Updated: January 11, 2021
It’s the New Year again! It’s time to start the year with new beginnings and aim to improve for the better. It’s time to begin a fresh start. And your remote working career might be one of your priorities, right? The question is, where do you start?
There are certain pitfalls when we create our New Year’s resolutions. But we got you! Here is a remote working checklist to make the most out of your New Year!
Adopt a Financial Management Strategy
How’s your financial situation last year? Are you on track with your financial goals? Or do you want it to improve further?
If you don’t have it already, better plan for your finances for this year. There are multiple ways to do this. One just needs to find something that they can adhere to.
Methods like the snowball method for your debt is a good starting point. You can also check the 6 jars financial management method. It’s an easy way to balance budgeting your needs and wants without depriving you of the pleasures in life. If you want more, you can review this 9 New Year’s financial checklist for financial freedom.
Set an Ideal Workspace
Ever wondered if you can increase your productivity without doing anything drastic. You can start with your workspace. According to a study, a cluttered workspace can decrease your focus, get overwhelmed, and promote procrastination. It can even take its toll on your mental health.
With this, a conducive workplace can increase your productivity. Check out these 14 tips for an inspiring work-from-home office.
Discarding the Things that Don’t Spark Joy Anymore
On top of setting up an ideal workspace, you should let go of the things that don’t have any use. As popular organizing consultant Marie Kondo said, “Does it spark joy?”
By taking out the things that don’t spark joy anymore, you can have more space for the things that would matter in the future. If you want to learn how to mindfully declutter, check out the KonMari method for decluttering your belongings.
Upgrade Your Skills
The value you can offer dictates the earning you can get. Not the other way around. As a remote worker (or any professional for that matter), you need to upgrade your skills this 2021.
You can start with reading articles, updates in your field, books, enrolling on online courses, and so on. Most people don’t do this because they think that learning stops after college. You will be ahead of the game/
It can be as little commitment first as one article per week. Do not pressure yourself. When the habit is instilled. It can grow it to 1 book a week. And one course a month. For all you know, after a year, you have improved so much with a lot of more things to offer than your peers.
There’s a thin line between “work” and “home” when the same place you work is where you relax as well. How can you detach yourself from and foster work-life balance?
For this year, you should create a clear separation between the two. You can try time-blocking where there’s a clear end for your work-day. You can also agree with your clients that this is just your set “working hours.” In this way, you can focus on the things that matter most after.
Healthy Eating and Exercise
Earning money isn’t worth it if it costs your health. And it’s easy to forget our health when working remotely.
To maintain this lifestyle, you should exercise regularly with a proper diet. It doesn’t mean you have to follow strict over-the-top changes. You can start with small tasks like walking for 20 mins a day. Or buying a jumping rope for a little cardio.
At first, you can also add (not replace) healthy foods in your diet. In this way, you can slowly get the best health you can while working-from-home.
Connect with Family and Friends
Social health is as important as your physical health. After all, no man is an island. As a remote worker, you might not have the time to connect with your family and friends as much as before. Reach out to them.
It can be a simple instant messaging or video call. But, if possible, you can meet them up to hangout.
Are you ready for the New Year? What else do you want to change this year? Comment down below for more!