I have found that school work and home based businesses are very similar in workload. I cannot begin to count how many times I have sat down to write a paper and wound up on a social networking site. I learned a few tricks that help maintain your focus on important projects. First is to make a certain spot just for studying (library computers or a laptop on the kitchen table work great). This works because after a while you will get into a "working mood" when you are on this computer (same trick works for the bed and sleep as well). The next step is to do a similar trick with music (Mozart works well due to cognitive boost). Drinking coffee or other caffeine drinks can temporarily improve cognitive function but for the majority of people who are addicted to the substance it has no added bonuses anymore. These simple techniques adapted from behavioral psychology can be fantastic when trying to get yourself focused in any work at home venture (or if you have children with homework).