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March 24, 2020

Over the next few days, we'll be sharing a few suggestions for how to make it work for you.

Terrifyingly, your blogger has spent the best part of twenty years working from home.

In fact, I have spent more of my working career at my desk in my flat than at any office-based place of work.

It has its advantages and it has its down sides.

We will start with the basics for happy home working.

Rule one: get up.

Simple, eh?

Yes, it is lovely not having to bounce out of bed at some unholy hour in order to do the commute which means you make it into the office before your line manager starts getting sniffy.

Setting the alarm clock for half an hour or an hour later is a definite benefit of working from home.

But don't overdo it.

There is a difference between enjoying the perk of a little extra time in your scratcher and indulging in a full-blown lie-in.

Limit your duvet days

Don't confuse working from home with an unlimited supply of duvet days.

Maintaining a routine is important. Not least because you don't want to muck up your sleep patterns by dozing until Loose Women comes on.

Many of the most successful strategies for home working are simply hints and techniques aimed at preventing you from sliding into sloth.

And getting out of your bunk is a good place to start.

Even if it as magnificent an example as the pictured scratcher above. That's the Bed of Ware from the V&A in London. Pic: Wiki.

Also, don't be tempted to fire up the laptop and work from your bed. Beds are for fun stuff and best kept separate from work stuff.

Clear boundaries between work time and space and leisure time and space will help in the long run.

Trust me. You do not want to mix up a good night's kip with completing a marketing schedule or filling in your expenses. Nobody wants to dream about spreadsheets.

Getting out of bed helps you get in the right headspace to work productively.

We'll be back tomorrow with a simple recipe that can be made from ingredients that many of us will have sitting about in the back of the food cupboard.

You might think that you spend a lot of time daydreaming about your next meal when in the office but, for the home worker, the siren call of the fridge is constant.