We might be used to working from home for a few days, but long term is different.  Having done it over the years it can take a while to get used to but here's a little list of tips that I found helpful when I first started working from home full-time.  Some you will already know or do, others may be out of your comfort zone.  There are no golden rules and what works for one might not work for another so these are not instructions, just suggestions. 

  • Set regular hours as if you were going into the office.  Don’t be tempted to “fall out of bed” and go straight to work.
  • Prepare as if you are going out to work.  It often helps to dress for work and puts you in the right frame of mind.
  • If you normally have a commute, it is suggested that you use this time to do something to prepare for the day. 
    • Go for a walk
    • Do a short exercise routine
    • Mediate or read an interesting article that is relevant to work.
  • If other family members are home, ask them to act as if you are out of the house at work.
  • Ensure you stay well hydrated.
  • Take regular breaks for a couple of minutes from your desk. 
    • Do some stretches
    • Go up and down the stairs a couple of times
    • Top up your water
    • Walk round the block (no round the bend) 
  • Where possible, use web conferencing tools to communicate with other team members.  This helps to stop you feeling so isolated when you can see each other on the screen.
  • Move completely away from your desk for a lunch break of at least half an hour.
    • Go for a walk
    • Do some stretching
    • Relax reading a book or listening to music. 
  • Try to finish at your normal time.  It is very easy to work longer to get things off the list. At the end of the day, make sure you turn your laptop off as is you were leaving the office.