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  1. Nicole Branigan
    Jan 28 - 5:58 pm

    For the love of everything holy, thank you for this post! My husband and I are expecting our first child and our office has been turned into a nursery. I was fretting it, but this post is really making things seem doable. Thanks!

  2. Rachel Essinger
    Jan 28 - 6:09 pm

    I recently graduated from college and while working to find a job, I’m a stay at home mom. I got lucky enough to find one local freelance editing job but that’s going to be over soon.

    I just wanted to say that this article came at a really good time for me. It’s nice to hear someone else express the same concerns that I’ve been trying to deal with and provide viable solutions. I often feel like I can’t get anything done at home and since my husband works full time during the day and expects family time in the evenings, it doesn’t feel like I have time to do work or that if I leave the house to do work, I’m abandoning the only time we get to spend together anymore.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your perspective and good luck in your future work.

  3. Carol J. Alexander
    Jan 28 - 6:43 pm

    Great words, Robin. I do all these things and more to protect my writing time and to have a little peace and quiet. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Chris
    Jan 28 - 10:27 pm

    I get up before everyone and try to get in a few hours of work. It’s by far my most productive time of day. Great read!

  5. Jeremy Powers
    Jan 29 - 1:06 pm

    Noise Cancelling Headphones.

    I originally purchased my headphones/headset for Skype calls. I have found them to be tremendously helpful at other times, though. It sends the message to the rest of the family that I am working. It is a like an office for the brain.

    • Robin Parrish
      Jan 31 - 11:08 pm

      Hi Jeremy. That’s a fantastic idea. Of course, we have a 1-year-old, so I can’t afford to be 100% oblivious to her, but there are certainly times when something like this would be useful.

      Is there any particular brand of headphones you recommend?
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      • Jeremy Powers
        Feb 01 - 8:59 am

        I just use a set made by Plantronics. The set I have includes a good quality speaker mic, and they were less than $40 on Amazon.
        Another tactic I have had some luck with is putting on a blazer or suit jacket. I know that takes some of the fun out of working from home, but it is an easy way for young kids to understand “work time” vs. “play time.”

  6. Vidya Sury
    Jan 29 - 11:25 pm

    Brilliant tips. In fact, I’ve bookmarked the post to read it often. Not being “ATOOTC” and working “Out Of Home” is a real challenge especially as a mother. :-) While it feels great to have my son say “My mom can fix anything” – it isn’t always convenient especially when I need to focus on what I am doing. My favorite way to get more done is to be up early, before everyone else – and I find I can achieve in two hours – what could take as much as four hours to complete during the day, thanks to answering phone calls and doorbells. :-)

  7. Noemi Twigg
    Jan 30 - 10:38 pm

    I agree with being rigid in terms of plotting out your schedule. I also find that it helps to get dressed in the morning or before you start work.

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  9. Brandon
    Jan 31 - 12:48 pm

    Spot on post; as a work-from-home dad myself, I’m nodding along with each point, the last one in particular. Regardless of whether I’m writing fiction or editing my latest project, I try to hit the coffee shop on a regular basis. It’s amazing how much you can get done being surrounded by others but not communicating with them, especially if they’re working too. It’s almost comforting. Anyway, well done.

  10. Rhonda Campbell
    Jan 31 - 4:38 pm

    Loved reading your article! Always good to hear from someone going through similar experiences. Helps me to know challenges of working from home are common and that they can also be overcome.

    I used to work in a room just outside my living room. I had a very difficult time focusing that way. Created my own office and it’s been wonderful! I also work later hours, but want to get back to starting earlier so I finish earlier.

    Thanks again for the tips and for sharing your experiences!

  11. Ryan
    Feb 02 - 2:42 pm

    I realize this may not be for everyone, especially those who have kids, but I was super unproductive working from home so I signed up for a local co-working space in my town which really helped separate work from home and give me the social interaction that was missing sitting at home by myself.
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  13. Amanda J. Barke
    Feb 04 - 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. Its good to hear other people are struggling with the same problems I am. And now, I have a name for it.
    Thanks again,
    Amanda J. Barke
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  14. Andrew
    Feb 25 - 4:25 pm

    personally i enjoy writing from home and today it is so easy to do so. It is extremely easy to get started!

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