Do not dare to miss to first part.
When someone asks you to take an hour out of work to do something during the day, tell them that you’ll have to make that hour up at the end of the day, so they shouldn’t expect you out of the office until an hour later than usual.
Don’t Do Chores.
It can be tempting to do laundry or dishes when there’s a load of them to do and work seems slow. But don’t give it to it during your working day. Chores eat up an amazing amount of time.
Resist the temptation by wearing better clothes than you usually would when you’re working. Not a suit, but something business-casual that you wouldn’t really be willing to wash dishes in.
Have a Business Phone Line.
You need a phone line that’s just for business to let clients leave messages when you’re not in the office. Say exactly that in the message: ‘I’m not in the office right now, but please leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you’.
Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to take business calls after-hours. Nor give out your personal number to business contacts.
This is a sure-fire way to never stop working. Turn off the ringer on your business phone when you leave the office for the day.
With Children, All Bets are Off.
If you have children at home during the day, it can be very difficult to maintain a sensible work pattern. They will come and bother you at every opportunity, because they miss you and want to see you.
They’ll even cause trouble just to get you to sort it out. They wanted to come and bother you at your office job too, but they had no way of getting there.
So what can you do when there are children in the house? After all, it’s harsh to just ignore them, isn’t it?
The best answer I’ve found is to hire a babysitter, who can keep the kids entertained while you work. It could get expensive, but it shouldn’t be for long, right?
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