5. Create - and stick to - a Schedule
Much like you should set a physical boundary between your work and personal life, so too should you create a time boundary.
Tempting though it may be to quickly get on top of the washing or potter in the garden, it’s very easy to waste valuable hours.
Decide in advance what hours you will work, and go to your desk at those times - just like you would any other job.
One of our favourite tips is this from Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill - give each weekday a theme. He assigns Mondays for working on the business, Tuesdays for catching up with staff, Wednesdays for marketing… and so on.
Another effective tip is to make yourself accountable by setting weekly tasks - and even better, share them with people in your network. Many Facebook groups have a Monday task post with a Friday catch up to see who managed to achieve their weekly goal.
Finally, if you’re not already, consider using time tracking software so you can see at a glance how productive you’re being - we love Toggl or Tick for freelancers; both make invoicing clients a doddle.