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How to Work Remotely

Working from home seems like a desirable gig for most people who normally have to show up to an office Monday through Friday. Sure, there are some awesome benefits like being able to save time by not getting ready for the day or commuting to the office. You can save money from preparing and eating meals at home. You don’t have to see anyone or leave the house - it’s an introvert’s dream! However glamorous it may seem, working from home can be a challenge if you’re not accustomed to it, so we have gathered some pointers to help out anyone who may be transitioning to a remote work schedule. 

1. Find a Quiet Workplace

Becoming distracted while at work is easy enough when you are in the office, but what people fail to think about when working from home is how easy it is to become side-tracked. Maybe your kids and spouse are there during the day as well, or your in-laws, or pets. Even just being in your own space with an endless chores and a personal to-do list is enough to distract you from your work. That is why no matter what type of work you are tasked to do at home, it is imperative that you have an isolated workspace. This could be an office, a bedroom or even a basement - it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Somewhere free of distractions and interruptions is key to staying on top of your workload and not falling behind. 

2. Plan Out Your Day

I don’t know about you, but I am 10x more productive with a to-do list in front of me than when I just try to remember what needs to be done in my head. Something about physically writing down (or typing) what I need to concentrate on helps to give me the motivation I need to get it done. When you can scratch something off the list or mark it as complete, it not only gives you a sense of satisfaction but it also keeps you motivated to get the entire list completed. So we highly recommend going beyond tracking deadlines, but also planning out steps for each task you wish to tackle each day as well!

3. Stay Productive

Having a quiet place to work and planning out what you need to accomplish can only get you so far. It is up to you to ensure that you are staying productive and making the best use of your time while you are on the clock. Put on some music in your work space, energize your body and mind, and start cranking out those to-do list items. 

4. Stay Focused

Staying focused could be confused with staying productive, but in order to keep up your productivity, you need to concentrate on each task at hand. Studies have shown that simply chewing a quality piece of gum for an extended period of time can help to improve focus, memory recall and decrease temporary stress! 
Maximize both your focus and productivity by choosing a caffeine gum! Apollo Energy Gum® has ~80MG of natural caffeine from green coffee beans inside of a delicious spearmint & xylitol flavored gum shell to keep your body & your brain ready to work! 
With 5 pieces per pack, Apollo® is much more cost effective and affordable than a daily energy drink or a coffee from your favorite spot. Lastly, Apollo® ships directly to your door, making it the perfect energy supplement for those currently working from home. 

5. Move Your Body When You Can

It’s easy to end up becoming reclusive and staying indoors when you aren’t forced to leave your house daily, but making yourself go outside - for even just a brisk walk - can do wonders for your overall well being. Whether it is just a break from the monotony of your home and workspace, or a way to keep up with your physique, exercise is beneficial and should not be overlooked. Chances are, if you are working from home, it will require more effort and conscious thought to get your body moving than those of us who have to come into the office daily, so just keep that in mind when you are working in your pajamas!
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