Working remote for the first time? Here are 6 tips to get you startedBy Marleen De Winter, Director of MarCom and Sales

Having been a remote worker for almost 9 years, I’ve felt lucky to be able to work remote, doing a job I love with people that have become like a second family to me. I feel even luckier now with all the COVID-19 panic going on. But it makes me remember my learning curve way back when – here are 6 things I have learned working remote that may benefit you:

1. Set up and stick to a regular routine. At first, I thought: hey, I can work in pajamas and get up 5 minutes before work starts! You could, but for me, that did not pan out. I need to get up, shower, get dressed and get breakfast (coffee!) before padding to my office down the hall to get settled in for the day. Yes, I do sleep later than most but still. I also have a designated office space and stick to normal work hours as much as possible, breaking for lunch (sometimes) and trying to stop on time and close the door to work in the evenings as much as possible. That said, I have no issue working late if I need to and being home to do that sure beats sitting in an office late at night. I also feel that flexibility goes both ways, you take an extra long lunch to meet up with friends (see tip 5), you put in extra time to make up for that (tip 6).

2. Housework should not and will not get done during the day. My other delusion was, I can quick stick in a load of laundry etc. during the day. Not. Mostly, I would forget about having done that and wake up in the middle of the night thinking “yikes, my laundry is still in the machine.” I now do laundry at night or on weekends like most normal people. Yes, I have more flexibility to pick up and drop off kids and listen to them about their school day when they