Remote internships are gaining popularity with each season. These are even more prevalent during the academic year, when remote interns can work on their own time in between classes. While there are many benefits to working from home, the temptations are obvious. With Netflix and friends beckoning, it is important to keep focused and productive when you’ve set aside time strictly for work.
Establish a routine: Just like you have a classroom and office routine, you should employ the same practices when working from home. Start your day by checking your email or another small task to set the stage for an efficient few hours of work.
Find your own “office”: If you know you won’t be able to get any productive work done lying in your bed, establish an “office” elsewhere. Whether it’s your dining room or even a coffee shop, have a set space for work that is separate from the rest of your house.
Unplug from social media: When working remotely, be sure that time is spent working. Log out of Twitter and Facebook and turn off your phone if need be. The fewer distractions, the better. This helps ensure that the quality of work you’re producing at home is the same as it would be in an office environment.
Check it off: Start each day by writing down (or typing) a list of goals you want to accomplish by the end of the day. If you find yourself distracted by things at home, take another look at your list as a reminder of what needs to get done by the end of the day.
Don’t use a remote internship as an excuse to not produce your best possible work. These habits can help you stay goal-oriented and focused when the outside world threatens your work ethic. Visit Creative Market (bit.ly/1qbZYyv) for even more tips on being a great intern from home.