An extrovert’s guide to working from home

 

Here at Acceleration Partners I’m lucky to work for a 100% remote working company. I choose where I work and when I work; I am trusted to get the job done.

I am a 99% extrovert, I love socialising and I love meeting new people. So naturally when I told my friends and family that I would be taking a remote working role at Acceleration Partners there were certainly a few raised eyebrows.  “Won’t you get lonely?” they asked?  and “Will you be isolated?” These were also concerns that crossed my mind, but I knew I wanted to be a part of Acceleration Partners unique and special culture.

After joining I quickly realised the plethora of benefits remote working bought to my life. I certainly wasn’t lonely; in fact, it’s the complete opposite I’ve never felt more part of a team and more connected with my colleagues.

For any extrovert out there considering a remote working role these are the following steps I took for success in a remote working role.

Set up a dedicated workspace

It was important to me that I created a dedicated workspace where I could focus and feel like I was at work. For those of us who live in London, a dedicated office is tricky but it’s still important to ensure you have an office area set up either in a communal area or a spare room. Purchase a desk, a desk chair and make your workspace feel like an office.  Set up your workspace how you need it, make sure it’s clean, tidy and most importantly quiet.

Utilise local coffee shops

For any extrovert it’s important to “get out the house”. And for any person remote working it’s vital to recognise when you need a change of scenery. I like to utilise local coffee shops to work in 1-2 times a week, it’s a great way to meet new people and keep up productivity. Some of our EMEA team are also members of a co-working space in Central London.  We have work together days each month as a way to collaborate face-to-face and share learnings.

A morning routine is key

As much as working in your pyjamas can seem appealing, this doesn’t lend itself to a productive day. A morning routine will help separate your professional life from your personal one and ensure you are focused on the task at hand. Get up, get showered and dressed and fuel the day with a delicious breakfast. Setting this routine really helps it to feel like “you’re going to the office.”

Exercise can also be a great way to kick-start the day, a morning trip to the gym or a walk when the weather is nice. Exercise is a great was to help with creative thinking and a break from the screen is needed for both your body and your mind.

Schedule daily interaction

Even when you remote work you can have great connections with your colleagues. Ensure all meetings take place over video conference call and also take the time to have virtual coffee catch-up’s with colleagues you don’t chat to regularly. Slack is also a great way to interact remotely and build connections with your colleagues, it’s something we use daily at AP.

Do something social after work

When you work from home it can be easy to get “stuck in the house”. No extrovert wants to be a hermit so push yourself to be social outside of work hours. Extra-curricular activities such as a sports club, choir, dance or arts can be a great way to add something to your weekly routine and see people face-to-face.

Whilst I may have had reservations about taking a remote working role at first, I now wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s an adjustment but setting key routines can make it a fantastic life change. Acceleration Partners is an amazing place to work, with an inspiring and unique culture. With any new job there is always concerns, but take the time to consider how you can address these; remote working is for extroverts too.

If you’d like to find out more about Acceleration Partners and joining our growing EMEA team, visit our careers page.

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