Remote working can be problematic during normal times. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re isolated from the team and no one is looking over your shoulder. During a crisis, it can be even more difficult. If you’ve transitioned to remote working, here are some tips to stay productive.

Set a Routine

Get up every day with your alarm. Pretend you have to clock in at work, even if it’s in the next room. Don’t hit snooze. Get up and have coffee and breakfast. Set your coffeemaker at night to help you begin your day. Shower and get dressed.

Separate Work from Home

Remote working can be hard when you get up and check your emails, then eat lunch at your desk and check emails before you go to bed. Don’t do work outside of your work setup. Have a separate place where you work. You have to create some work-life balance. It’s hard when you work in the same place where you live, but you can set boundaries.

Don’t Work from the Couch

Yes, it can be tempting to take it easy and work in the comfort of your living room. Although this might work for a day, over time, it will kill your productivity. You need a proper work environment, where you can focus on what needs to get done.

Have an Agenda Each Day

Before you shut down work, know what’s on your agenda for the next day. When you get to your workstation, you’ll be ready to tackle the most important tasks. Keep track of your time so you know how productive you are.

Give Yourself a Break

You may need a few days to really get into a routine to be productive while remote working. Don’t beat yourself up. Just tell yourself that you’ll do better.

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