While we’re doing our part to shelter in place, the change of working from home can be difficult. The following tips can help you transition during this period of change.

Wake up at the time you normally would for work

While sleeping in and waking up right before you clock in might be tempting, it’s better to keep your usual routine in the morning. Your brain will be more alert by the time you start working.

Get dressed for the day ahead

While you don’t need to put on your usual business clothes, changing out of your pajamas before starting work can help you feel more productive.

Take your regular breaks

Working through lunch might seem tempting while working from home, but make sure to take your normal state-regulated breaks. Not only is this required by law, but studies show taking breaks can benefit you!

Stay in (virtual) contact with your coworkers

Keep the lines of communication open by checking in with coworkers as much as you normally would, if not more frequently. This will clear up any confusion that might occur by communicating through email or over the phone. Ask questions to make sure everyone is on the same page. Also, schedule weekly catch-up calls to make a plan for the following week.

Minimize distractions

If you have kids or pets at home, it might be difficult to focus on work. Make sure to explain to your kids what’s happening and to established specific times you will be available to them. As for your pets, keep them in a separate area of the home if possible and try to refrain from playing with them until your breaks or the end of the work day. Refrain from doing household chores or running errands until your work day is over.