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Home Business Distractions

Home Business DistractionsLast week I taught a workshop on how to make money blogging. As the evening progressed, I realized that a workshop on how to work from home may also be helpful.

I’ve been working from home since 1987. And I have six kids. And I homeschool. And I have a life. Working from home meant learning self-discipline in a way I was never required in a job with a both breathing down my neck.

Aside from all the bureaucratic hoops to jump through, recognize that making your business work requires you to make yourself work. Here are some of the main distractions people tell me keep them from getting their (home) work done and a few ways to avoid them.

FaceBook – Grow up. You can refrain from updating your status until after your work is done. Tell yourself the same thing you’d tell your teenage daughter who was posting on FaceBook when their homework was left undone.

The refrigerator – Eat a substantial, healthy breakfast with protein and enough fat to get your through without starving. Take a short snack break a couple of hours later. And stay away from the sugar. Those blood sugar spikes and drops wreak havoc with the best-laid work plans.

Email – Set a time after lunch when you check your email for the first time. Then give yourself three hours before you do it again. Can’t wait until noon because of expected urgent information? Check it before your scheduled work time (maybe while sipping your cocoa) and then not again until after lunch.

Television – If you’re not dedicated enough to turn off the tube, no one else is going to convince you. Long term, what is going to serve your goals, business success or another episode of Mad Men? (If it’s the latter, close your browser and plop yourself in the easy chair. You’re wasting your time reading.)

A poker game or other online gambling — Seriously? Quit the nasty habit. You’ll be much more affluent in the long run.

Home business has so many benefits. But they only materialize if you have the will to prioritize your business — in spite of the distractions.

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  • Jeremy March 5, 2012, 2:37 am

    Yes there definitely are a lot of distractions with a home business. Another one is friends and family who assume a home business means that you are always available during work hours. You have to accept that the success of your business largely depends on the amount of effort you put into it. If you are going to slack off, you are basically stealing from yourself.
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  • Alison Moore Smith March 5, 2012, 11:28 am

    Absolutely. That should have been high on the list. People always think I can do things whenever, because I homeschool and work at home. They would never pull their kids out of school to do X, but I’m supposed to leave my kids to do X. And work? Many think it has no priority at all.

    Thanks for your input.

  • Amanda March 6, 2012, 8:16 am

    Internet in general is a big distraction when we work at home) It’s always interesting to check e-mails, to visit social networks etc.
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  • Michael March 7, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Hah! Love this post. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to learn was how to go from working in my storefront business where I could just shut the office door and work, to working at home with all the distractions that brings. You’re right, the transition takes some discipline and restraint. Good post.
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  • PLF March 10, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Totally. When it comes in business, there are nothing to say about time consuming yet their are times when friends and family distracted you in some reason. There are always solution to that matter but to stay focus on what you have learned will be the best way to success in business.

  • Edward March 12, 2012, 3:33 am

    I use to bring in some snacks to my work station and I find it not good because it affects my productivity. As to home business, I think it is a must to establish a work area away from whatever distracts you to keep on working. Treat it like you are working on a company offices. That way, productivity is not affected.

  • Ann March 13, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Hi Allison,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. I just pretend that I am at work, I don’t answer my house phone during business hours (which are 9:30 to 12:30 — 1:00 to 4:00). I try to take a break in the morning and afternoon, as well. On Mondays and Fridays, I take the morning off for housework. But I wouldn’t trade my job for anything!

  • Nada March 19, 2012, 10:03 pm

    At first,i don’ t believe that i can earn money in home base.But one client sent me a request to build a link in diff.social media.And i’m proud to say that working with that is very in demand job 😀

  • Deck March 20, 2012, 3:44 am

    Deciding to go on small business is hard as we all know. There are lots of distraction most especially when you decide to start business at home. Working at home is a business to start a serious one. Nice tips and good article!

  • Amy March 20, 2012, 11:34 am

    This article is right now… all of those things are huge distractions… I only find it hard to avoid internet distractions since I am at the computer all day. I have to make myself focus! Thanks for sharing your advice!

  • Henry Sim March 30, 2012, 7:41 am

    With regards to distraction from social media – be it facebook, twitter, youtube, there’s a simple firefox plug-in called leechblock that allows you to set a block from accessing your specified site for your set period (you set the hours). Working time = profit time , so we must kill all distractions.
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  • Klyde April 13, 2012, 1:43 am

    Yes! That is true. It seems that we are all addicted to internet. Working at home brings many advantages but it does not primarily take us literally to concentrate with our work. Those distractions’ list above are real and I am one of those living proof that working at home makes my belly bigger simply because you don’t suffer from starving. 🙂 True.

  • CD June 7, 2012, 2:59 am

    Yes, probably these are the things we need to consider. I think it shouldn’t eliminate but to moderate it properly. The discipline must always be there if you’re into a home business. Look at the bright and negative side of those distractions. I know facebook is addicting but we can also take advantage of its function which is the social media promotion. In other words, use it in a timely manner. As well as the television, we also need to be informed about the daily news of the happening in our local areas or country and also into the world. Open it by schedule.

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