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Working at home is not always as easy as people with "normal" jobs might think. There are hundreds of distractions home workers must struggle against. Whether it's your screaming kids and telemarketers or just constant hunger pains from knowing refrigerator is just behind you. Only most diligent worker will get any work done at all.
So what do freelancers do to stay productive in their home office? They either lock themselves in their rooms chained to a desk or follow a few guidelines.
**Home Office Design - Home office design should never be overlooked. If you decide to just simply place your computer on kitchen counter, expect to raid refrigerator every 15 minutes, wash dishes, mop floor, and wipe counters. You need to understand that a home and a home office serve different purposes. When you design your home office, try to keep them as distinct as possible.
**Dress For Occasion - You have seen this cause and effect before in school children. Dress a child up nice and their behavior changes for better. If you wear sweatpants and a ripped t-shirt you will feel like just lounging around. Try dressing up in work clothing. Dressing in work clothes creates a professional atmosphere. Plus, would you vegitate on couch in a dress?
**Create Schedules - Work from home changes set 9 to 5 schedule. When you work at home you could easily find yourself working till 2 AM every morning. Your schedule might evolve around family commitments, for example, if your child is young and needs a lot of attention, you might find yourself working around naps. Set milestones for yourself to reach on a daily basis. Establishing your priorities and goals are your responsibility. Setting a schedule for yourself with established goals will provide framework for a more productive office.