Set boundaries and limit distractions – with no one looking over your shoulder, it’s a challenge to stay focused and motivated or to keep others from interrupting your work flow. The traditional workplace once restricted your accessibility, but now friends, family, pets, frivolous screen time, and household tasks compete for your attention. Set rules for taking personal phone calls, doing the laundry, or checking Facebook during work time. Be clear with family and friends that even though you’re home, you’re working and you’ll be happy to connect with them when your work day is done. “I have two phone lines – one for home and one for my office,” a freelance writer reported, “During my office hours, my rule is that I don’t answer the home line. I only pick up my office phone because only clients have that number.” Another helpful suggestion is to set specific times for checking email so that the diversion doesn’t impact critical deliverables for the day.