Working from home is a perfect time to grow personally!
Illustration by Augustė Misiūnaitė

So it seems, that working from the home period will take some more time. Probably everyone already missed their colleagues, high pace and hustle and bustle in the office. But good news, soon it is going to change and life will be back to normal. And yes, this chapter will help us to build better remote working skills but here are our two cents: seize this time to improve yourself too. We promise that these developed skills will lead you to a victory in your professional career.

Working from home to kill your impostor syndrome

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Like your friends or colleagues are going to discover you’re a fraud, and you don’t actually deserve your job and accomplishments? These feelings are known as impostor syndrome, or what psychologists often call impostor phenomenon. An estimated 70% of people experience these impostor feelings at some point in their lives, according to a review article. And yes, this feeling can really make your professional life though. So why not to combat this feeling while working from home? First, do what professional athletes do- spend time beforehand picturing yourself making a successful presentation or calmly posing your question in class. It sure beats picturing impending disaster and will help with performance-related stress.  Also, separate your feelings from the facts. You cannot remember the last time you got negative feedback from your boss? So, it means, that you are doing just okay and all your “unprofessionalism” is just fruit or your thoughts. This time is perfect for erasing those feelings from your life because you do not see any faces of your colleagues which sometimes can look judgemental to you. And, at last, the golden rule- REWARD yourself. You are a wonderful human being who performs just ok! Remember that all these thoughts are just your self-judgment, so we suggest to start killing it while working from home, because you have more time to develop new habits and change your perspective.

Master the adapting

Well, quarantine shook everyone. Our workflow changed overnight and probably a lot of people struggled to adapt to those changes. So if working from home really shooked you it means that it is time to strengthen your adaptability skills! Firstly, leaders that can adapt to change are motivated, not easily discouraged, and are usually more creative than the average employee. This skill is one of the most valuable soft skills because it helps young talents to adapt to any circumstances and nail every critical situation they face. “But how the hell I am supposed to do that?”, you ask. Here are out $0.02 for this situation.

Change Your Thought Process

Let go of the “Well, that’s the way we’ve always done it” mentality. While change can be scary and intimidating, embrace it and look at change as an opportunity to improve, learn, and grow. It can open the door to creativity as well. This also means, however, being open to the thoughts and opinions of others, i.e. different perspectives. Let’s be honest, you have more spare time while working from home so do not forget to work with your mind by accepting new things to try in your work routine!

Encourage Others to Be Open-Minded

One of the best ways you can develop an open mind is to encourage others to do the same. This creates a more open atmosphere in and around you, thereby further encouraging your open-mindedness and to continue the cycle. It also serves as a means to shut down closed-minded thinking, such as “Well, that’s how we’ve always done it.”. So while working from home and having another video conference talk about changing your work processes and embrace your colleagues to drive some change into your working routine.

Embrace Learning

People who are curious and stay current tend to be adaptable. This means you need to embrace learning. Read up about new technologies in your industry sector, go to seminars on how to cut costs while maintaining efficiency and quality, learn about process improvement, connect with colleagues who have this kind of vision and learn from them, read what they read, etc. So nowadays it is a perfect time to ditch your casual evening Netflix marathon and better read some blogs of your industry or start reading some books. We all know that education and knowledge nowadays is widely available even if you are locked at your house.

Enhance your creativity while working from home

Well, that sounds really cheesy, but once again, use your working from home period for uplifting your creativity. And we are not talking that you need to start painting or creating some beats on your laptop. No, we encourage you to start tackling everyday problems in a more creative manner. As we mentioned, while working at home nobody sees you and you will not be judged by anyone. So when you end your daily call with your department just take a big piece of paper and start writing down some unorthodox solutions. Yes, even the dumbest ones. And later on, just start evolving them into some nice strategies. In our opinion creative problem solving is like a muscle. Train it consistently and it will deliver great results soon!

Conclusion

No need to mention that this working from home period is a challenging one. It really tests your work ethics and dedication, but in our opinion, it is one of the biggest opportunities to kill your inner stigmas that slows you down in your career path. So, stay safe folks and let’s grow together!

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