Are you a young professional who’s just starting out in the workplace? If so, you’re not alone. The graduates from the class of 2020 have faced some of the toughest challenges yet. In particular, the crashing job market and all that comes with it have affected thousands. If you are so lucky as to land a full-time job in these economic conditions, you’ll start out remotely, which will cause you to miss some of the most valuable time networking and meeting new coworkers in-person.
So, how do you manage to make those vital connections (while staying sane) in a remote-first setting?
Here are some of my recommendations:
Create a structured routine!
In other words, decide when and how you work best, and create a schedule that revolves around that time. I like to start my day with some exercise and reading before working so that I am energized for the day ahead. I also utilize a feature on Google Meets that allows you to set common “working hours.” This lets coworkers know when you are (and are not available), which is very helpful for not getting meetings that are too early or too late in the day.
Make a personalized space!
If you can, try to create a designated nook (or room) in your house/apartment where work is a main priority. Set up all of your equipment (desk, laptop, lamp) and eliminate distractions so that you are able to be as productive as possible. I personally don’t have enough room in my apartment but instead use a certain couch in the common area of the complex to carry out my work tasks. I bring my water bottle to stay hydrated alongside some earbuds to listen to music.
Don’t be hard on yourself!
During all of this craziness that is happening in the world today, don’t be afraid about taking a break from being “on” all the time. You deserve it. In my own experiences, I have had times where I have not felt like I have done enough, even when it’s been my 110% efforts. I tell myself during these times that I can do it and that all things are possible.
What other tips do you have for being successful at work or school during quarantine? What kind of job do you have? Is this your first job?