HOW NOT TO WORK FROM HOME

I am one of a million Australians who work from home.

That figure grows each year as people throw off their suits, whack on their trackies and pop on the kettle.

And I want to know from you other 999,999 homies, how do you do it without switching on the telly or getting caught up in some other really important task, such as playing Angry Birds?

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Some people work very effectively from home, while others are absolutely useless at it. I am fairly useless at it.

You see, I am not averse to pushing back projects in lieu of spending time watching Ellen.  My addiction to all things featuring caffeine sees me down at the café several times daily, where sometimes I will run into a mate and boom, there goes an hour wasted on whining about whatever needs my attention.

I do not write checklists. I do not have a special computer program that tells me to when I need to invoice clients but I certainly will click over onto any email alerting me to a super sale that is currently on.

Instead of writing a post or researching an article, I will spend hours trawling the internet planning a non-existent holiday to Thailand. I will actually go through all the motions, selecting my seats on the plane and upgrading myself, until it comes down to the part where you have to put your credit card details in.

A credit card that is maxed out. Because I have not been invoicing anyone.

So seeing that I am suitably unsuitable to dish out advice on this particular topic, I feel that I should anyway.

There are seven popular rules to adhere to when working from home, which I list here with my helpful responses:

Rule 1: Have a dedicated space to work

This means a room. With a desk. And one of those wire contraptions with the seven hanging balls which sway back and forth on your desk so you can be taken seriously. Put up a thought provoking saying on the wall to inspire you.

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Do not work in bed under any circumstances. Unless it is really, really cold.

Rule 2: Define work hours

This will of course depend on the amount of work you have on. In my case it is certainly feasty and faminey and that is just in a 24-hour period. So I cannot really define them, but if I could choose them, it would be from 11am till 1pm, with an hour off for lunch.

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