Thanks for this article. Would have liked to have been at the scoop shop with you all, but this is the next best thing.
Everyone has offered some very thought-provoking advice.
I'll add a couple tips of my own:
1) Take some time every day to connect with people on an authentic level. If you work from home, this is particularly critical. Commenting on an article or post on biznik, or engaging in a brief exchange on Twitter can go a long way to getting you out of your own head, and sparking some interaction.
2) Get up and move. I work at my computer all day, but if I don't get up and get the blood flowing, I end up just sitting and staring at the monitor. You'll get more done if you get up and move for a while, then come back to your task. Clear the cob webs, and you'll be able to refocus.
3) Sometimes I find that I have to work in silence. I love listening to NPR, or music while working. But, sometimes the news on NPR is too dour, and the music gets too frenetic. Turn off the radio, turn off the iPod, and enjoy the silence (or the birds and the breeze).
Ken Peters | Nocturnal Graphic Design Studio