Start each day like you’re going to work. That means wake up at your normal time, shower, and getting dressed for work. This signals to your brain that it’s time to work – not to.
8 Tips For Successfully Working Remotely
Start each day like you’re going to work. That means wake up at your normal time, shower, and getting dressed for work. This signals to your brain that it’s time to work – not to lounge.
Set regular work hours. The knowledge that you can work whenever will tempt you, but you’ll be more productive if you set a strict schedule and keep the same hours daily. If your boss doesn’t require set hours, set them yourself. This will help to create work boundaries.
Set up a dedicated workspace. Try to work in the same spot each day, and make sure your space functions efficiently for your business style. If you can, close the door. It signals to your kids, roommates, or whomever, that you’re busy and working. It also helps create a divide between your ‘work’ life and your ‘home’ life even if they’re physically the same place.
Understand your deliverables. Have a clear understanding of what’s expected of you from your boss, as this will ensure that you’re being productive and being evaluated fairly.
Use technology to stay connected. Working alone can be hard. Especially if you’re used to having a lot of people around. Slack channels, instant messaging, and video conferencing tools can make it easy to check in and talk with your co-workers regularly. This will help prevent feelings of loneliness or disconnect. Also, video chat whenever you can. It creates the feeling of being in the office and gives you that valuable face time.
Take breaks, and don’t forget to move. Schedule time for clear breaks away from your desk. Take time to make and eat lunch, drink a glass of water, stretch, walk around the house, or go for a walk outside. Exercise may reinvigorate you and make for a more productive day.
Eat healthy meals. Unhealthy food choices impact your energy and mood, and they may also compromise your immune system. Plan your meals and snacks at home, the same way you’d plan for them at the office.
After work, "go home” (even if you’re home). Clear your desk, turn off your computer, turn your phone on silent, and move to another location in your home. One way of transitioning from work life to home life is to change your environment.
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