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I’ve got one for you — if you don’t live alone, those you live with start to disrespect your time. Set healthy and strong boundaries. They assume because you’re always home, you’re always idle. I’ve had to suffer constant interruption from a family member who needed help with this, or that, or one who would just sit by me and turn on the TV or strike up a conversation. In the beginning you may offend some of your family members but sit and explain to them that your 8–4 are not to be interrupted. If you have the room space, find one where you are out of sight (and therefore out of their minds). Put on headphones that play nothing. Make it clear that you’re not accessible enough times and they’ll get the message.

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