Remote jobs have numerous advantages for both the employer and employee. As a result, the number of people who work remotely has been increasing over the past few years. However, there is a downside to this type of job. You can get lonely due to the lack of human interaction. It is especially so for extroverted people.
Extroverts derive their energy from socializing and collaborating with friends or co-workers. You not only like to share ideas but also love to meet new people and talk to others. Nonetheless, many have a successful career in remote jobs, thus, why not you?
If you are an extrovert, here are some ways you can make it while working remotely;
1. Rent co-working spaces
You thrive in busy working environments thus working in isolation as a remote worker can be difficult. However, you do not have to work in isolation. Consider renting co-working spaces. These are specifically designed to suit remote workers needs and are cheap and clean. Though working at a coffee cafe also helps to establish human contact, co-working spaces help you meet with other remote workers. They provide remote workers with all amenities they might need to carry on their business such as coffee, and printing.
‘Co-working spaces offer you an opportunity to socialize and meet new people from different industries or professionals in your field with whom you can network and gain more knowledge. This makes you feel independent and connected to your work. Get out and break the monotony of working at home.
2. Make good use of your communication skills
Extroverts love talking as a way of airing their ideas. Instead of using emails as your mode of communication, use one of your best personality traits: talking.
Opt for video conference calls, phone calls or attending a networking event to discuss things about work. These channels help you to express your ideas and ask questions, hence making you feel recharged the same way you would be on an on-site job.
3. Schedule time to socialize with friends
Working alone at home can sometimes be too much for an extrovert making them to second guess their decision of becoming remote workers.
See the brighter side of your job by scheduling time to meet up with friends and your loved ones every once in a while. Hearing your friends complain about the bustle and hustle of their 9-5 job can be what you need to recharge and see the brighter side of your remote job.
4. Schedule time to engage in physical activities
Regular interactions boost dopamine levels in your brain. This may not be possible for remote jobs.
With the flexibility in remote jobs, you can compensate for this by doing physical activities such a walks by the park, yoga, or walking your dog. These actions help boost your mood as well as promote brain processing power and ability to tackle new challenges.
5. Establish a morning routine
Creating a regular morning routine where you wake up, shower, put on your shoes and get dressed for the day is a fundamental habit that helps your brain transition to work mode, to be creative and productive. This helps you feel fulfilled and produces the best results even without relying on other people for collaboration.
6. Recreate a co-working environment at your home
It can be tricky for you to work alone all day with no one to turn to when you want to clarify something. Avoid home office blues by teaming up with friends or acquaintances who also work from home to create a co-working environment at your home.
Allow your home to be a co-working space once or twice a week. Engaging in small conversation during breaks can help you feel recharged, focused and fulfills your urge to get human interaction.
If you lack friends who can come over, you can turn to your household items such as houseplants or pets and talk to them the same way you would a co-worker. Though they may not give you any response, it will help you arrange your thoughts.
7. Tap into social media
These networks are excellent platforms that extroverts can exploit to satisfy their need for social contact. Platforms such as Slack, Ryver or Facebook can help you recreate in-person collaboration with your clients, exchange ideas or just general industries chitchat. This re-energizes you to stay focused and productive.
8. Lead, organize and participate in group work projects
Many extroverts thrive best in group projects and leadership positions. Group projects allow you to work with other people to achieve a common goal.
If your boss or client has an ongoing project, break the home environment monotony by offering your help in the project. If there are no ongoing projects, consider organizing and participating in company outings, lunch-hour book clubs, or volunteer day at a local non-profit place.
You can recruit your friends who also work remotely in your group project. This will help you feel a connection to your team members and company. It can also provide an opportunity to meet new people.
Remote jobs are lucrative opportunities that every person should take advantage of, whether an extrovert or introvert. The first step you should take as a remote worker who is an extrovert is embracing your personality type. Using the above tips will make you feel happier and more productive in your job. It may take a while to adjust but it is worth it. Start applying for a remote job today!