When you work from home, it’s an easy habit to roll out of bed in the morning and instantly clock in. To begin your work day while you’re still pulling sleep boogers out of your eyes.
You need to get out. Literally. Put on your shoes and leave your home. Do this every morning as soon as you get up. (If you’re vain like me, you can put on some lipstick first.)
Where you go doesn’t really matter. The mailbox? The cafe around the block? Your driveway where you do 50 star jumps? All fine choices. But it is the act of coming back home and entering your workspace that makes this ritual so worthwhile. When you step into your office with your body, even if that office is a tiny converted closet in your bedroom, your mind understands that it’s work time.
Do what you need to do to flee. Wake up a bit earlier. Pretend your house is burning. Get rid of the coffee in your kitchen and force yourself to go out and get some. Set your alarm clock to play the Chariots of Fire theme song. Just go.
And then come back. Hello, there. Welcome to work.