I, like many of you, have been working remotely for many months, and it looks like that will continue for some time. I was surprised not to see a single "catch all" topic that helped share tips for improving the speed of work when working remotely.
Of course, the ideal is that we could do everything in a wholly online environment and have all the latest server and software solutions. But of course, many of us don't have the ideal environment, and still do our day-to-day work over networks that have speed issues, especially on VPNs.
I'm working over a fiber connection from my home, so all the context and solutions I'm posting already assume pretty high end internet speeds - that has never seemed a significant limitation.
So I thought I'd ask: what are your tips for improving speed during remote work, especially over VPN? I'll add several answers to the question that I've found as separate entries, and encourage others to do the same!