Facebook is the devil. I'm not gonna lie. It is the hulking heavyweight in a long list of distractions that permeate my day. And, to be honest, I sometimes invite these distractions in a self-sabotaging, fear-based montage of "imposter syndrome". You know what I'm talking about.... all those icky self-doubt shadows that ride the shoulder of every creative individual ever, throughout the entire history of creative individuals.
But it's not just Facebook that throws my work and productivity off balance. It's suddenly needing to clean my oven at 4pm on a Thursday, when it was just cleaned on Tuesday. It's re-organizing my bead trays for the umpteenth time this month. It's paying bills and grocery shopping and visiting the in-laws and birthday parties and graduations. And it's also every other hobby I can conceive of, with which to procrastinate.
Finding balance when working from home is, to say the least, challenging. So here are some tips I've learned during my five years in business for myself:
If you have tips or tricks for balancing your business and home life, I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
6/27/2017 09:45:48 pm
Thank you for sharing. I have been trying so hard to write my first tutorial and there have been so many things that have delayed this process. I had never written one and I have taken so many pictures and tried so many different ways but finally feel that I might have something that will help teach the process. I found that I had to step away from the computer because of all the distractions, but at the same time I feel so out of touch because I have been away for so long... I also set to much to get done and feeling like I have disappointed myself and my family because I thought I should have been finished by now. It is a true learning journey and hopefully the next one that I write will not take as long. I am now traveling down the path so I do not feel so lost as how to do it again. Thank you for all your assistance in this process and I am eternally grateful.
7/4/2017 10:42:33 am
All great points. Eons ago, when I worked, the first lesson I learned towards a stress free day is to make your bed as soon as you get up. Little things like this build up throughout the day, preying in the back of your mind thus prohibiting you from giving 100% to your job.
7/5/2017 11:08:31 pm
I struggle with this daily. I am ADHD and start a project...squirrel.. the laundry needs......something shiny.......look at those dishes.....what was I doin.......and I have a cross stitch project I've been working on for 30 yrs and it still isn't finished. I NEED the structure but I can't stick with it. I have multiple projects in zipper bags and carry them with me when babysitting my grandchildren, but never seem to get them out. My son says my bag is my security blanket! haha
7/6/2017 12:01:56 am
Wow, i know all this and never do it. Well I need to. I am watching my granddaughter for the summer (she is 7) so between her interruptions, the dog, tv and yes, fb too, My days are a total wreck. I pick something up to work on then set it down, then lose interest, blah, blah.For me FB is the worst because i will start looking at peoples work then think ohhhh, maybe something like this and start something else. I have at least accomplished teaching my granddaughter to make a chain with jump rings. She's a natural with the pliers. Gave her a charm and a clasp and soon enough she had made an anklet!
5/20/2018 07:10:14 am
I have to say that I feel so lucky to find your blog.. everything is so helpful and incentive.. I became to be self-empolyed and work from home since last month.. sometimes I felt excited, sometimes also felt depressed.. I think because I can't find my tempo for this job, it feels so different. Just like you, I was overwhelmed by grocery shopping, household chores, and I couldn't stop checking my FB!
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