5 Habits for Crafting the Perfect Remote Work Day
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Plan your morning the night before and stick to your plan.
If a new task comes in that isn’t 100% urgent, designate a time that you’ll work on it uninterrupted or try to delegate the problem solving as much as possible until you have time to deal with it.
Don’t let your skepticism about productivity hacks get in the way of finding a technique that suits you and helps you get things done.
If you’re still having a hard time identifying priorities, try working backward by identifying work that’s definitely not a priority. Eliminate those items and assess what’s left.
Use services that block specific sites and apps from your phone or computer for a certain amount of time to help you focus and minimize distractions.
True balance comes from within and is a result of the choices you make.
Set firm boundaries for yourself and refuse to waver on them. Make it a habit to unplug at a specific time each evening and incorporate a scheduled “off” day into your week to reset.
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