Manage your expectations

There's a reason you work in an office -- some of your tasks may be easier to do in a business setting with colleagues. Make a point to speak with the people you work with about how you might collaborate to do what needs to be done from home. It may take some creative thinking and re-assigning. Also, be sure that other exceptions you may have about working from home are realistic -- seek out a few people who tele-commute or work from home and ask for tips.

Set work hours

If you're not used to working from home, the attraction of sorting the laundry pile might be a bit too much to resist. Don't give into temptation! Set regular hours where you will be behind your screen or doing jobs related to your work. Laundry is actually a great way to break down the day -- work between a few loads!

Set up workspace

If you don't have a home office, find an area that will become your work base and stick to it. Although it might be nice to sit up in bed and type away, it's not the most effective method in the long run and you won't be as productive.

Email effectively

Being away from regular colleagues can be a little difficult in keeping up-to-date with important details. Keep your emails professional and to a minimum and make sure the subject line is relevant. You can send a friendlier catch-up email to colleagues at the end of the day if you have a more informal relationship.

Dress to impress

One of the benefits of working from home is not having to get dressed for the office. However, staying in your pajamas isn't great either, especially if you need to take part in conference calls. By all means wear a t-shirt (preferably without stains from sticky fingered kiddies) and a pair of jeans, but make sure you're camera ready just in case there's a surprise meeting.

Limit social media

To try and resist popping on Facebook to see what your friends are doing, make sure any social media accounts are logged out of during the day and the tab is shut. You can put your phone in a drawer to prevent you from absent-mindedly checking what your friend's dog is up to!

Keep your rhythm going

It's important to keep up your momentum and not idle hours away. To stay productive you need to produce, so even if there is a lull in your workload, switch to something else. (That is when chores and children come in handy.)

Set chore times

Since you're at home you might as well make the most of it. In your working day, add in times to do short chores and you'll feel even more accomplished. A few breaks of 15 minutes here and there can achieve a lot without eating into your office hours, and you'll get a necessary break from the screen.

Allow for flexibility

Being at home will necessarily mean you won't have the same regimented workday. This can actually be quite useful for those who might work better at night. If your job allows for it, try and see when you are your most creative, logical or least tired to attack your tougher tasks.

Watch the snacking and get outside

With your fridge at your disposal 24/7 it's so easy to snack. Be strong and and stick to your regular eating habits. On the plus side, if you're used to going out for a snack or lunch, you should save money. But make sure you walk around the block or go outside for a little stretch of the legs and some fresh air.

Be tech ready

If you think you're going to have to self-isolate, make sure you have all the equipment ready to work from home. If your company has a tech department, ask for any advice necessary in setting yourself up with the right software packages, phones, etc.

Play some music

Out of your office you'll finally be able to have background music of your choosing. Play something that will motivate you or calm you, whichever is needed. Whether it's some Gregorian chants, classical music, or even some uplifting songs by favorite contemporary artists, you'll feel less stressed and be able to concentrate on your job.