How to Stay Focused When Working From Home

IMG_8978-EditOne of the things people ask me more often than not (right after they ask what show notes are and, in some cases, what a podcast is) is how I can work from home. How do you avoid all the distractions and get your work done?

What they mean is how do I not just sit on my couch and watch TV all day? The answer is never what people want to hear. It's simple: discipline.

There are plenty of days I feel like doing nothing, but nothing doesn't pay the bills. And frankly nothing isn't very rewarding. A work week finished, and a dozen or more episodes completed feels pretty good. Plus I typically am taking steps to make Show Notes Made Easy scalable so I can add a few notches to that belt as well.

But on those days when I have no motivation and no pep, I have to reward myself along the way. Usually it's with chocolate, I'm not gonna lie. But other days it is with reruns of Law & Order (SVU seems to be the only one that's still on at least consistently).

Still other days it's with a trip to one of my favorite local coffee shops, or the library or the nearby gorgeous Balboa Park. And some days it takes all of the above!

It isn't that I don't love what I do, I definitely enjoy writing show notes, it's just that I need to break up my routine and add some variety to my days. It's easy to fall into a rut when you work from home, whatever you do.

Now I want to hear from you - when you work from home how do you avoid distractions and keep focused?

 

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