When an online home business begins to run your life, everything can get out of whack. But this doesn’t only affect those starting, it can also cause havoc for those who have been around you for years.
These so casual but most apparent ways are always the easiest to take care of early on. Leave it too late, and they become a natural part of you, which then become hard to shake.
Back when I was working as a business consultant these are the ones I noticed the most happening among self-employed individuals.
From now on I may use ‘you,’ but don’t take it personally as it most definitely might not mean you, but then it could, which means it may cause a revelation to come through.
You spend at least 20 hours a day on the computer
Can you even imagine spending this much time on a computer? I get a backache, plus all sorts of other aches. I’ve had a severe illness (cancer) in the past. So sitting idle for 20 hours at a time would just be way too much for me.
Break-it up, go for a walk. If that is not an option, run up and down your stairs for about 15 minutes.
At the very least you are breaking up the monotony of sitting there while staring your computer. Who knows what new ideas you may have pop into your head while rejuvenating yourself.
The family complains they don’t see you anymore
If you are married you may already have a resentful spouse; if you are single then you may have resentful friends, vice versa with the kids…
Of your course, you want to be successful, but this shouldn’t mean it should cut into your family/friends time. Okay so you might make it to the top, but what you are going to do up there sitting all alone.
Although some business minded people think of nothing else, their sole focus is only their business. But remember the people around you need attention as well or otherwise, the risk of losing them can be significant.
Karma is real…you ignore them now, they will ignore you later!
After you drop your kids at school or running some other errand, you come home to find your dog heading straight for your office
Yep, the dog knows exactly where you are going. He/she is so in tune with your habits you may even find him/her sitting by the door or even in your office.
Of course, this may provide you with some companionship when your pet is there waiting for you. These beautiful creatures are smart; they start to realize what you are placing importance on really fast.
Step back to see if your pet places importance on this behavior. If so then it’s time to reassess what is important.
You find out three months later that your favorite celebrity couple is divorced
You are probably thinking why is Jag mentioning this. I say this because reading about celebrity lives is interesting to me. I have to break up the boredom somehow, that happens by reading about others online.
Hey, I’m human after all!
If something happens to your favorite celebrity without you knowing about it, say until three months later. It most likely means you are behind times, an excellent indication that your business has now totally consumed you.
Your office chair has your butt groove in it; it’s only been a month since you bought it
This most likely means you are not just sitting in your chair, but you also may be falling asleep in it. If you notice drool dripping down the side of your mouth, it’s time to take back control.
Heck, even the chair knows what you are going to do with your day, it creates a spot to match your body.
This is a perfect time, still early in the game to figure out what you want going forward. Plus maybe you need a new chair which will create less stress on your body.
You hit a plateau with no gains being made
Yep, this happens quite often. Right at the beginning when we start something, we are full of ideas.
Oh, I could write about this, I could write about that and so on…
In the beginning, it’s all about focus and intention to make things happen. It’s that same focus and purpose which escapes at a moments notice. Our brain becomes so consumed with coming up with ideas, that overload takes over pretty fast.
Have you ever noticed how a computer gets overloaded, that it shuts down?
Well, our brain is the same way. Only the mechanics are different, but a computer can be rebooted right away, our brain not so much.
It needs a break!
Your tummy is getting in the way of you reaching your computer keys
This is a real thing, and it happens. Back in the day when I was a personal trainer, you wouldn’t believe how many of my clients were owners of home-based businesses.
Most of them would complain about how their overall appearance changed when they started working from home.
No surprise there, it’s probably the time they gave up on their appearance to focus solely on their home-based business.
Haha…My Personal Training Days
No one makes plans with you anymore
Do you know why no one makes plans with you anymore?
Most likely because they know that you’re going to bail out on them, make one excuse or another. Eventually what happens with these types of people is that they start getting left out of things left and right.
Although your neighbor may be planning a BBQ, you will not find out about it until you smell the steaks or whatever they are barbequing on their BBQ. That’s when the hurt feelings start to come in.
Maybe you even start to wonder what’s wrong with you, that you’re not being invited to get-togethers anymore. That would be the time to focus back on when you were invited; and what was your excuse.
You get angry with the one who is working for you, which is yourself
This could be the most detrimental element to having success online. You are working only with yourself all day long. You’re the boss as well as the employee.
As you know, most bosses take their aggression or anger out on their employee. So who’s going to bear the brunt of your anger, most likely yourself.
Okay, so this is important!
Give your employee a break that he/she deserves. Don’t make them overwork to the point where they hate you. If you ever worked for another person in your life where you were required to work overtime to the point of exhaustion, well then you know the angry feelings I’m talking about.
Where once you were raring to go, now you make excuses
There was a time where you were up and ready to work. At that time it was a choice, now it feels like it’s not a choice anymore, so you find yourself making excuses to get away.
Excuses can come in the most mundane ways, even boring news sites will get you excited because there exists something else you can put your focus on.
Don’t become a boring or fake newsreader. Step away genuinely without an excuse, give yourself a mental break that you deserve. Then gauge how it feels to come back to work.
When overexcitement hits and you don’t know what to do with it
Overexcitement can come at the most inopportune times. Now if it strikes at the right time, you know exactly what to do with it. But if you have been focusing on something 24/7 the overexcitement can cause some real damage.
Because you will be beating up yourself later at not taking advantage of what brought the excitement in. Too bad the next day it will most likely have stepped away from your mind.
Don’t you hate it when you try to jog your memory of what you were trying to say, but it just won’t come back?
That’s what happens when overexcitement comes in. Just as quickly as it comes, it steps away. This is also the time when creativity remains creativity, without action being taken on it.
Seriously those creative ideas could be what propels you forward, but sadly because you didn’t take a break, now those ideas remain ideas.
The sun is shining, but you can’t see it
This is the time when people are so focused on their business that they genuinely can’t see the sun.
How sad is that?
Were so focused sometimes on making things right with our home-based business, that the little things become so inconsequential that we don’t even see them anymore.
This also means that you’re locked up in your home office way too long. If you notice that your skin is getting paler than usual, step out into the sun and get some good vitamin D.
The present moment is becoming a vague memory
Many times home-based business owners are so focused on the future of their business that they start to forget what the present moment means to them.
Remember the saying, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” It rings very accurately here.
You have no idea what your tomorrow holds. Learn to live in the present moment that is truly what matters right now.
Who knows maybe you decide that you are not going to do this online thing anymore, so all that work you spent working on it has no meaning anymore.
Don’t let that happen! Stay focused on growing your business, but never let the present get away from you. For real the present is a gift which once gone does not return.
Make the present moment count!
These so casual but obvious ways can become a real hindrance to your online home business, but only if you let them. Take care of them before they care of you.
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Sound off in comments below if you recognize any of these online home business symptoms in yourself.