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Tips for Working Remotely

Maintain a routine – “go” to work.

  • Wake up at your normal time and adjust your pre-work routine to fit at home.
  • Take a shower and get dressed for work, don’t just wear your PJs! Dress and groom professionally to help put your best foot forward.
  • Use what would be your commute time to do something to help ease you into your day; try some light stretching, spend time with family, have breakfast, etc.


Create your workspace.

  • Select a space within your home that you can use as an office. Where possible, this space should divide your work life and your home life.
  • Consider lighting – don’t sit with a window behind you if you will be joining a meeting with video enabled but do try to let in some natural light.
  • Consider ergonomics in setting up your laptop or other devices.
    • If you truly don’t have enough space you can utilize at a table (if you absolutely MUST sit on a sofa), look into purchasing an inexpensive lap desk.
  • If you have a number of devices to plug in, use a surge protector to keep your electronics safe from sudden spikes in your home’s electrical system.
  • Wherever your workspace is, keep it neat – clear the clutter from your space and mind!


Organize your workday.

  • Plan your workday in segments; don’t try to do various tasks as they pop up. Schedule things in your calendar, including breaks!
  • Remember to focus on your blue chips and table your white chips!
  • At the end of each day, create a to-do list and goals for the next day so you have clarity/focus and don’t have to waste time the next morning.


Take breaks.

  • Take short breaks and a lunch break as you normally would – and be sure to do this if you normally wouldn’t!
  • Set alarms in your phone or calendar that remind you to get up and walk or stretch.
  • Maintain healthy habits; eat healthy foods and snacks. When you eat, do it away from your computer.
  • Get mobile! Move around as much as possible and try to build physical exercise into your day, especially activities that will improve posture since you are likely sitting for longer periods of time when working form home.
  • If you are sick, request to take a sick day. Don’t try to work from home when you aren’t feeling well, especially if you would normally take a sick day – just be sure to clear it with your supervisor.


Communicate effectively.

  • Discuss expectations with your supervisor. Make sure you’re on the same page and have a clear outline of expectations to will help ensure productivity.
  • Maintain a high level of attentiveness to communication with your supervisor and your team.


Set - and respect – boundaries.

  • Remind your family and/or friends that just because you’re not working in your office doesn’t mean you're not working. Be clear about what is an acceptable interruption.
  • Try to reduce distractions – use noise-canceling headphones while you work; don’t use social media or chat with friends on your phone; leave the TV off if possible.
  • Accept distractions – they will happen! Whether it’s the doorbell, a needy pet, or outside noise, just take a breath, address it, and settle back in.
  • Remember to allow for flexibility in dealing with distractions. It’s likely that your coworkers will encounter distractions that might impact you too – try to be patient! We’re all adjusting to this new workstyle together.


Socialize a bit!

  • Avoid isolation! Take a few minutes to connect with your co-workers on Skype for Business or via email or phone. This will help prevent feelings of disconnect or loneliness.
  • Share tips and ideas about working remotely with your co-workers and ask for feedback.
  • Keep in contact and offer support. Be open to being a friendly ear (since you can’t easily be a friendly face right now)!


Children in your home?

  • Build a schedule for yourself and your children, grouping similar activities at the same time (lunch, breaks, quiet time, etc.).
  • Block time, if possible, so that nap times can be uber-focused work times. “Recess” times may be good times to make conference calls if your children don’t need supervision to play outside.
  • Let your team and supervisor know what your home situation looks like. You may need to adjust working hours or a deadline, so communication is important to bridge any gaps.
  • Buy lots of craft materials, coloring books, and/or workbooks. You may need to help stimulate your children’s their minds if schools don’t assign enough work.
  • Have enough books and toys on hand, but don’t give them all at once. You can also assign them activities like light housework so they can “work at home” too!


Working from home is an adjustment for most, and any change takes take time adapt to. Be kind to yourself if you are struggling with this new reality!

Last Modified 3/23/20