There are plenty of good things about working from home.

Our hair has enjoyed a break from dry shampoo abuse, we’ve been able to live perpetually in pyjama bottoms and setting an alarm for five minutes before we log on has meant more time snuggled under the sheets.

But while commutes might be a thing of the past for many of us, sometimes the journey from bed to desk is a tough challenge in and of itself.

So how can you stop the burnout and keep your work/life balance in order?

Video conference call provider PowWowNow has five practical ways to change things up:

1) Build little joys into your days

Half the fun of working in an office is the random little moments that make your day. It might be finding a new place to get lunch, a funny email typo that’s emailed around the office, or afternoon ‘it’s someone’s birthday’ doughnuts.

Spontaneity is harder to find in your back bedroom, so make an effort to add little joys to your day.

2) Keep your work space and relaxing space separate

This is easy to say if you’ve got a big house, but harder if you’re dealing with a smaller space. Either way, work on the space around your desk to make it easier to get into a work-ready head space.

Try and replicate an office vibe, away from the temptations of telly or other productivity-draining distractions. Create a physical barrier between your ‘office’ and ‘home’, even if it’s just an inexpensive room divider.

If it’s possible, keep two feet of clear space between your desk and bed. Don’t be tempted to just bring your laptop to bed with you – no matter how cold it is!

3) Mute your notifications

Working from home means you have access to your work emails and instant messaging apps, all the time. The constant ping of notifications keeps us alert and prevents us from truly relaxing. When you’ve clocked off from work, mute the notifications or put on an ‘out of office’ that says you’re not available.

4) Get moving

Not doing the daily stomp from home to the train station can make a difference to how we feel. Exercise enhances your mood and boosts productivity. This doesn’t mean attempt a marathon every evening, but a lunchtime stroll, soaking up vitamin D and fresh air, is good for you. If it’s pouring with rain and you can’t face the great outdoors, just get active at home.

Challenge yourself to do a jumping jack every time Jim looks at the camera when you’re watching The Office or squat every time Alan Partridge does something embarrassing. It’ll be quite the workout!

5) Stick to a bedtime routine

Having a good sleep pattern can affect your daily life. Stick to a routine (even on weekends) so that your body gets into a good rhythm. Start noting down when you feel tired to find the right bedtime, and then stick to it. A habit can take 21 days to stick, so persevere.

6) Stay connected

Office small talk never felt important until it was taken away. Humans are social creatures, and staying connected to others is important. Whether it’s in the aforementioned meme feed, or just on the work group chat, be sure to check in with others and keep conversation streams open.