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Shanae Cooper-Robinson


Whether you live under a rock, above, beneath or on the earth’s surface, you will encounter adversities of some sort. It doesn’t matter the setting, be it: ‘brick and mortar’ or remote; adversities are just adversities.  Overcoming problems in the virtual workspace can be challenging, but with the right strategies, methods and mindset, you can navigate these challenges effectively. Here are eleven (11) tips to help you overcome adversities in the virtual workspace:

  1. Establish a Routine: Set a regular schedule to create a sense of structure and consistency during your workdays. This will help you to stay organized and maintain a work-life balance.
  2. Create a Designated Workspace: Designating a specific area in your home or office for work will give you a compelling feel of commitment. Make sure that your space is comfortable, free from distractions, and equipped with the necessary tools and technology to carry out your work.
  3. Time Management: Use time management techniques like the Pomodoro technique, task lists, and time blocking to stay focused and productive during work hours.  If you are not good at multitasking, avoid doing it since it can impede on your efficiency level.
  4. Effective Communication: Clear and frequent communication is essential in a virtual workspace. Use tools like video conferences, chat apps and email to stay in touch with your team, if you operate a company. If you are a solopreneur, be sure to have the numbers of collaborators and experts like yourself when you don’t have the answers for all questions or solutions for every problem. Be proactive in sharing updates and seeking clarification. “No man is an island, no man stands alone.”
  5. Maintain Work-Life Boundaries: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. When you’re done with work, log off, and disconnect to prevent burnout. Learn to detach at times. Except for few exceptions that you have no control over, strike a balance between work and family time.
  6. Combat Loneliness: Isolation is a common challenge in virtual work. Make an effort to stay socially connected with colleagues. Schedule virtual coffee breaks, team meetings, or casual chats to maintain a sense of camaraderie.
  7. Stay Organized: Use digital tools to keep track of tasks, deadlines, and project progress. This can help you stay on top of your workload and reduce stress.
  8. Self-Motivation: In the absence of constant supervision, self-discipline and motivation are crucial. Set goals and reward yourself for achieving them. Find what motivates you and use it to stay on track.
  9. Professional Development: Continue to learn and grow in your field upgrade your knowledge and keep abreast of what is happening by attending online courses, webinars, and virtual conferences. These are great ways to stay updated and motivated.
  10.  Technical Proficiency and Adaptability: Ensure you have a good understanding of the technology and tools you’re using for remote work. This will help you avoid technical challenges and improve efficiency. Be open to changes and flexible in your approach. Virtual workspaces can change rapidly, so being adaptable is essential.
  11. Mental Health: Prioritize your mental health. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek professional help or talk to a counselor. Many organizations offer mental health resources for their remote employees.

Remember that everyone faces unique challenges in virtual work, so it’s important to find strategies that work best for you. By implementing these tips and remaining adaptable, you can successfully overcome adversities in the virtual workspace.

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