Millions of employees across the country have suddenly shifted to remote work positions for the first time ever. If this is a new way or working for you, it can be difficult to get into work mode. With the right environment and attitude, you can still maintain professionalism and productivity.
When working, make it clear to the people around you what you need from them while you are trying to tackle tasks. This could mean using signage on your door to indicate whether you are working or not, wearing headphones to block out distractions and establishing specific guidelines for roommates/spouses/family members to follow when you are working.
“My family is aware what it means when the door to my office is open, when it’s closed, and when it’s closed and I’ve put a do-not-disturb on the door. Initially we had a lot of awkward social interactions about when I’m available to be interrupted, and it’s taken some working out,” said Jason Snell, the creator of tech new site Six Colors.
Also ensure you have set working hours and breaks so you have a proper work routine. Creating a check-in system with your coworkers can also let them know when you are working or unavailable.
Another way to get into work mode is getting up in the morning, showering and getting fully dressed. This establishes a sense of professionalism and can help you get motivated for your work day.