ESTABLISH A MORNING ROUTINE. Basically, approach each new day as if you were headed into an office with actual people.
CARVE OUT A DEDICATED OFFICE SPACE. Even if it’s not a spare room you converted to an office - have a space that flips the switch in your brain to “work mode.”
GET ON A SCHEDULE. Include sleep, workouts, eating and relaxing! Don’t just create a schedule for worktime. It’s so easy to spiral into a hectic schedule and before you know it, you’ve spent 3 hours in bed on a laptop and have no idea what happened to your lunch hour.
EQUIP YOURSELF TO WORK MOBILE. Do you need some extra equipment to be able to work in the backyard or a place where you can switch it up? A mobile hotspot, portable chargers, and mini folding desks work wonders for a change of scenery. Staring at the same wall can get taxing on the brain and your focus.
IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE TIME WASTERS. Can you REALLY catch up on last’s night’s Hulu episodes and work at the same time? Yea.. we didn’t think so, either. Find out what is taking up your time, tv or a too-long lunch and nix it.
EMPLOY THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE. Developed by a gent named Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, this time-management technique breaks work into 25-minute chunks, interspersed by five-minute breaks (with a longer one midday). Use a timer so you aren’t constantly checking the clock.