ROUTINE IS KEY TO STAYING PRODUCTIVE 

Routine is everything when you work from home. Get cleaned up and dressed for the day (even if it’s just into clean yoga pants). Make tea or coffee, some breakfast (or drink a protein shake) and settle into your desk. I often drink coffee at my desk (which is now my dining room table) while I catch up on overnight email and frankly, it is the same routine when I go to the office. 

CREATE A “WORK MODE” OFFICE SPACE 

Have a proper workspace - It’s easy to just plop down on the sofa, or bring your laptop into bed, but most  people tend to work best with their laptop and planner at a desk - sitting in a real desk chair. When you go to your “office” (again, mine is my dining room near a window), it is work time. There's something about having surface area around you to use your planner, write on your calendar, and use your laptop without balancing it on your lap - you will feel professional and it helps with focus. (Bonus points for outlets to charge your phone without having to get up.) If I sat on my sofa with my laptop, I know I wouldn’t be as focused at sticking to work routines. Avoiding the Instagram rabbit hole is paramount for me. You, too? Thought so.

BACKGROUND NOISE WHILE YOU WORK - YAY OR NAY?

I am the type of person that needs complete silence when I do any kind of “thinking” at work, just ask any of my colleagues - my office door is always closed. I know that most people have Spotify and listen to “focus” playlists, listen to podcasts, or even just enjoy the hum of office noise - and to each their own! Find what works for you. This week, I must figure out how to work with my children at home and that is a special talent I have yet to master (noise cancelling headphones?!).

OTHER TIPS AND TRICKS

The #1 tip is to set boundaries for yourself. Set scheduled breaks and stick to your scheduled workday. Meaning you can either adhere to an “end time” or a “last task.” And, no working from bed EVER. I don’t want to associate my bedroom with work. Trust me, you don’t either.