There are things you should share, admittedly. Cookies, for one thing, especially if you live near me. The TV remote. Doing the chores. But it’s worth your while to have your own work space that you don’t share with anybody. After all, who wants to get all set up and spread out on the dining room table, work for a couple of hours, pack it up long enough to eat a meal, and then spread out again? It lacks efficiency, to say the least.
I’m of the opinion that every freelancer should have their own workspace. Yes, I mean you! Now, I’m not suggesting that you have to rent office space, or buy a fancy desk or anything.* If you work out of your home, take over a corner or a closet. You need a table of some sort and a chair. I also advocate a filing cabinet — but it can be one of those plastic crates with folders, as long as you have a place to stick your paperwork. If you work primarily on a computer, stick it in there.
Now, here’s the important part: this is your office! Feel free to tell significant others, children, pets, the cable guy, your mother and anyone else interested that you are unavailable when you’re in your office. You’re working.
The mental distinction between my bedroom and my office is enough to help keep me on task when I’m supposed to be working. In the bedroom, I’m worrying about doing laundry and other household chores. Here, in my office, I’m focused on writing and getting paid.
*For the record, I love my desk — it’s a big piece of wood on top of two old filing cabinets I may or may not have stolen. Nothing fancy, but boy can I spread out!