Certainly, it tends to offer a lot more freedom than working in an office environment but, as Spider-Man will tell you, with great power comes great responsibility. Without coworkers around unless you invite some over. you’re in charge of keeping yourself organized and on task, even though nobody’s looking.
Here are some of the best ways I’ve found to stay on task and still enjoy all the benefits of not having to go into the office:
This one’s not always possible in a smaller apartment, but separating your bedroom and your workspace is a good way to acknowledge the immensely powerful distraction of a comfy bed. I’ve had to train myself to avoid “just lying in bed for a few minutes” and waking up 4 or 5 hours later with no work done. Keeping the bed out of sight and out of mind helps a lot.
If at all possible, work in a room with a door you can close. The psychological impact of closing the door to indicate you’re working can’t be overestimated. If you live with kids, pets, roommates or a significant other, it also lets them know you’re working and and eliminates distractions. I’m borrowing this one from Stephen King’s excellent book On Writing, which contains plenty of good general advice that applies outside of being a writer.