Hey everyone, today I want to share with you the top 4 distractions that I have to deal with on a daily basis when working from home. I also want to share with you how I have dealt with them. As many of you may know I have been a full time online marketer for about 2 and a half years now. In that time, I’ve been faced with many obstacles and plenty of roadblocks that have got in my way along the path to online success.
In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to avoid these as much as possible and still be productive and continue to make progress.
4 Distractions That I Faced When I First Started And Continue To Experience Today
Working from home can be one of the best things ever and it’s everyone’s dream to be your own boss and not have to worry about sitting in traffic for hours and have a boss breathing down your neck. Let’s face it, distractions are everywhere and how you choose to deal with them plays a huge role in whether you are successful or not with your home business.
#1- Neighbors & Friends/Family Coming Over- This seems to be a daily struggle for me and while it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be, I still have to deal with it at times. Even though, my neighbors and friends and family know that I work from home, they still don’t understand that just because I’m home it doesn’t mean you can come over and hang out all day.
I still have a schedule that I need to stay on and lots of work that needs to be done. Do you guys have this happen to you as well? How do you deal with it and politely tell them that you need to get work done?
Here’s how I have managed to deal with this and a few tips that will hopefully help you out as well
I’ve found that if I can find a quiet place and somewhere that I can concentrate on my work then I will be a whole lot more productive this way. To do this, I usually take my laptop to either the nearest coffee shop or I go down to my local library to get some work done and get some peace and quiet. I would also suggest that you turn off your cell phone so you don’t get people blowing up your phone while you are there, or you will be defeating the purpose of going.
This has really helped me out and has helped me be more productive and helped me stay on schedule even when my family and friends come over on their day off and want to hang out.
#2-Social Media- Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter- For me, this is a huge distraction and I’m sure that many of you out there can relate to me on this particular topic. Even though I don’t spend nearly as much time on Facebook as some people do It still seems like I waste more time on there than I should.
When I see some on the ridiculous things people post on FB and it makes me think. Couldn’t they be making much better use of their time by learning new skills that will actually allow them to get ahead in life? Yes, they could but apparently they choose not too.
I have an extremely bad habit myself of getting on there and chatting with all my friends, watching videos, and checking out what my friends are posting( I know bad habit right?)
Here’s how I managed to stay off FB and keep my mind focused on what I had scheduled for the day.
Here’s my simple solution! Just don’t log on, or even think about logging on until you have finished your work for the day. I know from personal experience that this can be very tempting, but it’s something you need to do if you want to have a productive day and keep on track.
#3- TV and or Video Games- Many of you who visit my blog often, will know that I’m a huge gamer and I like to do a lot of binge watching of my favorite TV shows. This is one of my greatest weaknesses and something that I have struggled with ever since I started working from home.
It seems like once you turn the TV on it somehow sucks you in and before you know it a couple of minutes turn into a couple of hours. While it’s always nice to relax and catch up on your favorite shows, you need to keep your priorities in order and plan out your day the best way you know how to.
To avoid this temptation, I simply leave the TV turned off until I got my work done for the day. This has really helped me out and has made me more productive as well. Once I am done with my work for the day and it’s time to relax I turn it on.
#4- Family obligations- Running an online business can become very challenging when it comes to dealing with everything life throws at you and finding a good balance between being productive at work and being a responsible adult. This could include going to appointments, activities that your kids have( social functions, baseball games, or parent teacher conferences)
I have found that the best way to deal with these distractions is to get yourself on a daily time schedule. Just like when you work at a job outside your home, your employer schedules you to be there for a certain amount of hours each day. Why should you change this when you work for yourself?
Determine what time works out best for you to get some work done. Take a look at your obligations for the week and schedule your work around them.
To do this, I went out and purchased a whiteboard calendar so that I could schedule my work around my family obligations. I set aside a certain amount of time each day to work my business and I stick with it.
Here’s My Closing Thoughts
Ever since I started down the path of being my own boss and working for myself It has changed my life in so many ways. I’m always learning something new that I didn’t know before. In my 2 and a half years in the online world I’m constantly faced with distractions and I thought I would share some of these with you guys and show you how I dealt with them, and how I was able to continue pushing forward.
While it’s important to focus on building your online business and being productive, you also can’t be working all the time. This will only lead to you feeling burnout and you will be less productive as a result of this. I’m sure you guys have heard the saying all work and no play is no good haven’t you?
When making out your schedule for the week make sure to include just as much leisure time as you would working on your business.
Hopefully, you guys have been able to relate to some of the things I’ve struggled with in the past and I hope I have been able to help you overcome some of these distractions. What distracts you when running your online business? I would love to hear some of the things you guys have struggled with or some distractions that you are faced with in the comments below.
Please leave them for me below and I will get back to you A.S.A.P
Your, Friend, Scott