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Since 2007, there’s been a 159% increase in remote working. For many companies, remote work promotes an overall better work-life balance and company retention rate due to reduced commuting time, a quieter environment, and geographic freedom. Now, due to the COVID-19 outbreak many of us are working remotely for the first time. If you’re worried about working remotely read Turn2’s six tips to make your stay-at-home days productive:

1. Do One Thing Right Away

It will be tempting to press Snooze once, twice, or three times, but you want to start your work week at home well. Immediately after waking up, accomplish a simple task before drinking your coffee or eating breakfast, like starting a load of laundry, walking the dog, or reading the news. Powered by the satisfaction of accomplishing one small task, you’ll feel more motivated to accomplish the rest of the items on your list.

2. Create A Daily Schedule

When you’re at home, you’re basically your own boss. Yes, you may not have meetings, as many calls, or break room chats but you still need to maintain focus. Design a daily schedule that works for you and your family, and don’t forget to schedule breaks!

3. Stick To The Dress Code

You may not want to change out of your coziest pajamas into slacks, but if you dress for your workday you’ll be more productive.

4. Invest In A Work Space

Invest in a comfortable chair, ergonomic desk, or large table to be more productive during the day. It may seem more convenient to lay on the couch, but that should be saved for leisure time to help separate your work and play.

5. Use Technology

Technology is your friend when working from home. Setting up a work space requires an investment of your time and money, but depending on the nature of your work, it’s worth it. Make sure you have a desktop, several screens, laptop, tablet, and a reliable phone so there are no impediments to your workflow during your day. Investigate and determine what organizing apps can help you stay on track while working like Slack, Trello, or Evernote.

6. Get Social

During your lunch break call a friend, walk with your dog or partner, or play with your kids. After work, pick up a new hobby, read a book or watch a movie with your family. We should always be aware of keeping up with our people skills for the future and for our mental health, even when we’re all working from home the majority of your time.

Working From Home, Together

Use the tips above to learn the best work from home practices, like scheduling and dressing, to be your most productive. Looking to hire a self-motivated candidate or a career with remote flexibility? Turn2Partners is a D.C. based recruiting firm that wants to help you. Find out more by contacting us at 571-302-4999 or visit turn2partners.com today.