Get out of bed on the right foot. Even if you know you’ll be working from home all day, get up, shower and put on clean clothes; sweats are fine but no pajamas. Don’t work in socks or bare feet — there is something about wearing shoes when working from home that is grounding and legitimizing.

Get off the couch. Find a designated, makeshift space for your office. A coaching client who lives in a studio turned a tiny walk-in hall closet into his office by installing bookshelves, a chair and small desk.

Break isolation. A colleague working from home recalled not having spoken to anyone for several days during the intense, laser-focus phase of launching her startup. Only when her mother phoned and she felt compelled to take the call did she realize she had laryngitis. Working alone, we risk losing perspective, sounding boards and reality checks. Phone at least one colleague (not friend) a day; go for a coffee or lunch weekly; attend one monthly networking event.


– Dr. Debra Condren is a coach, speaker and author of “Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word” (Broadway). E-mail your burning questions to

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