When your “office” is in your dining room, the people you live with tend to forget you’re “at work.” For the writer, it can be all too easy to get up and leave the “office” to wander the house, check out the fridge for the one-hundredth time, and become otherwise involved in other activities instead of staying put and making progress.
My solution – which admittedly needs refinement, was to put up a curtain and lay down some rules.
#1. When the curtain is closed, the writer is at work. Pretend she is not there.
#2. No engaging the writer in conversation when the curtain is closed, unless there’s a legitimate emergency.
#3. When the curtain is closed, the writer will refrain from meandering about, thereby resulting in avoidance of work, and inhibiting the progress of the aforementioned book.
#4. The writer controls the curtain.
I’m seriously considering purchasing an accordion door and mini blinds for the opening next to my desk, and in the kitchen island area. The only drawback I can see is that I may, in fact, become a recluse.