Keep a regular schedule as much as possible
Now that we’re working from home, it’s very tempting (and secretly freeing) to make up our schedule as we go along. Try your best to maintain the same schedule you had at work. Doing so can keep you on the right track productivity wise and keep you from developing bad habits like playing video games or online shopping during the workday.
Carve out a workspace in your home
One of the hardest parts of working from home is that home feels like, well, home. Your body is used to the home being a place of relaxation and chill time and such, it’s hard to get your mind in a work-oriented mindset. A great way to counter this to find a space in your home and consider it you “work only” space. Working from wherever you happen to be in your house may be comfortable but designing a space or a small room as your “work only” space can you help change your state of mind. When you enter that space, your body + mind will know what you’ve come to do, be a boss and get work stuff done.
Take a Break and Get Some Fresh Air
A big advantage of working from home is that you get to decide when and where to take your breaks. Take advantage of that and try to take a break every now and then. I find walking outside in fresh air can often help clear my mind of mental fog and re-energize me when I’m feeling low on motivation or energy.
Prepare your meals in advance
Since we’re no longer in the office, I have taken to preparing my meals myself. However, I always end up spending way more time cooking and cleaning then I estimated, thus throwing me off schedule for the day. A lifesaving tip for me has been to do meal prep in advance. Doing so not only minimizes distractions like cleaning and cooking, but it also allows you to quickly enjoy a tasty email in between work. Yum!