The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of workers out of the office and necessitated remote work. While many jobs are slowly returning to being in-person, the reality is that the trend toward working remotely is just beginning.For many companies, the benefits of in-person work, such as easier collaboration and worker performance management, are outweighed by the cost benefits of remote work. Leasing office space isn’t cheap, and commutes take up valuable time. Additionally, rapidly improving technology is making it easier than ever before to collaborate from any distance.Regardless of a global pandemic, increased remote work is inevitable. The question is, how are you going to adapt?At DataNet, our staff are spread out across the country and have been working remotely for years! Here are five tips that you can use to crush remote work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance:

1. Find a schedule that works for you.

While some remote jobs require you to work specific hours, many allow you to pick your own hours. Flexibility is great but don’t allow it to come at the expense of the other areas of your life. The urge to answer an email late at night might be strong, but if it prevents you from enjoying your personal time or keeps you up at night, it isn’t worth it. Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. And most importantly, let your coworkers know.

2. Group appointments and meetings together.

Jumping in and out of meetings throughout the day is a constant distraction from the work you need to get done. Maximize your productivity by grouping your meetings together and giving yourself long stretches of uninterrupted time.

3. Don’t wear pajamas or sweatpants.

One of the biggest challenges of remote work is the feeling that you’re not at work. A serious and focused mindset is critical. Wear clothes that will get you ready to attack the day and get the job done.

4. Deliberately engage with your colleagues.

It’s easy to want to simply get your work done and move on with your day. But for many, the connections they make with their coworkers are key to finding enjoyment and fulfillment in the work itself. Taking 15 minutes out of your day to catch up with a colleague over zoom or play an online game with your team will dramatically boost morale.

5. Schedule short breaks throughout the day.

Without coworkers interrupting you, it can be easy to spend too much time sitting at your desk. Taking just a five-minute stretch break or going for a walk can dramatically improve your health and restore motivation.

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