One of the biggest factors that keeps me from completing work that I know I need to complete is… other people!
While there are so many great benefits to working from home, there is one huge disadvantage! That disadvantage is that no one else seems to realize that you do indeed… Work!
I’m sure this is something that most of you experience or have experienced in the past with family members and friends, however, I’ve come to realize one important thing about this phenomenon that I’d like to share with you today.
As much as we like to blame other people for the things that we don’t get done, it’s not entirely their fault!
I know I know I can hear you know… they should respect that you are working, give you your space, not interrupt you, show you some respect…blah blah blah!!! The bottom line is that it’s your job to set limits on distractions that will inevitably come your way as a work from home entrepreneur.
I can’t even begin to express to you the number of times that I’ve been working hard on a new website, updating content, or working on an affiliate project and I’d get that phone call…my dad asking me to help him with something, or my wife (now ex-wife) needing me to do something for her, or even my daughter when she’d interrupt me. It’s frustrating!
Of course I’m not trying to be a prude about it, and there are times that I welcome the interruptions, especially from certain people (like my daughter) however, the problem is that I enjoy helping those around me just as I’m sure that you do, and there are too many times when I ignore what I need to get done in order to help someone else with something that could wait until I have free time.
This is a sure fire way to have your affiliate earnings or websites drop in revenue. If you’re not careful you’ll constantly have more and more distractions come your way and it will become easier and easier to put off stuff that you must complete in order to take your business forward!
So what are some things you can do to help avoid problems with family and friends? How can you say “NO” without them getting upset or them feeling like you just don’t’ want to help them?
Set Work Hours!
I just heard the groan…I know lol, one of the greatest benefits to working from home is that you are free to create your own schedule, however, just because you have specific hours set does not mean that you always have to work during those hours!
If something comes up, by all means, change your work schedule for that day and enjoy the time with your family, friends, or other obligations, but by having a set time of when you work, your family and friends will over time become accustomed to you not being available during those times! And those times that they do call and you are extremely busy you can simply say, sure I can help as soon as I get off work at 4pm!
Don’t Use Your Job As An Excuse!
This is pretty self explanatory, but in order to avoid any confusion, let me give an example from my own personal life…
There are going to be times when you simply don’t feel like helping the person that is asking, whether it’s because you are extremely tired or maybe just in a foul mood, it’s imperative that you don’t use your job as an excuse to get out of it, especially if it’s with your spouse or children!
I remember one time my wife was asking me to help her with the dishes and to pick up the house, I didn’t feel like it…at all! So what did I do? I told her I had some work that needed to get done and needed to be done as soon as possible. I then retreated to my office, shut the door, and loaded up World of Warcraft (if you don’t know what game that is, your an idiot! Just Kidding!!!).
Of course, no sooner than I started to really get in to it, my wife comes barging in to make sure I was actually working…okay fine she was just trying to be a good wife and bring me something cold to drink…and busted me!
Needless to say the next time I had something important to do and she needed help with something, she didn’t believe me!
So, if you are being asked to do something by someone else and you don’t feel like doing it, then tell them your grandmother died (for the 30th time) and hope they don’t bust you, but never ever use your job as the excuse if it’s not true because when the time comes that you actually need to do something important your family and friends won’t believe you when you need them to!
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