Working from home is the dream for most employees, but it’s not without challenges.
To stay accountable, productive and focused, try these 11 time management tips:
1. Set up a dedicated, quiet workspace.
If your plan is to just work from “wherever,” you could be in for a rude wake-up call. Don’t settle for your couch or kitchen. Establish a workspace that minimizes distractions, and cordon off a specific area that trains your brain to distinguish between work and personal matters.
2. Pretend you’re going to work.
Remote workers, when’s the last time you got up, put on business attire, and prepped yourself as if you were heading into the office?
You don’t have to don a pantsuit first thing in the morning, but create a schedule with defined working hours. Establish a routine that mirrors the mornings of your office-bound colleagues—without all the dreadful hours of commuting, of course.
3. Keep track of your time.
Are you underestimating how long it takes you to complete tasks? Are you spending too much time on Instagram or Netflix?