There are several advantages to telecommuting. These advantages include working from the comfort of your own home, being close to your family or roommates, and having the luxury of celebrating Casual Friday every day. While it’s awesome to have loads of flexibility, and research indicate that working from home increases productivity overall, it can also be distracting at times. If you are working remotely and you just can’t seem to get into your usual work groove, the following can help you increase your productivity.

Wake up Early: It can be hard to get up early if you do not have to be at an office at a set time. However, it is a good habit that is well worth adopting. Getting up early is difficult even when you have the pressure of being in the office at 8:00 am every morning. However, when you are working from home and have no set schedule, the desire to stay in bed, or work on a home project, compounds.

If you want to stay motivated, do yourself a favor and set a specific time to wake up every day. If you are a morning person, then wake up early. Research shows that morning people are more proactive and more likely to identify with the idea of being in charge of making things happen.

Always remember that not every person in the world is a morning person. If you are not a morning person, you are not doomed to failure in the business world. Other research have shown that night people are often more creative and sometimes smarter. If you know yourself well enough to know that morning is not when you make things happen, then don’t waste time trying to become a morning person. Instead set aside time to focus when you do your best work.

Dress for victory: Getting dressed for work can actually help make you feel more prepared, professional, and even boost your confidence even if you’re not going to see a single coworker all day. When you throw your sweat pants aside and dress up for work, research shows that you are more productive. Wearing nice clothing can help boost your confidence, make you feel more powerful, increase your ability for abstract thinking, help you earn more money, and enable you to see the big picture.

Be consistent in your routine: Unfortunately, when you work remotely, you may not always be working in the same city or with the same desk setup at all times. However, it is possible to set up routines that can follow you no matter where you are. You may be tempted to fly by the seat of your pants every day, but if you do that, you’ll soon find yourself disorganized and overwhelmed.

A better idea is to approach your work like the creature of habit that all humans are. Determine when you do your best work, and then set a regular work schedule around that time. For most, that may mean waking up early, exercising, showering, getting dressed for work, eating a healthy breakfast, and then making a checklist of everything you need to accomplish for the day. As you get into your routine, you’ll find it’s much easier to stay motivated and accomplish your goals.

Use Productivity Software:

  • Slack – is one of the best communication tools for remote teams on the market. With Slack, you can message everyone on your team (no matter their physical location) from one convenient app. You can also create specific chat channels for different projects to stay organized. In addition to messaging and creating channels, you can also share files and add comments to documents. Finally, Slack integrates with several other software and social media channels for increased convenience.
  • Drop box – is a cloud file sharing program that is perfect for organizing your files and sharing large files. With Drop box, you’ll never have to worry about wasted time or jamming up an inbox ever again.
  • Focus Booster – is a time tracking app that helps you stay focused on the task at hand. This app uses the Pomodoro Technique which helps you increase concentration and minimize interruptions.
  • Asana – is task management software that helps you track your projects, view upcoming deadlines, and submit work. Additionally, Asana will send you notifications of upcoming deadlines. There are several other tools that will help you with task management, time management, file sharing, communication, and more. The important thing is to do your research, decide which software will help you save time, stay motivated, and be more productive, and then use it to your advantage.
  • Azendoo – is a work management application available on web and mobile that enables you and your team to communicate, share documents, collaborate around tasks and get organized together. It’s a great alternative to Asana and is ideal when your team is spread out geographically.
  • Pipefy – is a cloud based process management app. It is intuitive, simple to use and allows businesses of all sizes to centralize their processes. It works as an online Kanban: tasks move laterally through the process phases – each phase can have its own set of rules, triggers, etc.
  • Visiple – provides cloud based video conferencing software. It enhances your video experience via any device, any service. It allows video meetings for everyone from everywhere.