I have been a member of the Avatar Solutions team for six years, working until recently in our Chicago office. Each day, I have woken up, gotten ready, and taken the train downtown. In total, my commute has been around 45 minutes.
Then, one month ago, I moved across the country to Los Angeles. I’m still with Avatar, yet I’ve shaved my morning commute down to about 30 seconds. One might speculate that I’ve expertly mastered Los Angeles traffic but, no, I am now a remote employee and work out of my home.
In an age of VPNs, cloud storage, and text messaging our managers, technological advances have made it very easy to work for a company 2,000 miles away and have it seem as though you are right there in the office. In fact, I’ve got the same office setup I had in Chicago – Avatar shipped my computer and phone to me and I am connected to our database via VPN.
Technologically speaking, it couldn’t be any simpler. The biggest challenge so far has been reminding myself that I am “in the office” during the day. I can’t let myself become distracted by the fact that I am, indeed, sitting in my living room.
Now I’ve only been doing this for a month, so I’m no expert, but there are a few things that have really helped me maximize my productivity and engagement while working from home. Here is a look at a few of them: