We all like to knock "jobs" and how lame they are. I do it, too. I often call people who work a job "suckers." Not in a mean way. I'm not like that. But in most ways, working for someone else is a soul-sucking and boring existence. But there's one thing about a job that many of us who work for ourselves truly do miss. And that's the fact that going to a job eliminates many distractions. When you have a boss and a place to physically be every day, a certain level of focus is imposed on you. You don't even think about it. It's just part of the job.
Not so when you work for yourself. You're the boss. If you can't discipline yourself, it's really tough to be productive and stick to a schedule. Add in the fact that distractions are all over the place in a work-at-home setting, and the ingredients are there for a disaster.
It derails many would-be IM'ers.
We all throw around platitudes like "Take action!" and "Do what you love!" - and they're all well and good. But it's not always a failure to do those things that stops us. In fact, I think that most of the time it's NOT those things. I think it comes down to nothing more than garden variety failure to eliminate (or at least control) everyday distractions. They suck time. And because they're so common in our lives, many of us don't even realize how much time they suck. We just don't see it.
I still fight this battle all the time, so I'm not preaching from on high here. It's tough to be consistent! But I think it's important that we discuss this and acknowledge its power over us. One simple thing I do in my home is establish work hours. I have a little note tacked to my office door that I'm working and should not be disturbed unless it's an emergency. Think about that. If you worked a job, wouldn't that be the case? You'd be expected to tell your family and friends not to call or text while you're on the clock. Do the same thing at home! YOU have to be the boss. No one else will do it.