productive we can be. Here are a few more tips on productivity.

  • Implement regular meetings. Have a schedule and stick to it.

  • Minimize your busy work. Automate whatever you can.

  • Find your own work rhythm. What really works for you?

At the end of the day, this pandemic will pass and normalcy will return. Wouldn’t it be great if you created a more effective YOU in the process? Enjoy the ride, sharpen your sword and get ready for the future. As Malcolm X once said: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Ridgely Goldsborough started his first business at age 16 - and has since founded 43 companies and written 16 business books. His prolific profile has earned him millions of dollars and a vast network of JV partners - which he taps into often to execute some of the digital marketing industry's biggest JV launches. And while he often speaks at high-end masterminds and events around the world, JV Hacking marks the first time he's sharing his proven JV strategies in public.

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