Need Tips On Working From Home Please!!!

Hi Ladies… Okay… I've been working from home for over a year now… I won't go through the daily grind as I have a feeling you all know it very well… Here is my ONE gripe about working from home and the one I just can't seem to grasp and be okay with... 

How do you really and truly stay focused while IN your home? I always see things that need to be done and I think, Okay, I'll sit down and work after I do the morning dishes or throw the laundry in, etc… and then an hour goes by... 

I have an apartment… Two bedrooms — my desk area is in a corner area in the living room… it's fine… And I KNOW what I SHOULD be doing… or how to manage, but my mood os so much better when things are ..well not a mess… Also, the idea of going to work at a coffee place is always better than actually being there… And I hate being inside most of the day...

Any tips on other places outside of the home where you find working is better? A friend mentioned she goes to the hotel lobby at one of the Marriots here... 

And also, working IN the home… what is a daily routine like for you? Do you take breaks? Do you multi task all day? My kids are (finally) school age,… so I'm lucky I'm «free» until 2... 

I DO make sure I get to the gym every morning, so I'm out of my jammies… but around 10 am… I start to get that fuzzy been inside feeling...

You know you're up early when you're having a lunch salad at 9:45 am...

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    08/08/13
    I know how you feel Jessica. I have been working from home for over 7 years. I remember when my son was 2 and I was pregnant with my daughter sitting on the closet floor with the baby monitor (to keep an eye on the little man while he slept) to get work done, at this time I was attempting to do a phone job (learned my lesson there lol) . If you have a phone you can use as a wifi hotspot or an air card you can go to the park or the beach.
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      08/08/13
      Phew! So glad I'm not the only one almost losing my mind... I feel funky at home all the time and no matter how much I get done just BEING IN the home makes me feel like I've done nothing. I'm normally and active person... SOmetimes I think if I were to do hard labor, I would be happier... (not really, but you know what I mean)... I hate to complain... oh poor me.. work from home and get to raise my kids... so thank you ... I'm glad to know I'm not depressed or anything and this is just something I need to manage better...
      Thank you
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        I definitely can relate! I don't have a kiddo (yet), but I have been working from home for almost 3 years now and it is definitely an adjustment. I am like you.. I feel like I am missing out on being outside, doing housework or something else sometimes when I sit down to work. Luckily I have gotten into an awesome routine of waking up, walking the dogs, and then work work work for a few hours. Around lunchtime I take a break - size up the amount of work I have left and either go outside and do it via the backyard.. or I plop down and bust it out. I am also VERY OCD about cleaning.. and sometimes, for fun, I make cleaning into a game - I give myself so much time (ie... an hour) to get as much done as I can.. after that, back to work! But I don't keep myself on a strict schedule during the afternoon.. I always make time to go workout, make time for a friend or go grocery - I say whatever works for you.. let it. When I first started working from home I was so concerned what other "work from home" people did... but I quickly realized.. they are not me :)
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          12/29/13
          5Sherriel
          I feel the same way....I appreciate someone else speaking my mind...:) I are breaks and deal with my children in schedule when they are home. My SO leaves for work around 6:10 in the a.m.. So I'm stuck watching smallville which I dare not complain,about...do a small workout and start my day....I'm starting up some new things for 2014 and am really excited....I'm glad I joined this site it's a peace of mind...
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          Born: Novato, California
          Current: Sherman Oaks, California
          Birth: May 28
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          We live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a writer, comedian, actor and single mom of two. Parenting is hard. I try to keep a sense of humor about it all and find the find the funny... in what is most likely NOT funny (i.e. boogers, meltdowns, homework, etc.).