Since many businesses have moved their workforce to remote work arrangements, we rounded up our top tips for remote workers:

  1. Get started early – dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Many report that getting an early start helps them feel more productive if they can check items off their to-do lists or make progress on a project early before coming back to it throughout the day.

 

  1. Pretend like you are going into the office – Do all the things you’d do to prepare for a day in the office: set your alarm, make coffee, and get dressed, even if it’s a bit more casual than you’d dress for the office.

 

  1. Create a to-do list – Segment what you’ll do and when over the course of the day. Create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on a new task.

 

  1. Choose a dedicated work space – A specific room or surface in your home to work rather than on the couch. Ensure your home office provides all the necessary technology to be productive.

 

  1. Minimize distractions – Limit interruptions such as your television or social media. Consider closing your home office door if you’re not the only person home.

 

  1. Plan out what you’ll be working on ahead of time – try solidifying your schedule the day before, making it feel more official when you wake up the next day to get started on it.

 

  1. Use communication tools to stay connected – Instant messaging and videoconferencing can make it easy to check in with coworkers/supervisors/managers.

 

  1. Take clear breaks – Get away for your workspace and take a walk outside or spend time with others who might be in the house.

 

  1. Prepare your meals the night before – Preparing food ahead of time ensures you can use your meal times to eat, and that you aren’t performing non-work tasks that spend energy better used at your desk.

 

  1. Communicate – Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or a task, say so. Don’t postpone asking for help if you need it.