Our intern shares lessons learned during her summer working remotely for Quizlet.
My remote internship at Quizlet this summer provided indispensable lessons that I plan to apply to my life in the future. I had been looking forward to working in the office, and was disappointed when I realized the internship would be remote. But as it turned out, working from home provided a new perspective that I wouldn't have gained otherwise.
Many of the habits I developed during my internship are applicable to other aspects of life, such as navigating online school, keeping in touch with friends, and managing life in quarantine as best as possible.
So without further ado, here are the top tips I learned from my summer working remotely for Quizlet.
Establish a routine
Time moves in strange ways while working from home. Some days, it feels like it takes a thousand hours for just one day to be over. Other days move by in the blink of an eye. Immediately establishing a routine for myself was one of the beneficial things that I could have done.
Establishing a routine can look different for each person. The main idea is to give your day some sort of structure. A routine will help you organize your day. It will also increase productivity and help you focus.
It's easy to become distracted while working from home. You might have other family members or roommates around, or simply be tempted to lay in bed all day. Regardless of the type of distraction you are facing, a routine will help you stay on track and successfully complete your work day.
If you'd like more advice on how to stay focused and productive throughout your day, refer to our blog post here!
Have a healthy workspace
You might have a private workspace, or you may have to share it with a family member or roommate. Either way, you can set yourself up for a successful work day by keeping your space organized and decluttered.
I found it was helpful to pack up and put away my work items after the day was over. That way, when I was done with work for the day, I was truly done. My mind was then free to focus on other aspects of my life.
Additionally, setting up my computer and notebook on my desk in the mornings gave me a chance to acknowledge that my work day was about to begin.
If you're in a shared workspace, communicate with your partner to ensure nobody's toes are being stepped on. Having an understanding about who is on calls when can prevent any unwanted interruptions.
Take care of yourself
Self-care comes in many shapes and forms. I found while working remotely that I needed to check my posture and remind myself to take a break.
With nothing around your workspace to indicate that time has been moving on, it can be easy to sit at your computer and work for too long.
In an office space, you're able see the ebb and flow of the people around you. When you get up to go to the bathroom, your coworker might stop you for a quick conversation. A group of teammates might go out to lunch together or for a cup of coffee.
These interactions may seem small, but they allow you to step away from the computer and rest your brain and your eyes.
At home, you have none of these interactions, so be sure to allow yourself a chance to get up and take a break. Walk around the block, pet your dog, or call a friend or family member to say hello. You'll return to your work feeling refreshed.
Check your posture
Another tip is to check your posture. I caught myself hunched over my computer often. I combatted this by investing in a computer stand so I could stand at my desk (a pile of books can work in a pinch).
I also did back stretches every couple of days. Click here for a helpful list of back pain relief stretches to practice while working from home.
Connect with coworkers
When you work remotely, colleague connections are harder to come by. But they aren't impossible to have.
Reach out to coworkers and ask for informational interviews or virtual coffee chats. Doing this will help you build a sense of community, as well as help you learn about other roles in the company.
Additionally, if your company offers any virtual bonding activities or seminars, be sure to attend them! It may seem strange to log onto a screen with people that you don’t know. However, when you are working remotely, these events may be the only chance you get to build a connection with someone you don't see on a day to day basis.
As I mentioned above, many of these habits can be applied to different aspects of life, so feel free to apply them in ways you find most helpful.
Establish a routine to improve your focus and productivity throughout the day.
Make sure that you're happy with your workspace setup. It's a space in which you'll be spending a large amount of time, so take the time to get it right.
Give yourself a chance to recharge by finding different ways to enjoy small breaks throughout your day.
Find time to connect. Reach out to your coworkers and make time to chat with them. Doing so will give you a greater sense of community while working remotely.