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 time.
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 emergency.
Make sure you set aside a room where you can work. You will always be distracted in the living area of the house.