Working from home for a day or two can be a nice relief from the office – especially if you have a laptop which can allow you to stay in bed, sit on the couch, or go outside and keep working at the same time.
While this sounds great, practicing these behaviors while working from home for an extended period can create bad habits that lead to lower productivity and a lack of engagement in your work.
To mitigate this problem, set up a dedicated space where you will work every day during your normal hours. Your workspace should be free from distractions, quiet enough for you to take calls or focus your attention, and have some sort of barrier between you and distractions (whether that is an overzealous pet, kids, the TV, or anything else that beckons for your attention).
One important thing to remember about creating a workspace at home – especially if that home is shared with others during your business hours – is to set rules for interaction. Whether that is keeping a door closed, requiring someone to knock before entering, or that there can be no interactions before a certain time of the day, these rules help create boundaries in your workspace so you can be effective and stay engaged.