Your Virtual Environment

For virtual workers, having an optimized work area is a must.  Most know how to keep themselves from reaching a low work level, but additional buffers are always a good thing.  Here are four tips for keeping your virtual space organized and quarantined.

  1. Designated Space – Space is a commodity but your ‘space’ does not have to be a room. It can be a designated area for the purposes of the ‘ritual’ of working. When you go to that space and start working, you will be unstoppable.  The less your space bleeds into the public space of your house, the better.
  2. Designated Time – Adhere to a work schedule. This tip has personally never worked for me as the nature of my work does not have ready and set time for demands. I personally work in a customer oriented field ergo the customers’ demands are going to come in at any time of day. This is where the first tip comes into play though. Even though my ‘time’ is not linear, my ‘space’ is very much a place of its own, and where I retreat when work comes in.
  3. The Perfect Calendar – One of the perks of working from home is being able to balance your work life with your home life. Our company treats calendars as, literally, the direction of your day. It is fine if you must run out but make sure you have it on the calendar so that people know there is an hour stretch where they should not depend on you. The inverse is applicable too. If you intend to work into the evening, let people know you are around – this way, it relieves some stress from your colleagues.
  4. Be Realistic – You may have some wonderful ideas of other tips as a virtual worker. But they must stop at ideas. Don’t stress yourself out trying to adhere to regimens that look good on paper but are cumbersome in application. Your work should be an ever-flowing stream so don’t let pride get in the way of what works for you.

These tips are not meant to be a checklist but rather a guide. At the end of the day, you are accountable for results and provided you stay within the guidelines of your company’s procedures and ethics…the world is yours so do what works for you.