Set an alarm. Setting work hours is crucial. When you don't physically have to be in the office, it is easy to forget your deadlines. So be sure to set some alarms to start your work on time.
Boil a pot of coffee first things first. Once the smell circulates your house, you will feel as if you are almost at work and can get cracking right away!
Set up a space to work. Get creative. Making yourself a good place to focus is a great start. It can be difficult learning to focus - make the space conducive to productivity.
Have some light in your study space. It is easy to get sleepy when it's dark, and your bed is only so far away.
Make a list of to-dos before you get started. It's a good idea to refresh your mind on what needs to get done since your boss or colleagues won't be there to remind you.
Set a schedule and stick to it. Plan out your day, so you can keep a better track of your responsibilities.
Stay away from your cell phone during set work hours. You wouldn't be on it at work. Try to stick with your typical routine to avoid further distractions.
Block social media and entertainment apps. Just because your boss isn't watching you, doesn't mean you can't be your own boss.
Don't do work in your bedroom. It will interfere with your sleep schedule. Consider working at a desk or a table.
Dress the part. If you plan to zoom with colleagues, be sure to wear work clothes Just because you are all home, doesn't make the situation any less important. Staying professional is key.
If the day allows, exercise. Exercising is good for productivity and happiness, which are important tools for tackling your workday remotely.
Utilize a planner. Writing things down is a certified way of remembering responsibilities.
Be prompt. Email back your colleagues right away. Since you are not in the office, you will need to provide updates to them.
Don't wear pajamas. Since you will still be at home, you don't have to get too crazy. However, it can be distracting to work in your pajamas.
Cozy up to your technology. Update your technology. Watch how-to videos. It is your link to work.
Introduce your own rewards system. You need to keep working somehow. Get creative - think of your own individually-geared ways to reward yourself for getting things done on time.
Stay away from non-productive screens, like TV. I know your shows can be transfixing and extremely distracting so be sure to shut off the television when you're planning to work.
Don't let your lunch break turn into a day-long break. It is hard to stay focused outside the office, but be sure to take your lunch break outside the house, so you're more inclined to work hard in your space when you return, with a fresh mind and a full belly.
But, remember to take breaks. It is easy to get trapped in the work vortex, especially when you set your own hours or don't leave the house.
Listen to music. Take advantage of your workspace being your house, by making it into your own.