If you're new to working from home, this might be a bit daunting. How will I stay focused? What about family distractions? How do I stop myself diving into that brilliant boxset?
Flexible working is becoming the norm, and there are a few tried and tested tricks successful homeworkers use to stay focused.
Here's our working from home guide to help make your home office a productive one.
Get dressed, eat breakfast and give yourself a lift with a zesty, refreshing scent to get you going. Try Fresh Orange Blossom or Grapefruit and Jasmine in the kitchen - ideal for invigorating the senses and starting the day on a positive note.
Write a clear list of daily goals, helping you set priorities and stay focused. Give yourself a regular start time, break time and finish time. This lets your colleagues know when you're available, helps resist distractions and gives you a clear end to the working day.
If possible, this needs a spacious desk and, most importantly, a comfy supportive chair. Ideally, it'll be well away from the noise and distractions from the rest of the house, so you can shut yourself in and fully concentrate.
When it comes to creating a work-like atmosphere, a desk plant and all your stationery essentials are key. Scents such as crisp peppermint and vibrant citrus are thought to help with focus and concentration too, so why not find a space for a Lemongrass and Mint Diffuser?
Easier said than done, we know! Try turning your phone to airplane mode or even turning the wifi off altogether if you need to focus seriously. Set times to check your email, rather than checking them constantly and stay away from social media unless you're having a break!
If you're still struggling, there are a number of apps such as Freedom which block distractions across all your devices for as long as you need to get the work done.
Don't fall into the trap of only moving to get to the biscuit tin! If you're working from home, it's even more important to eat healthy snacks and drink plenty of water. Have a selection of nutritious snacks at hand, such as fruits, nuts or protein bars. Also, keep a glass of water on your desk at all times.
Make sure you take a proper lunch break. For maximum benefit, try to step away from the screen at lunchtime and really get the blood moving with a short walk, a quick workout or an online yoga session.
For many of us, our home office isn't in a completely peaceful and empty house. Your partner and kids may also be at home, so it's important to manage these distractions too. Explain to the kids that when the office door is shut, they mustn't disturb you. Then make a point of catching up with them during breaks!
Try apps that help block out background noise using soothing ambient sounds. We suggest Noisli and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, creating your own little work bubble. It's also okay to occasionally put on the latest Disney movie when you're on a strict deadline!
If you're home alone, it's important to have contact with other people. Schedule a lunchtime FaceTime with a colleague, or call a friend when you're out for a walk.
When you do clock off, try to step out of the 'work' zone and tune back into home life. Shut the office door, run a bath and light a relaxing candle. Scent is very evocative, the right fragrance really helps distinct work and home time.
There are many positives to working from home. It can be a super productive and peaceful environment, designed to suit your needs without constant interruptions from colleagues. Also, no one will ever take your favourite mug without asking, there's no commute and you can enjoy a good book and a scented candle just five minutes after you finish! Just try to resist the daytime Netflix...
We've curated a selection of fragrances to help you work from home. From fragrances that cheer you up, help you concentrate and de-stress, pick out something that makes your home office positive and productive! Find out more here.