A significant number of people are being encouraged to work from home over the next few weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus.

But how do you do that? How do you balance getting your stuff done against “Man, I need a break, I know let me fire up Law and Order: SVU for an episode or so and HOW IS IT NOW 2 DAYS LATER?!?!?!”

Allegedly. *Ahem*

We found a list of tips for working from home on pcmag.com.

  1. Maintain Regular Work Hours. Set a schedule and stick to it, as much as you can, anyway. A friend is currently working from home, but also his children who aren’t being allowed to go to daycare due to cold symptoms, so he is being forced to work in bursts around his kids’ needs.
  2. Create a Morning Routine. What do you do at the office that gets  you in that “I’m at work” mindset? Is it first grabbing a cup of coffee? Maybe it’s actually dressing like you’re going in, as opposed to just wearing those nasty sweats that, really, are more hole than pants. Allegedly.
  3. Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space. Live with a roommate? Maybe you are married with kids? Set ground rules about what you can and can’t do. Probably isn’t a great idea if you’re on a conference call in your living room and a roommate brings home his or her gym buddies for post-workout smoothies.
  4. Schedule Breaks. Just what it says on the tin. Do you get a couple of 15-minute coffee breaks, plus an hour for lunch at the office? Keep taking them at home.
  5. And Take Those Breaks in Their Entirety. Especially right now, we need all the mental health we can muster, so pause and take those breaks you normally would. It does help.

Those are a handful from PC Mag. They list out a total of 20, so there’s more good ideas in there so you don’t loose productivity even while you are on the couch.

And now, if you’ll excuse us, Disney+ has Darkwing Duck and we’re about to get dangerous.