After my post mentioning of some of the obstacles I run into working at home, I had someone (who does not wish for me to name them) ask me how I get any work done as a writer. Part one talks about family, kids, and pets, now I want to talk about distractions.
There is so much around us that distracts use from work, all the shiny new books and beautiful blogs we’d like to read, all the house work we’ve been neglecting, the lovely bed we’d like to visit, maybe even a show we want to watch on the TV or online. There’s also the people and pets in your home, the refrigerator, even the nice weather outside with the half-wilted flowerbed that still needs to be weeded. Yep, there’s a lot to distract us and because we work-at-home there’s also no one looking over our shoulders to keep us on track so we don’t slack off.
When you work at home you have to be more motivated and self-sufficient than when you are at the office. There’s more noises and interruptions such as email alarms, mail deliveries, and your neighbor yelling at her kids to come in for dinner. One of the hardest things about working at home is the distractions. And there are a lot of them. So how do I keep myself disciplined and on track?
Remove the distractions I can. Removing those distractions from your space will help. I can’t have my ereader or fiction books anywhere near where I’m working. The temptation to read is too strong. Some writer’s like to have two computers, one for writing and one for Internet and business related work. I don’t have the room in my house or the urge to spend the money, so instead I use the Cold Turkey app (which is free, although a donation to the creator is always nice if you like it) when I find myself slipping back into my unproductive state of Internet surfing. I can sent it up each night after work with a set time and it blocks me from the Internet for the specified time.