Imagine an office where nobody stops by your desk to chat, back-to-back meetings are at a minimum, and your phone doesn’t ring constantly. This scenario can happen during the holidays, or when you’re working remote. The out of sight out of mind mentality keeps the persistent co-workers at a distance, but when you’re working from home it can be distracting. In order to break this bad habit you’ll need to adopt some organization and strict guidelines in order be productive during the day.
Keep it simple when you work remote. A list of tasks is one way to keep yourself on track, but also consider working the same as you would any other day. Get up an hour before you need to log in, and get your errands around the house done then. Some of the more common distractions to remote working are doing laundry, dishes, cleaning up, fixing things around the house, and watching TV. It is tempting to watch TV while you work, and if you choose to do so, try to only turn it on during your lunch break, or during a mental break from work.
Staying glued to the computer throughout the day can be limiting too. So be sure to move around, or take a walk to stretch out. Set a time limit for tasks so you don’t dwell too long on one thing, and make sure to keep a glass of water handy while you work; you’ll find yourself forgetting to hydrate when you’re on a roll.
Working from home is a great privilege, so make sure to use the opportunity to be more productive.
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