When the office is just down the hallway at home, how do you avoid becoming a "workaholic"?
Just because the "office" is closer doesn't mean you need to spend more time at
work. A key to getting set up as an effective telecommuter is to find ways to
create some separation between your work and the rest of your life. Ideally, a
separate room at home - with a door that can be closed - is the best way to do
this. If you don't have that luxury, then you need some kind of visual
separation so you can "close" the work area off from the rest of your home -
perhaps a folding screen that can act as a movable "door."
It also helps to set some time limits. Many telecommuters say they won't do
any work after, say, 8:00 at night. If they get that late-night brainstorm or
they remember something they should have done, they can just jot it down on a
piece of paper and leave it for the morning - just as they would if they got
that same late-night idea at home and had to wait until going into the office in the morning.