As the world adapts to remote work, many professionals, including Assistants, have had to navigate new challenges and responsibilities. One crucial skill that has become increasingly important in this remote work environment is self-awareness, particularly when managing time, energy, and commitments.
In the past, when working in a traditional office setting, it was easier to separate work from personal life. However, with remote work, the lines between work and personal time can blur, making it essential to know your own time and energy levels. As an Assistant, being mindful of your available time and energy is crucial in ensuring success and maintaining productivity.
Set realistic deadlines and expectations
Setting achievable deadlines and commitments is crucial in a remote work environment, where distractions may be more prevalent and energy levels may fluctuate. It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver than to over-promise and under-deliver. Setting realistic expectations will help you to manage your workload effectively. It will help build trust with your Executive and colleagues, especially in industries or companies new to remote work.
Maintain visibility and open communications
In addition to managing deadlines and expectations, maintaining visibility and communication is critical for remote Assistants. With limited in-person interactions, it’s important to make an effort to stay connected with Executives, colleagues, stakeholders, and team members. As an Assistant, being the central point of contact for various stakeholders, keeping all communication channels open and being proactive in reaching out is vital. This helps keep projects on track and ensures everyone is aligned and aware of the progress.