As a writer, speaker, and small business owner, engaging with people on social media is kind of a big deal for me. But I have a problem.
If I log on to Facebook or Twitter, I get sucked in and will spend entirely too many hours reading Buzzfeed articles and not nearly enough time doing things in my business that actually help people and that generate revenue for my company.
I work from my home office. If I walk into the kitchen for lunch and see dishes in the sink I stop and do the dishes. I’ll do the laundry. I’ll vacuum. I’ll play with the dog. I’ll finish little projects that I’ve started around the house.
Call it A.D.D. Call it procrastination. It’s probably a little of all of both.
The last company I worked for had a very casual dress code. It was casual to the point that shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, pajamas, workout gear, etc. were the common attire around the office. I wore jeans and a different colored v-neck t-shirt and tennis shoes every day. Heck, there was a room dedicated specifically for the ping pong table.
But being in an office, with other people, and around cubicles I still recognized that I was at work. I recognized that getting lost deep into the interwebs was unacceptable. I was at work.
And now working from home, for myself, those lines are pretty easy to blur. It’s easy to wake up later in the morning because I don’t have to rush out the door to get to work on time. It’s easy to get back home from dropping my son off at school and spending the next hour getting ready for the day, reading, picking up around the house, and playing with the dog.
It’s easy for me to log into a social media site and spend entirely too much time coming up with new hashtags when I don’t have a boss checking in on how many new clients I’ve reached out to today.
And then I, like every other small business owner, complain that there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done that I want to complete. The reality is that I’m just comfortable. Probably a little too comfortable.
Sneakers are the Achilles heel of a solopreneur’s work day.
When you don’t have co-workers, or employees, or office space you need something that divides the lines of work and the rest of your life. For me, it’s my dress shoes. They’re comfortable, but not as comfortable as sneakers. Putting on my big boy work shoes helps me remember at 3:00 that the work day is still going strong. Waking up in the morning and putting on my dress shoes is a kickstart that tells me it’s time to go find new clients. Looking down at my feet after 10 minutes of playing on Facebook is my cue to jump back into creating new content.
What are some boundaries you have to put in place to make sure you’re staying on task at work? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.