With global lock downs occurring, we are all coming to terms with the reality of working from home. For some, this is great news. If you have a good working environment at your home and are used to a long commute, then you can make working from home work to your advantage. If you are easily distracted and not self motivated, then you may have a tough time coping with the reality.

What you will realise quickly is how important work is to our mental well-being. A good days work gives you the energy and confidence to attack all the other things in your life. Without it, life can be tough.

So here is some advice to follow so that you get the best out of working from home.

1. Stick to a routine: It could be tempting to use remote working as an excuse to do as you please, but routine is important for all of us. Even if you have a long commute that you now don't have to put up with, try getting up at the same time and make use of the time in the morning that you usually spend stuck on a train or bus. Go for a run, have a long breakfast, or watch the TV. Do something that makes you happy. In some cases you might choose sleep, which is not too bad - just make sure you still have time to do what you need to do before work starts. Which brings us onto...

2. Get showered and dressed: This is so crucial to your day. Feeling clean is imperative to being productive and having energy. A warm dressing gown might seem like a great idea, but you'll never be as energetic because you associate this item with sleep and comfort. No need to put the business suit on, but wear comfortable clothes that you'd be happy to go outside in. And don't just bounce out of bed and expect to be able to work immediately, it is not practical.

3. Have a designated work space: Just like at the office, make yourself a work station you can feel comfortable at and is in a place which allows you to concentrate. A chair and a desk is always better than a sofa or bed. So try to make that happen. If that means being in a communal room which might have other people passing through, try to agree set periods with them when you don't want to be disturbed.

4. Keep connected with your colleagues: Just because you don't see them face-to-face, doesn't mean you cannot chat and keep up with each other. If there are group chats or email chains, try to contribute to them even if normally you'd stay quiet. Whenever possible, try to keep a positive tone when communicating through email or chat as sarcasm or dry humour can sometimes be misinterpreted.

5. Have set hours and breaks: Try to stick to a schedule to give your day structure. If you start at 9am, then try to be prepared and ready at that time, not 15 minutes later. If you start craving a coffee, try to resist until your break time. Discipline is the backbone to a productive day.

6. Give yourself a perk: Working at home is not all about a battle to be productive, so make sure you take the positives from it. Some take advantage and keep on top of their washing, or general housework - not something they can usually do during a busy week at the office. Other perks might be a nice home-cooked lunch (as long as it doesn't take too long to prepare) listening to music whilst you work, or watching your favourite TV programme on your lunch break.

7. Do something to signal the end of the working day: We usually rely on leaving the office and getting on the train or bus to go home as the line in the sand that divides work and leisure. At home it is not as easy, but it is something that in the long term will keep you well mentally. So when you are ready to call it a night, try doing something that takes you out of work mode - like a shower or going for a run.

Whilst we are all in this situation and trying to keep positive, the one thing we should all have is the feeling of a good day's work. It will keep not just your boss happy, but you as well.