Wake up at 7 a.m., eat a sensible breakfast, walk back into your bedroom, put on some comfy pajama pants and your favorite slippers, and then walk into your home office and report in. For most telecommuters, a short walk is the extent of their commute to work. When you work at home, your day-to-day work life is a bit different from that of a worker who travels to a brick-and-mortar office each day.
Working from home requires a certain degree of self-regulation. This is not to say that working in a brick-and-mortar office does not require self-regulation — this simply means that because you are alone in your home, without anyone physically monitoring you as you work, you must have the discipline to swim, instead of shamming, and subsequently sinking.