An idea for people new to working at home: “walk” to work.

I have been working from home for years now. Last year I started going for a walk early in the morning and starting work when I got home. At the end of the day, I would close my laptop and go for another walk. When I finished that walk I was “home from the office.”

Here’s what I found:

The walks helped me mark the start and end of my business day. My walks were my commute to and from the office. 

I used the time on my morning walk to gather my thoughts and get myself in a business mindset.

I used the time on my afternoon walk to leave work behind and think of what I wanted to do for dinner and my evening. 

Eventually, I got into listening to podcasts while I was walking. In the morning I would listen to business podcasts – mostly sales and marketing related – and in the afternoon I would listen to music. In particular, I have found listening to music stops me from being preoccupied with work. 

I think it is important at a time like this to be able to separate work time from personal time.