Hi friends I hope you are all doing well.  Today I thought I would share some tips with you on how to work from home.  If you aren’t used to working from home you might end up feeling lonely, distracted, or unproductive. 

My first piece of advice is to get dressed.  Yes, it maybe easy to want to stay in sweats and sweatshirts all day.   When working from home you don’t need to dress in your office attire but don’t let me stop you. 

It’s also important to stick to a schedule.  It may seem silly to have a designated start and stop time when working at home; after all, lots of us especially those with the ability to work from home are constantly tethered to work by our digital devices, regardless of whether we’re in the office, at home or on some remote mountain top.  But when you’re working from home, it’s paramount to have a schedule.  Without one, days and weeks can too easily bleed into each other, and you’ll find yourself snacking your way through two weeks of tortilla chips in two days.  Decide on specific times when your workday will begin and end, and when you’ll break for lunch and snacks.  You might still attend to some important tasks outside of your normal hours, but at least try to have normal hours.

You can reinforce the sense of routine by having a ritual that starts and ends your workday to take the place of the commuting ritual. Perhaps the only virtue of having a commute is that it creates a buffer around the workday it helps you ease into, and then out of, the mental space you need to be into work.  When your “commute” is from the bedroom to the kitchen counter, though, the line separating work from life starts to fade.  So come up with something to mark the beginning and the end of the day. 

Choose a place to be your work spot. In a house, this might be a spare room. In a studio apartment, it might be a chair.  When you’re working, work from this spot. When you’re not working, avoid it. Have designated areas where you avoid ever working like your bed. 

Try setting a timer to fence off the digital distractions that are louder at home than in an office.  Until the bell rings at 20 minutes, promise yourself not to scroll through anxious tweets or scroll through Instagram.