How to stay disciplined when working remotely

Over the years, we’ve come to understand that there are two sides to effective remote working. There is the technical side of things, the nuts and bolts of remote working. This includes ensuring that your team is set up correctly (see ActionPoint’s remote working checklist), that your team have the right tools and applications (see how Microsoft 365 enables remote working), and the proper security and data protection controls in place (check out our IT Mobility page for more details).

Then there is the side that is less discussed by IT partners, the soft skills required for effective remote working. Some of the most common questions we get asked by workers are to do with staying motivated, avoiding distraction and maintaining discipline when working from home. These are real concerns. When you work from home there are distractions and opportunities to procrastinate everywhere. Why? Because this is your familiar space. Things like washing, cleaning, the X-box and your bed are always nearby. So, in this article we will provide six simple tips for avoiding distraction and maintaining discipline when working from home.

1. Be Organised

Make sure you have everything you need before you sit down and start your day. This includes your phone, coffee, water bottle, pens, mouse, laptop charger, and notepads. Starting your day with a series of false starts (retrieving forgotten items) can unfortunately set the tone for a day of distraction.

2. Keep a To-Do List

Get in the habit of dumping everything that comes into your head into one dedicated notebook or whiteboard. As David Allen, the author of ‘Getting Things Done’ says, “Your brain is not a hard drive where you should store everything. It needs to be clear so it can have clarity, focus and be creative.” This includes everything from your partner’s birthday present, the shopping list, workday tasks, project ideas and anything else that is taking up mental space. This brain dump could take an hour or more each day/week. However, the clarity it can provide you with is invaluable. The key to productivity is to then prioritise and execute the important tasks first.

3. Keep a Blank Page Beside You for Spontaneous To-Dos

Added to the above, if something comes into your mind that is ‘house-related’, just take note of it and deal with it later. It’s important not to give into urges but these should not be ignored completely. If it’s urgent you can deal with it during your scheduled break.

4. Turn off Email Notifications

Schedule time each day to respond to emails. Plan when and for how long you will answer them, otherwise you could be at the mercy of your inbox all day. If you have something important that needs your focus do not start the task by reading emails. An unforeseen email could present a curveball that sends your morning into a spin.

5. Glue Your Feet to the Floor (Metaphorically Speaking)

You simply must be strong-willed and keep your feet glued to the floor. Stick to a routine, maintain a proper break schedule and be conscious of external triggers that are causing distraction. But just as important, don’t be afraid to leave 10-minute gaps in your schedule once or twice a day to give into distraction. Willpower is a limited resource and giving into distraction periodically can help in the long run.

6. Turn off Social Media Notifications

The main offender when it comes to distraction. You wouldn’t constantly check your social media account in the office so don’t do so at home. One of the simplest, and most effective, ways of avoiding the pull of social media is to turn off social media notifications.

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As a remote worker, you’ve probably never heard this from anybody .

“Oh, I don’t know how you have the discipline for that!”

It IS difficult! Discipline takes, well, discipline. Certain people might be naturally more disciplined than others, but discipline can be an evolved skill. In an office environment, expectations are set. You know when your day is supposed to start and end. Put another way, you know after what arrival time your manager will raise her eyebrows, and you know before what departure time your boss will pull you aside and say, “Exactly where is it you have to be?” During the workday, the eyes of your colleagues and your manager keep you on task and mostly in your seat, unless you’re in a meeting, on your way to a meeting, or on your way back from a meeting. When you’re remote, all bets are off. You can start when you want. Finish when you want. Go for a walk when you want. Chances are, your manager and peers won’t notice. And that’s okay! In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get your job done, and your own discipline is the way that’ll happen without anyone raising their eyebrows.

Since you’re in charge of your day, start with the block of time that you’ll work. Stick to a reliable start and end time and respect those boundaries. You might decide to never check work email before work, and/or after hours. Having reliable start and end times also helps your family and friends plan around your schedule, too.

You should enjoy that midday break we call lunch, too. Try blocking a full hour out in your work calendar each day for lunch. That way, those times are not filled by last-minute meetings. Take time to smell the roses, whatever they may be for you. Sure, there will be some days where you have to shorten your lunch, or some days when you meet a friend for a longer lunch. It’s important to schedule that time for yourself and safeguard it to the extent possible.

It’s up to you to structure your day most effectively. If you know you focus better in the morning, prioritize the work that requires focus for that time. Whenever those times of day are for you, screen out distractions and be productive.

And, oh, those distractions will come! That’s guaranteed, and that’s what those well-intentioned friends mean when they say they wouldn’t have the discipline to work from home. Laundry. Dishes. Floors. Cleaning. Groceries. The list goes on! If you’re not careful, every day could look like a weekend. Having a dedicated space where you can be away from the visual reminders that “things need doing” can help. Having a process can help, too. For example, you could adopt a recurring rotation of “things that need doing.” When a chore’s day comes up, do it and then stop. There truly is a day for each thing to be completed, and then you won’t be tempted to rush ahead. Plus, if you do one of these during a break in your day, or before it begins, you’ll feel that sense of accomplishment for keeping the house up and can re-focus your efforts on the workday.

Discipline isn’t just about avoiding the things that suck time and productivity from your day. It’s also about ensuring you do the things that enrich your life and bring you joy! It may be fitness, something social to keep those connections happy, or a hobby you’re actively feeding. Make the time and be disciplined about it.

Much has been written about task management. Having a to-do list or a task management system in place can work wonders for your discipline, too. Knowing what you committed to do, and when you committed to do it, is important. Even if you’re only being accountable to yourself. There are tons of techniques and tools, but pick one . and stick with it. You can spend so much time looking for a more perfect tool, but it’s more important to find one that works for you and start using it. You’re unique and your workflow is distinctly yours. Once you find something that fits the bill, go for it.

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Many workers who’ve gotten the option to work from home during the pandemic have discovered something important about themselves: They like it and don’t want to go back into the office.

That’s one reason many companies are finding their cubicles sparsely populated when they’ve rolled out optional return-to-work plans. It’s easier for many people to balance their family responsibilities with their careers when they work from home, especially with many schools switching to remote learning as coronavirus cases spike. Not to mention there’s less chance of exposure to the virus when employees work from home.

But there’s one challenge with remote work: preserving company culture. It’s a lot harder to do that across a video screen than in the office, by many accounts. For that reason, more companies will likely roll back remote work once vaccines start becoming available. That could put some workers in a quandary if, for instance, children’s schools are operating according to an incompatible schedule or they have other caregiving responsibilities brought by the pandemic.

Alex-Wilson Campbell has built a career around his expertise in remote work. He’s in hot demand . [+] today.

So how can you ensure that remote work remains an option for you for the foreseeable future? There are no guarantees if you’re an employee, though staying disciplined about getting your work done can go a long way toward keeping your company happy with the arrangement. For many, the best way to ensure they can continue working remotely is by starting a home-based business.

For advice on how to put remote work trends to work for you if you pursue that option, I spoke last week with Alex-Wilson Campbell, the London-based founder of Remote Work Life, an online learning community for remote CEOs, as well as a consultancy owner who helps companies find remote talent and host of the Remote Work Life Podcast.

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Here are some takeaways from our conversation.

Keep your options open. Many people who no longer commute have freed up two to three hours a day to do other things. If you want to make sure you have the option to work from home no matter what, why not put some of that time to work for you by launching a small side business, such as an e-commerce store? That way, if something changes at your job, you’ll have your Plan B in place. “To me, there’s no such thing as a permanent job these days,” says Wilson-Campbell.

The concept of “window work” may help you pull it off. “It’s segmenting your work,” he explains. “This is what you’ll do for your main job in the morning and late afternoon. Then, section out the work you’re going to do for your business the rest of the day. Even if you’re doing one or two hours a day for your business, after a year you’ll be in a situation where you can launch.”

In the meantime, if you’d prefer to keep your side business part-time and want to hang onto the steady income from your main job, make sure you’re doing all you can to stay valuable and marketable as a remote employee. “Keep your skills up to date,” Wilson-Campbell says. “The digital landscape is changing all the time.”

If your remote work arrangement does change, remember your employer is not the only game in town. “Keep an eye on what the competition is doing,” says Wilson-Campbell. “Network with them, as well. If you are in a situation where you have to leave your job, then you’ve built up your network, and hopefully, you can make the transition into one of the competitors or a similar vertical. It’s all about making contingency plans.”

Focus on addressing a pain point in the marketplace. If you do start a home-based business, make sure it solves a want or need you’re passionate about solving. “If you’ve finished a long day of work, it’s tempting to put your feet up,” says Wilson-Campbell. “It’ll be easier to find the energy and vitality to work on it if you keep that purpose at the back of your mind.”

Right now, one low-hanging fruit is helping businesses that can’t attract enough customers because of logistical challenges, like lockdowns. If you can help them solve that problem, you’ll likely find yourself very busy, he says.

Perhaps you’re a marketer with expertise in helping gyms attract new business. Reaching out to gyms that offer online classes and sharing your experience in marketing virtual offerings for similar facilities could put you in demand.

“Really work on your personal branding to set yourself up as the person who can solve their problem,” advises Wilson-Campbell. “That has to be consistent across your social network profiles.”

Also consider adding case studies, anecdotes and testimonials on your website from the types of customers you are targeting. “That can help validate you as a problem solver who can help with that kind of challenge,” he says.

Vet prospects carefully. When you start a new business, it’s tempting to take on every client who wants to work with you, but it’s important to screen them to make sure they’re a good fit. Your business will only grow if your engagements are successful.

Let’s say you offer your services to B2B clients. “From my perspective, I’d want to get on the phone with the client to understand their business a lot more deeply,” says Wilson-Campbell. “What’s behind the business in terms of their why? How long they have been established? What is their track record in their market? What are their plans for the future, three to five years down the line? You also want to understand their financial aspirations for the business. It’s due diligence.”

If it’s possible, speak with more than one team member from a prospective client’s company, or with other companies that have worked with the prospect, so you can understand the culture better. “Even understanding their competition in the market is important,” says Wilson-Campbell. “You have to have a clear view of what their competitors are doing and the products and services they are offering, as well. That will give you a picture of how profitable and how sustainable that market would be.”

Create your own support network. Even if you are on Zoom calls all day, it can get lonely working from home. To stay motivated to move forward on your side business, consider enlisting a coach—whether an informal one such as a friend who’s willing to act as an accountability partner, or even a professional one. “They can push you,” he says.

It can take a concerted effort to start a business on the side, but once you do, you’ll never have to worry about someone taking away your work-from-home arrangement. That’s worth a lot in today’s business environment.

I've been working remotely for a few years now, and I used to be pretty good about self discipline. As the years have gone by, I find myself sleeping in later (I make my own hours) and working shorter hours because I don't like working past a certain hour. How do you guys get yourselves out of bed at a decent hour (I'm talking like 6:00, 7:00 a.m.) and remain disciplined as far as time management goes? I feel like I need a kick in the rear. I'm upset at myself because I used to be great at this. Depression and anxiety is a bitch, I suppose.

Bills to pay definitely encourages self-discipline. LOL Seriously though, I think everyone struggles with motivation at times, whether you're working remotely or on-prem.

I don't have to, but I do set an alarm for 8:15. Not as early as you're looking to rise and shine, but I'm fine with working later into the evening. I have my routine of breakfast, workout, shower, and then work. Give yourself some sort of structure.

There's nothing wrong with allowing yourself breaks. Breaks really benefit my productivity in the long run. So I'll set a mini goal for myself (work for 1 hour, complete this project, etc) and then "reward" myself with a short break to watch YouTube or creep Reddit.

I also have daily goals for time spent and money earned. I use an iPhone app called Streaks to keep track of those goals (and personal ones as well). My work day doesn't end until I've met those goals. Of course there are extenuating circumstances, but my desire to check off my to-dos is powerful.

Finally, and most importantly, find a healthy way to manage your depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed with the same issues and know how apathetic and listless they can leave you feeling. Find a treatment plan that works for you, whether it's medication, therapy, or something else.

Working from home can pose unique challenges for professionals in every industry. As many companies have learned this year, some fully-remote team members may find it more difficult to stay engaged when they’re surrounded by the distractions of home. Others tend to overwork and lose touch with their teammates without the typical office interactions they’re accustomed to having.

Remote work requires self-discipline, but you can do it successfully while staying highly engaged with your team if you use the right strategies. If you’re struggling to stay focused and productive in your home office, check out these 12 suggestions from the members of Forbes Coaches Council.

Members offer their best advice on staying engaged when working remotely.

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1. Move Your Body

Oftentimes, working remotely forces you to sit at a desk or computer for hours at a time. However, your body needs mobility to function optimally, and your brain also needs a break. Taking a brisk walk or simply doing jumping jacks at your desk will help to get your endorphins moving in the right direction. The movement will help you to be fully present when you reengage. – Lori A. Manns, Quality Media Consultant Group LLC

2. Revisit Your ‘Why’ For Meaning And Purpose

Revisit your “why” and look at what gives you meaning and purpose. Ask yourself what is so exciting about your mission and vision that it pulls you out of bed in the morning with focused attention, ready to go. Years ago, I experienced a chronic illness that made me so horribly fatigued, I could barely function. Feeling passionate about serving my clients was the elixir that fueled me. – Roberta Moore, The EQ-i Coach

3. Create A Structure For Yourself And Stick To It

Be sure to include regular breaks and time for exercise and leisure activities as well. While tempting for some people, an ongoing diet of free-form scheduling can lead to reduced productivity. Giving yourself too much freedom can backfire. Apparently, we’re in this for the long haul, which makes structure and predictability increasingly important. – Kathy Bernhard, KFB Leadership Solutions

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4. Stay Connected Through Frequent Virtual Interactions

As human beings, we are built for connection, and that connection can happen virtually in so many ways. Do a virtual walking meeting with a colleague where you catch up on each other’s life and work. Connections thrive on frequent interactions. A simple five- to 10-minute check-in can make a big difference. Share humor virtually with a colleague. Laughter builds connections. – Evan Roth, Roth Consultancy International, LLC.

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches. Do I qualify?

5. Proactively Get To Know Your Colleagues

When working remotely, you have to work harder to create a social community. Be proactive in getting to know your colleagues. Engagement comes from working with a meaningful purpose and having a sense of belonging to a group you trust. Whether you are leading a group or part of the team, don’t be afraid to step up and form appropriate connections and relationships. – Charles Dormer, APEX STP, LLC

6. Start Each Day With An Action List Of Priorities

Structure each day, starting with an action list in priority order that you keep visible. Include what time you’ll end your workday and when you’ll take breaks (or when you will set alarms to do so). If possible, schedule email breaks every few hours so that email doesn’t become your new to-do list. Notice when you are tempted to do noncritical tasks. And reward yourself for sticking with it! – Bonnie Davis, HuWork – Inspiring Humans at Work

7. Strive For Excellence And Continuous Self-Development

Striving for excellence is what we should do to keep ourselves engaged, regardless of the physical distance or lack of thereof. By focusing on continuous self-development and professional growth, we find passion, which will bring us many career benefits down the road, regardless of the setup of our work. – Agata Dulnik, Ph.D., Global Leadership Experts

8. Don’t Disappear

The temptation for many individuals working remotely is to dive into their day-to-day work because they don’t have daily interactions with co-workers on a physical basis. Out of sight is out of mind. Stay in touch, pick up the phone and interact with your teams. Make them remember that you’re a contributing, productive member of the organization. – Scott Singer, Insider Career Strategies

9. Focus On Visibility And Receptivity

If you are a manager or director tasked with leading a remote team, there are two traits you need to focus on to keep those teams productive. The first is visibility. Are you visible and present as a boss? The second is receptivity. Are you listening to your employees’ concerns and suggestions? Being visible and receptive as a leader is paramount when managing remote workers. – G. Riley Mills, Pinnacle Performance Company

10. Work To Understand Your Preferred Operating Model

One size does not fit all; understand your natural rhythm. Too often we fall into the trap of feeling like we need to be always at our desk. Recognize that breaks are good; they can make you more productive. Find your “productive time” and rhythm. Look at yourself critically and be your own advisor for “operational efficiency.” – Faith Fuqua-Purvis, Synergetic Solutions LLC

11. Schedule Social Time Throughout The Day

If you’re like most people, working remotely means sitting at your desk for long periods of time, completely engrossed in work. The distractions of the office aren’t there, and you can go hours without stepping away. When this happens, a “mental fog” can set in, making it hard to stay engaged. Instead, schedule social time throughout the day with your co-workers. Recreate those “coffee pot” moments. – Cheryl Czach, Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC

12. Be Intentional About Building Relationships

When working remotely, you want to be more intentional about building relationships with your colleagues, teams and customers. Make that spontaneous phone call just to catch up and see how people are doing. Maintaining meaningful connections is critical for everyone during this time of virtual engagement. – Tonya Echols, Vigere

Over the summer I worked as a PR Intern for Pangissimo, a tech startup company founded by recent Boston University graduates. My job consisted of updating the company’s social media, staging photoshoots and reaching out to influencers. Over the summer the team and I were spread out all throughout the world, one member was in China, a few in Boston, and myself in Connecticut. Aside from a few team meetings in Boston, the majority of my work was remote.

As Coronavirus continues to disrupt the day to day life of our nation, many companies have mandated employees to work from home. Considering the majority of people are working remotely, I wanted to share some of the tips I learned regarding the best ways to stay motivated while working from home.

  • Create a Calendar
    • Make a long and short term plan. The best way to stay motivated is to plan ahead. As an intern, my main job was to provide weekly updates to my company’s social media accounts. Creating a weekly and monthly calendar is a helpful way to plan out your work and establish a routine. By establishing deadlines for myself I was able to remain on top of my work and provide my team with a record of what I had accomplished.
    • Designate a place to work
      • The hardest part of working from home is the distractions. It is important to establish a place where you can have some privacy. While the idea of rolling out of bed and doing work in your bedroom is very tempting, the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard warns bringing work into the bedroom will weaken the mental association between your bedroom and sleep. To avoid disrupting my sleep pattern, I turned the living room next to our kitchen into my own personal office. This room served as a consistent, distraction-free spot, and helped me keep my work and personal life separate. What will your spot be?
      • Overcommunicate with your team
        • Communication is a vital component of completing work that is done remotely. Scheduling weekly meetings with my team allowed each member to share their progress and motivated them to meet their deadlines. Meeting with your team a few times of week also keeps the work exciting. The best teams are those that are able to collaborate with each other and feed off each other’s ideas. Weekly meetings allow for new ideas to come to light, and for employees to receive praise for their hard work. Overcommunication with teams is the best way to maintain an efficient work pace and keep teams connected during difficult times.
        • Set goals
          • Working remotely requires a lot of self-discipline. It is easy to procrastinate work or miss deadlines when the consequences are not face-to-face. In order to stay motivated it is important to set goals. As PRLab supervisor, Anaya Shah points out in her blog post on effective goal setting , goals should be realistic, specific, and measurable. As all classes have transitioned to an online platform, I set weekly, daily, and monthly goals for my work and personal life. Remember, after achieving goals it is important to evaluate them, so you can repeat the process for future use.
          • Trust yourself
            • It is important to remind yourself that you are an expert in your field. While working at home there are a lot of instances where you will not get the chance to bounce your ideas off people or have someone holding your hand when you publish content or send out emails. Do not wait to get assigned tasks, if you have a creative idea for a story or a pitch, start working on and present it for approval after you have finished. It is important to take pride in your work and trust your skills. Use this as an opportunity to strengthen your expertise and show your supervisors how self-sufficient you are.

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            How to stay disciplined when working remotely

            43 percent of American employees spend at least part of their time working remotely. With that many people working remotely, it’s no wonder one of the hot topic issues in the business world is how to stay focused when you’re working out of the office.

            Whether it’s being productive, working efficiently, or avoiding distractions, there are a lot of tips you can follow when working remotely to help you stay focused on the tasks at hand. Read below for some simple tips that can make it easier for you to work from home and still get things done.

            Communication is Key

            When it comes to working as a freelancer or part of a team, communication with the people you work with is essential. Because you’re not in a traditional office environment, it’s more difficult to relay a message to someone. Working remotely means you can’t just pop your head into their office and tell them, you need to figure out a way that you can communicate effectively.

            Luckily, because of the vast and growing number of remote workers, there are plenty of apps and tools you can use for instant messaging, video chatting, and calling. Figure out which tool is best for you and your team and use it regularly to stay in touch throughout the day.

            Check in With Your Team Remotely

            Checking in with your team starts with good communication, but goes a step further. When you check in with the people you work with, you’re building a virtual relationship with them. You and your co-workers may live on other sides of the world and have never met in real life, but by checking in with them and asking them how their day is going you can start to build a meaningful relationship.

            Instant messaging tools are great ways to create group chats where you can let your team know what’s going on with you, if you need to step away for a moment, or if you need help with something.

            Set Firm Hours When Working Remotely

            The biggest problem people have when they first start working remotely is not having the discipline to sit down and work. When you take yourself out of the structure of a traditional office environment where you are under supervision and others who are there to work, it can be hard to find the motivation to get things done.

            A great solution to this problem is to set firm hours when you’re going to sit down and focus on your work. Make sure you allot time for frequent but small breaks.It also helps to have a space in your home dedicated to work. Trying to do work from the couch or your bed can lead to distractions. Having a place like a table or desk where the only thing you do there is work will help your mind focus.

            For more tips on staying focused and productive at work, check out our blog post “ How to Create an Office Design for Happy Employees .”

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            How to stay productive whilst working remotely

            Whilst working remotely has its benefits, you need a lot of self-discipline. Often people struggle to stay productive when managing their own schedule when working remotely. To make sure you’re able to stay productive whilst working remotely, follow these tips.

            Workspace:

            Not having to commute to an office every day is a huge benefit of working remotely but it also requires you to find your own space to work from, whether that be at home or while travelling. Finding a spot to work from each day is important, as you’ll be able to establish a routine and train yourself… This space is where your work happens. Even better if it’s the same spot each day. If you’re on the move or can’t create a working environment from home then try finding a nearby cafe or co-working space to work from.

            It’s important to have good lighting and to not be in a space where you can easily fall into ‘switch off and relax’ mode. Therefore, I would avoid working from bed and if you do like working from the sofa, then make sure your TV is switched off during your workday.

            Take Breaks:

            If you’re working your own schedule, make sure you take regular breaks. Sitting on your laptop, looking at your screen and scrolling aimlessly certainly isn’t going to improve your productivity. Your brain needs a screen break to recharge and increase motivation. Working remotely means no commute, so it’s likely you’re not getting out of the house, either. Schedule a couple of breaks throughout the day, go out for a walk and if you’re travelling, and in a new location, use that time to explore your current city. The fresh air will help you start fresh once back at your laptop. Keeping your body and mind healthy will increase productivity.

            Routine:

            Having a morning routine everyday can help you increase your productivity. Be creative and find what works best for you. I’m not suggesting you structure every minute of your day, but creating a simple yet efficient morning routine will help prepare your mind and body for the day. Find something you can do wherever you are in the world.

            I put the kettle on as soon as I wake up, prepare a green tea and a lemon ginger shot, which I enjoy whilst reading for 30 minutes before starting work. What’s your current routine?

            Limit Distractions:

            Another way to stay productive whilst working remotely is to remove distractions. Let your friends and family know when your break time is so they can limit interruptions. Switch off your notifications and stop checking your emails every 5 minutes – you can check them just before break time. Falling down the rabbit hole of social media is a daily distraction for me. My phone is set to Do Not Disturb once I start work and I have a 1-hour daily limit on Instagram to remove the meaningless scrolling. If you can do this too, the more productive you will be.

            Tools:

            There are many apps and tools to support your daily productivity and organise your work. Find a combination that works for you: Keep track of your daily notes and to-do lists using Evernote and manage larger projects with Trello. Both available on web & mobile.

            Investing time in scheduling your to-do’s will certainly help you stay productive. I’ve been doing this for years; I use Trello to manage my on-going projects and Evernote for everyday to-dos. Each morning I review my to-do list and rearrange it into priority order. If for whatever reason I am not able to complete all tasks, they are moved into the following day’s to-do list. Organisation is key, if I don’t add a task to my to-do list, it won’t get done as I’ll end up forgetting it or get distracted with a different project.

            Switch Off & Rest:

            Be sure to set your work hours, otherwise, you’ll find yourself working through the night, or at least very late. Once you’re done for the day, close your laptop and switch off notifications. Make sure you have enough time to wind down and get enough sleep. You don’t want to be checking your work emails from bed as you won’t be able to switch off, leading to a restless night’s sleep.