A lot of people want to work from home but during the coronavirus outbreak we’re experiencing now, you are actually working from home.  So it’s important you know, what are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep your work life separate from your home life?

This video has a list of habits that will help you stay focused and productive when working from home. Tips include creating to-do lists in a bullet journal/notebook, avoiding distractions, staying motivated, and battling the inevitable afternoon slump.

How to Work From Home

Believe it or not, one way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting work started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. Otherwise, you’ll prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation.

When working from home, do all the things you’d do to prepare for an office role: Set your alarm, make (or go get) coffee, and wear nice clothes. Internet browsers like Google Chrome even allow you to set up multiple accounts with different toolbars on the top — for example, a toolbar for home and a separate toolbar for work. For software development teams, it is important to communicate with the internal team as well as the client, you can use Google Chat for communication.

You might be under the impression that working from home establishes more work-life balance, but be careful with that assumption. Working from home can also feel like being at a casino — you can get so caught up in your activity, in a relaxing environment, that you lose complete track of time. In lieu of coworkers, whose packing up and leaving the office reminds you to do the same, set an alarm at the end of the day to indicate your normal workday is coming to an end. You don’t have to stop at exactly that time, but knowing the workday is technically over can help you start the process of saving your work and calling it quits for the evening.