Thousands of employees across the U.S. have been instructed to telecommute or work remotely as the number of coronavirus cases across the country near 1,000. However, those who are used to their everyday routine in an office setting may feel thrown off by the change, and as a result, struggle to stay focused.
There are several steps you can take to ensure productivity, including setting boundaries for yourself — especially if there are others in the home during your work hours. Creating a daily to-do list can also help you stay on task and ensure that you’re remaining productive.
“Making a daily to-do list is imperative for staying productive while you’re working remotely,” Paula Rizzo, an Emmy award-winning TV producer, media trainer and author of “Listful Living,” told Fox News. “Distractions happen especially if you’re not in your usual environment so you need a roadmap to keep you on track. Make sure to include only items that you have the time and resources to do that day. This should be a very actionable list.”
Rizzo said it’s also important to consider what times of day you find yourself to be most productive, and if your employer allows for it aim to get major tasks accomplished during that timeframe.
“Set yourself up for success before you jump into working,” she said. “If you know you might get distracted, put on noise-canceling headphones so you can drown out the noise around you.”
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