Many people are experiencing the joys (and pains) of remote work for the first time due to the COVID-19, and if you are not used to it, it can be hard to transition to this new mode of work and find the motivation needed to be productive. For all its faults, the office provides a setting where you are held accountable, and being productive comes easily. However, with the right approach, you can have the best of both worlds. The trick here is to find
the right triggers for your brain which signal the start of the work day. When working in the office, you had your morning routine consisting of showering, getting dressed, having breakfast and coffee, and the commute. Your workday at home can be similar (without the commute obviously), and if you can have a designated workspace at well, that’s even better. You then have two other tools at your disposal – lists and scheduling. To-do lists help you stay
motivated, organized and productive throughout your day, and your list should be populated with both long-term and short-term goals. You will notice that as you check off things from your to-do list, especially if you start with the smaller tasks, you build momentum and extra motivation needed for those larger, harder tasks. When combined with scheduling, you will hold yourself more accountable to your to-do list. Of course, the first few tries at scheduling may not work out 100%, but as you learn more about your rhythm, you will become much better at it. Over time, you will learn which activities are best at the start of your day, and when to take breaks. Naturally, as you establish your routine, your effectiveness and productivity will grow, and you might soon find that you want to work remotely even after the lockdowns are lifted.

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