Communicate openly and often
When you aren’t in the office where you can work with your co-workers face-to-face, make sure you prioritize communication - whether through zoom, email, text, or calling. Your co-workers and managers would rather have you overcommunicate than not communicate at all.
Don’t work in your pajamas
It can be tempting to wake up, roll out of bed and start working while still in your pajamas. As tempting as that might sound, studies show that people have a more productive work day when they wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast. It helps signal your brain that it’s time to work, not rest. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to get up and put on an outfit you’d wear to the office. The point is to just change out of your pajamas.
Have a work space
Set yourself up for success in a place where you can focus. Since a lot of people are working remotely due to the coronavirus, not everyone has a desk. But there are alternatives such as a table or counter-top. While working in bed sounds great, you are almost guaranteed to get less work done and maybe even fall asleep.
Plan out your day
Studies show that people who have a plan on what they are going to accomplish that day have a much higher efficiency rate of getting things done, compared to those who have no plan or structure.
Find a process that works for you
Everybody is different and works better in different conditions. For you that may be turning on a motivating playlist and getting through your work. For others that might be putting your phone on “do not disturb” and focusing for one hour, then getting up to grab a glass of water and going back to work.
Due to these challenging times we are living in at the moment, life looks a little different. By following the tips above, your transition to working remotely will be more smooth and successful.