When you work at home, you will have lot of things and
activities to distract you. In the house there is much more
opportunities for distraction than in the office. You may feel
tempted to watch the television or sit outside by the pool and
enjoy some sunshine. You may also find that friends and family
members talking to you throughout the day can be a distraction.
This can be a great problem for your work, as you need to
concentrate. Your children will also find it hard to leave you
alone; they will seek your attention.
You have to let people around you know about your schedule. Try
to work when all the other people have left the house. You may
not work properly when your spouse is around. You will be
distracted by him or her; you may work well when your kids are
at school. You can hire someone to help you take care of your
kids when you are working even if it's just for a few hours. Let
your work come first and you will do the other chores later. If
you leave your work to wash the dishes, you will lose
concentration and you will do very little work.
You should ask people to leave politely. Your neighbor may want
to spend some time talking to you or the friendly mailman. You
can let them know that you have tough deadline to meet. This
will keep you working and ensure that you complete your work on
You can disconnect your phone to avoid unnecessary phone talks.
It is not easy to avoid answering the phone. You will want to
know the reason why someone is calling you. In most cases, you
will find that it is nothing important and you will just end up
wasting your time. You can send your calls to the answering
machine and you will avoid gossiping on the phone, which will be
a waste of your precious time. You can even have a separate line
where only your immediate family can reach you incase of
Make sure you set aside a room where you can work. You will
always be distracted in the living area of the house.