Clear the Clutter
I organized the heck out of my home office. I cleared all the unnecessary clutter that was distracting and productivity draining. Honestly, being organized is not my natural state but it takes on a whole new level of importance when you are working from home. I needed to make my home office my sanctuary and remove any hint that this was not a place for work.
I moved most non work items out of the room and into a storage unit. It cost me an extra $100 a month but it’s well worth the cost. The rest of the items that we needed for everyday use I moved into a closet. I removed the tools of domesticity like mops and hampers. From that day forward my office beamed my war room during business hours.
Get Off the Couch
I know it's hard, but try not to work on the couch. My girlfriend is an anomaly. She works better from the couch with the TV on. Regardless of how much she gets done her back gets stiff and her hips hurt.
A quick Google search will tell you all you need to know on the health issues related to working from home. Not everyone has the luxury of space for setting up an ergonomic workstation but standing desks are now much cheaper than they were just a few years ago. Many employers allow their employees to charge these to their expense accounts. I've finally convinced my girlfriend to use one and her back and hip problems have gone away.
Stay In Touch With Your Network
One of the primary benefits to being in office is that nothing will ever replace the relationships that we build in person. Sharing ideas in the office is spontaneous and ideas tend to flow better when you get people in a room. There is something about the energy of a dynamic brainstorming session that can't be replicated online. It’s very easy to lose touch with your colleagues when the only communication is online. Set up times whenever possible for a socially distanced lunch or drink with a colleague or industry friend, in fact do that with multiple colleagues. You’ll find that the in person dialogue gets the creative juices flowing, and reminds you of why you enjoyed getting up and going to the office (most) mornings.
Research and Set up a great ergonomic workstation
You don't have to be a millionaire to upgrade your at home workstation. There are great deals that can be had on home office bundles (especially now) for an entire home office upgrade including an electric standing desk, ergonomic office chair, and storage unit for under $950. One of the leading complaints of working from home is back pain from poor posture. Most ergonomic experts recommend that even with a great ergonomic chair you need to sit up right and adjust the lumbar support correctly. The most expensive standing desk in the world doesn't stand on its own, you need to remember to use it every hour. A small investment and commitment to healthy home working will go a long way towards preventing long term repetitive strain.