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Effective Remote Work Habits

The Center for Excellence in Teaching has identified an excellent resource for transitioning from on-site to remote work. We encourage everyone to complete the LinkedIn Learning modules most appropriate to your situation.

Please also see a summary of quick tips regarding effective remote work habits below.

Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule, and stick to it … most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance.

Keep a Dedicated Office Space
Dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it's work time. When it's on your lap, that's personal time. 

Morning Routine
Deciding you'll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you're about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.

Take Breaks
Don't short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour. You can use an app or launch a simple clock or timer on the screen when you take a break.

Socialize With Colleagues
Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. It's important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and incorporate opportunities to stay connected.

Look for Training Opportunities
Take advantage of online learning opportunities.

Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so.

End Your Day With a Routine
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday. Something as simple as shutting down your computer. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.

Adapted from PCMag.com's "20 Tips for Working from Home."