I try to keep one day a week completely free of meetings and such so that I have the option of either working at home, or shutting myself in my office all day with minimal interruptions (yeah, right, dream on). Note that "try" is the operative word here. But today I was lucky--no meetings, no commitments, no need to be anywhere on campus--and so I worked at home.
My work at home days follow a routine, although this is not intentional. I start by sleeping in just a little bit later. Usually this is because I was up later the night before, because hey, I don't have to go in to campus the next day! When I do get up, I put on sweats, head to the kitchen, whip up some breakfast and coffee, and eat/caffeinate while checking email and blogs. (I only do this on work-at-home days because I try not to check my email before heading to campus on regular days.) After that, I make up a to-do list (because otherwise, I won't get *anything* done) and dive in.
I'm usually my most productive in the mornings---this is generally true, but very pronounced when working at home. So I work pretty much non-stop (with the occasional email break) and on the most difficult/mentally taxing stuff until lunch. I do this because I know that my attention span will wane in the afternoon.
Lunchtime means cooking and bad TV. Since I love to cook, this is a little way of rewarding myself for being productive in the morning. It's a nice change from eating in front of my computer, which is what lunchtime usually looks like when I'm on campus.
After lunch, I work on the less-taxing tasks, or I go run errands since I know that my productivity is limited anyway. I never get as much done in the afternoons, but I'm usually able to continue some of the momentum from the morning. If the weather's nice, I'll try to sneak out for a run or a walk in the late afternoon.
The only issue with working at home is that I tend to work longer into the evening as well. Mainly this is because my to-do lists are often a bit too ambitious, and I feel like I have to work a few extra hours to get those tasks done. Plus, now that my office is all nice and organized, I actually want to spend time in there!
I've been thinking about this work-at-home routine lately because I have a sabbatical coming up next year, during which I'll be working mainly at home. Will my routine be the same then? Or will I envision a different routine for myself, because working at home will be the norm and not the exception? It should be interesting to figure this all out.