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If you are not tied to a telephone, it is still important to maintain regular hours. More importantly, you should have daily goals. If you meet those goals, rest of day is yours. But many people always think there is tomorrow.
For far too many, tomorrow never comes, and things that should have been done aren't. Maybe when kids are at school will work for you, or possibly late at night. You might even have to pass up on your favorite "soap". Don't deal with hours - you're not being paid by hour - deal with goal oriented results.
Working in your pajamas sounds great, and many of offers you may hear state that you can. If I get an idea in wee hours, I may hop on computer dressed like that, but for normal business hours that is simply a myth. Who wants to spend their life like that?
You must have an effective work space, which is free of distractions. You should have quiet office space in your house, which is out-of-the-way, and off limits during your work hours. Treat this like an office. Keep it neat. While I am not neatest person in world, I do know where everything is. If I get a call from a client, I'm not fumbling about looking for information I need. A filing cabinet next to your desk goes a long way.
When you get an email, take appropriate action same day, then file it in a place where you can find it. Delete all emails in your "in-basket" older than 30 days. If they're older than 30 days, they're not worth anything anyway.
If you don't fall into "trap", which many folks do, you just might make it in your own home business.
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