When you aren’t accustomed to working remotely, it can be hard to adjust psychologically. To make the transition, take a disciplined approach to managing your day and develop a few rituals. Schedule a start and an end time for work. Take a shower, get dressed — even if it’s not your usual office attire — then get started on the day’s activities. If you typically move around a lot at work, build that into your day by taking brief walks outside or even around the house. If you’re an extrovert and accustomed to a lot of social contact, make sure that still happens. Ask yourself: “How will I protect myself from feeling lonely or isolated?” and make a plan. And focus on the positives. Think about what you enjoy about working from home, for example, playing music or being more flexible with your time. Remind yourself that even if it’s not your choice right now, working from home can be fun.

This tip is adapted from “15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered,” by Tsedal Neeley

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