I’ve been working remotely for 4+ years now. I have definitely struggled at times, but overall, prefer it and would have a hard time going back to the office at this point.
For me, the main challenges have been not getting distracted by home tasks vs work tasks, and, taking care of my mental health. As the previous poster mentioned, it’s easy to get sucked into just working/sitting there for hours.
Even just 30 minutes of exercise each morning makes a huge difference for me. There is a channel on Youtube called Popsugar that has great 30-45min exercise videos.
I get myself out of the house by driving to get a mocha 2 or 3 days a week, go grocery shopping, run errands, etc.
I also got myself a cat as a “co-worker”.
It unfortunately makes traveling more challenging, because then I need to take her with me or find someone to watch her so I can go on a trip, but, on a day to day basis - her companionship has been worth it.
You’re a guy, so I don’t know if there is a male equivalent, but I found that literally working in my pajamas made me feel like a bum after a few days.
Getting a “work from home” wardrobe has helped a lot. I bought these yoga pants by Beyond Yoga that are incredibly comfortable, and a handful of casual sweaters. I feel much less like a bum when I actually get dressed - even though it’s into loungewear.
If I find myself getting distracted by “home” stuff, depending on what it is, I either just go ahead and do the task so that I can concentrate again and just work longer/later that day. Or, I tell myself I’ll do that task tonight or this weekend (just like if you had a normal job).
I think the important part is to understand it’s a change in lifestyle and be patient with yourself/allow yourself the space to adapt.
Personally, I’m rather introverted and like quiet. I prefer to work than to socialize with co-workers. As the previous responder mentioned, if you’re an extrovert, working from home could be more challenging.