Some will most likely say you’re lucky to work from home, and of course there are many benefits, no commute and more flexibility to name a few. However, one of the biggest challenges working from home, is maintaining motivation. Failing to motivate yourself may lead to low productivity levels and poor quality of work.

1. Define your workspace. This does not mean curling up on the sofa balancing a laptop on your knees. Have an area in your home you can call your workspace!

2. Your workspace may only be in the other room but that doesn’t mean you get a free pass for lateness. Set your alarm and be ready to start work on time.

3. Loose the PJ’s and dress the part. Although lounging in your PJ’s is tempting, dressing professionally will help getting you into the right mindset.

4. Create a schedule and understand how you’re spending time. Having a structure to your working day allows for increased productivity as well as accountability to the tasks you set yourself.

5. Set goals. Before finishing work at the end of the day, write out your tasks and goals for the following day.

6. Take a break (have a Kit Kat) sit in the garden or go for a walk. Whether you work in an office or at home, it is important to take breaks and prioritise your well being. Setting breaks through the day and moving away from your workspace keeps you on schedule and allows you a much needed change of scenery, so on returning you feel recharged.

7. Avoid distractions. Switch off Jeremy Kyle, hide the hoover and log out of Facebook.

8. Don’t be a stranger, check in at the office! Working from home can leave you feeling isolated therefore keeping in touch with colleagues, attending team building exercises and events will make you feel more connected and part of the team.