There are lots of factors that change when you take a regular job in an office working environment and try to re-create the same culture, same work ethic, same communication levels and apply them to a team working remotely. Whether you are a contractor or have just been requested to work from home as a result of the current situation post COVID 19 - today I have focussed on the time management factor. There is also the topic of communication, tools and equipment, technology use and other things depending on your role.
One of the major challenges I see small business owners face, and those who are having to work remotely either as contractors or employees, is the ability to work for themselves as hard as they worked for a boss in an office environment, and their ability to manage their time well. When I worked for someone else in an office, I turned up early, or at least on time, I stayed longer and did WAY more than I was actually paid for! I grew their business with passion, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment. I did my private chores out of work hours, in lunch breaks or after work so when I was ‘at work’ I was ‘at work’.
When I started working for myself over 19 years ago, I realised that without a boss, direct team leader and peers in the office, I found it easier to get distracted and that I could do what I liked with each hour of each day. Many people say that it is the one attractive thing about working for yourself or remotely, however it can also be one of the biggest traps you could face on a slippery slope to lack of motivation and productivity.
“Either you run the day or the day runs you!”
“You will either pay the price of discipline or the PAIN of regret”