Remote work has been a blessing for many PWD (Persons With Disabilities) workers. It has provided employment and opened many opportunities that would otherwise be difficult to attain in a traditional setup.
That said, working via online jobs brings its own set of problems for Remote PWD workers. If you are experiencing or have experienced these challenges, know you’re not alone and that your reactions to them are valid and understandable. I also encountered some of these challenges myself, and let me tell you, it gets better.
It’s Okay to Feel Confused.
When starting something new, it’s normal to feel lost and directionless, especially if it’s your first job. This was my experience when I first started on this job myself. From adjusting to a new sleep schedule to downloading new apps, there is a lot to get used to now that you’re working remotely.
Because of this, why not take things slowly at first? Doing this allows you to better find footing amidst these changes and confidently do your job. In addition, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from your supervisor and co-workers if you’re having trouble accomplishing your tasks.
It’s Normal to Be Indecisive.
Part of starting a new job is not knowing what to do and being unsure of yourself. So if you’re being indecisive at your job, don’t worry; it’s a normal reaction. Even regular employees are like this when they’re in unfamiliar situations, so don’t feel bad if this happens to you.
If you’re feeling indecisive lately, know that you’re in your job for a reason. In a remote setup, appearances are a secondary concern; what matters more is your capability to get things done. So keep your chin up; you’re boss knows you’re up to the task, so believe in yourself.
Don’t Feel Bad That You’re Feeling Overwhelmed Sometimes.
I know this feeling too. There are days when your tasks feels so overwhelming sometimes. Days when assignments seem to just pile up with seemingly no end in sight. Or perhaps, similar to my experience, you were given a difficult choice crucial to your career, and you have no idea which one to prioritize.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that your feelings are valid, and you shouldn’t feel bad for them. If you need to, take a break first so you can think things through with a clear mind. Remember, your problems won’t disappear by simply wallowing in them; you still have to pick yourself up and accomplish all you need.
Feeling Anxious Today Isn’t a Sign of Weakness.
Speaking from experience, finally getting a job is both exciting and anxiety-inducing. No matter how qualified you are for your job, there will always be that nagging feeling you’re not enough for it. These thoughts, at least for me, are at their strongest at night when you’re trying to sleep or struggling at work.
Having these thoughts can seriously affect your productivity, as it could lead to the other issues I previously mentioned. If you need help, you can call these numbers for assistance.
Your Productivity in One Day Won’t Be the Same in the Other.
A common feeling experienced by Remote PWD workers and regular workers is fretting over being unable to be productive every day. There will be days when you will feel motivated and energized to do your job. Some days, your work will feel like a tedious chore, no matter how much you love it.
When this happens, don’t fret. Maybe you just got tired from working hard the previous times. If this is the case, why not give yourself more rest after work hours to recuperate your strength?
Another way to regain your productivity is by discovering your remote work pace. Doing this allows you to balance being productive at work and enjoying your hobbies.
Everything’s Going to Be Alright.
I know it’s difficult to believe these words, especially if you’re having a tough time. You’re not in the wrong for feeling this way; remember that. Your feelings are valid, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of them.
That said, it does get easier over time, especially if you have the support of your loved ones, boss, and co-workers. With their help, you can overcome your difficulties and better yourself at your work.