Are you working from home? The trend started with the pandemic. But as it’s closing to its end, more and more companies are adapting to the new normal. You now have a choice whether you want to go back to the office or continue working from home (or anywhere).
But is there a way to further improve your online job experience? Here are 5 books you can read to jumpstart your remote working career.
HBR Guide to Remote Work
If you’re totally new to remote work, the “HBR Guide to Remote Work” book is heaven-sent. It’s written by Harvard Business Review. And it tackles optimizing workstations, productivity, and work-life balance.
With HBR’s credibility, the tips are well researched and based on dependable data. Read this book to create a remote working environment that just feels like normal work with little adjustments.
Remote working is like learning a new craft. There are new skills and habits that you should master to be at your best. And the Atomic Habits by James Clear will help you with just that.
It goes beyond just forcing yourself on new habits. How many goals to change have you started but ended up failing? If you’re like me, quite countless, right?
Atomic habits propose a systematic approach to creating new habits without making it as hard as it seems. Read these pages and watch how easy it is to adapt to your new remote working setup.
We all have a limited amount of time. And in remote working, the measure is mostly productivity, not the hours you put in. Many companies are keen on this setup because you can do quality output. But ever had those moments when you can’t come up with something great?
Enter the concept of “Deep Work” by author Cal Newport. Deep work is focused work that brings value and improves your skill. It can be coming up with new campaigns, writing a book or an article, or maybe devising a system to operate better. It’s hard to replicate by many.
On the other hand, shallow work is tasks that don’t provide much value like checking emails or data entry administrative work. Though it should not be left behind, drowning yourself in shallow work isn’t ideal to become successful.
So read deep work to channel yourself into this state of productivity, even with a short amount of time.
Leading from Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Managing Remote Teams
When you go up the ranks, you will inevitably handle people in your team. But how is it different from handling a team onsite?
Read up on Leading from Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Managing Remote Teams by David Burkus. It talks about how to handle meetings and collaboration in a remote setting. And unifying a team using strategies that can be done online.
It’s an essential book for those wanting to become a manager or a leader of their remote working team themselves now and in the future.
4 Hour Workweek
A bestseller by Tim Ferris, the 4-hour workweek extends the concept of the new rich. You can enjoy life and create a system to work for 4 hours per week instead of your whole life. Where you have the money and the time freedom to do whatever you like.
It might not be now while you’re still building it. But reading this book will invite you to explore new options that can change your life for the better.
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