- Relatives, Friends and Other Humans
Most of the time they mean well, but for some reason, many people don't think of working from home or being self-employed as "real work."
They always think you're now available any time for long or constant phone chats, solving a domestic crisis or any other "problems" that come up or God forbid, a 24-hour babysitting service. PLEASE!
It's too tempting if you're working from home and you will overeat at times.
If possible, seek out places that have free public Wi-Fi (if you have a laptop) and/or free public computers (if you don't). Get up, put on some business-casual wear and Pack A Lunch (and eat only that).
Or if you're able, join one of those writer's "co-operatives" where a group rents or acquires some office space; still, Pack A Lunch.
The following interruption particularly applies to freelance or self-employed writers, reporters and journalists:
- Getting Stuck or Writer's Block
Don't you just hate it when this happens?
But fortunately, there's several things you can do:
First and foremost: Don't overeat!
Instead, step away from what you're working on for a few minutes, a few hours or even a day if need be.
Take a walk; a nature walk is even better.
Make a list-of anything.
Take a nap. Sometimes "sleeping on it" is the best thing you can do.
Other options are: a little reading and some crossword puzzles.
Believe me, if you're usually brimming with ideas, you won't be blocked for long.
- Chores and Regular Work
They have to be done; there's just no getting around it.
But allocate a certain time and certain days for laundry, shopping, house cleaning, etc.
And allocate a certain time for the writing; set "working hours."
Allow for a few exceptions or emergencies, but basically stick to your schedule.
- Power Outages
The only thing to do here is to just wait it out, but you can take a few precautions:
If you know the storm's on the way beforehand, always try to save any work you have up to that point.
Do you keep candles or flashlights? You should.
With enough of these, you can at least still write out your articles until the regular lights are back on. And if you're caught up, just read for a while-unless it's a really bad one, the power's usually back on within a couple of hours.