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This year millions of Americans worked from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many still are—nearly 1 in 4 working adults in fact. Some companies have even decided to make the switch to remote work permanent, with industry leaders like Facebook and Twitter announcing they will be restructuring policies to allow more staff to work from home.

For college students and recent graduates who just landed their first full-time job, the concept of virtual employment might seem simultaneously liberating and daunting. It takes a lot of determination and motivation to successfully work from home, and not everyone is cut out for it.

For some personality types, working a virtual job might be frustrating, boring, stressful or distracting. If you find yourself in this position, here are seven tips for making the WFH grind a little easier.

  1. Keep regular hours. Maintaining a consistent schedule will help you stay organized and focused on the task at hand.
  2. Create a designated workspace. If you’re working from your bedroom or living room, you may have trouble concentrating or find that you constantly feel “on the clock.”
  3. Set boundaries. When working from home, you will need to set boundaries on both work and play and prevent the two from bleeding into one another.
  4. Follow your intuition. There are some gray areas when working from home where the traditional rules don’t apply and you will need to follow your intuition and your instincts about what is helpful and effective.
  5. Practice self care. If you find yourself easily distracted or procrastinating while working from home, this may be a sign that you aren’t taking care of your basic needs, such as healthy food, exercise, restful sleep and social connection.
  6. Solve problems creatively. Working remotely means there will not always be a supervisor or colleague available to oversee your work or answer questions. You will have to be able to creatively solve minor problems on your own and be proactive about reaching out for help with larger problems.
  7. Pretend like you’re going to the office. You may not be driving to a physical office space, but acting like you are can improve concentration and motivation. Shower, dress up, turn off your cell phone, and reduce distractions in order to focus on your work.

RecDiv is an online job platform that connects employers with students and recent graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.