I'm no stranger to working from home. In fact, it's been my modus operandi as a writer for quite some time. Writing in itself is a solitary activity, so it makes sense. With remote working becoming the new norm for many, I have some tips about what I've learned along the way to share with you in this post.
First things first, please adhere to my title. Even though working from home means no one will see you from the waist up, you should really make sure you get yourself ready in preparation for the day's work. While there is flexibility, it's best to build a routine, and the working hours where you're expected to be online are your best guidelines for that. That also means no working from bed! As tempting as it may be, it can wreak havoc on your health. Trust me and save yourself from some uncomfortable adjustments by the chiropractor.
Working at Nexa, I've had the opportunity to learn a lot from my colleagues, who are all experts in their fields. The working environment is incredibly supportive, with everyone just one message away. Not only that, but there is no micro-management, something that often occurs with remote working that makes the entire experience a stressful and difficult one. I am inspired by those I work with, who continually open my mind to new ideas and challenge me to be better at what I do, something I am so grateful for.
One of the best things about being a writer is that you get to cover diverse topics. At Nexa, I've been fortunate to learn so much since joining the team. This includes topics about the Middle East through my writing, as well as various aspects of marketing. I've learned about HubSpot from my onboarding experience, which was very insightful and efficiently conducted via video tutorials. What's also great about Nexa, in particular, is the weekly meetings, games days, and yoga sessions available to us.
With more and more people working remotely, I'd also say that one needs to devise a new plan for having a work-life balance. While no need to commute means you have more time, one needs to know how to manage their responsibilities and separate work from home life while being in a home-based setting. That means you should have a dedicated workspace and need to know when to turn the laptop off, as it's easy to have the lines between personal and business blurred. That said, it's also just as easy to become distracted by your surroundings or access to the internet. What it comes down to is accountability and discipline, two things you've got to have.
There you have it - my experience with working from home at Nexa, as well as the advice I can share with you if you're new to working from home. Having little office-based experience used to be a deterrent on my CV, but that is no longer the case. Embrace the opportunities you are presented with and give it your best effort. To bring it back to my title, I'll leave you with an Italian saying I live by - la Bella figura. It's a way of life, a commitment to leaving good impressions by looking and being the best possible version of yourself each day.