Separating Your Personal Life From Business Life

This post is intended for people that are self-employed. Most of us would like to be self-employed because we don’t want to put up with the tiresome and tedious conditions of a real job. But being self-employed, being an entrepreneur, and having your own small business isn’t just a walk in the park. In this type of work, it can take more self-discipline than a real job since there is no one over your shoulders telling you what to do.

Another factor is that many beginners think that self-employment is a dream job so they can just slack off during their business hours, and that’s where they get the wrong picture when the results they want don’t start showing up. One of the worst things a self-employed person can do is not knowing the difference between a personal life and a business life. If you cannot separate though two, you’ll in for a very unproductive ride.

The reason for this is if you don’t, you’ll be wasting time doing other tasks that unimportant to what really matters and that’s your business. Here are some random things that I think normal people would do that if done in business mode, can suck out precious minutes of productively.

-Watching TV
-Going on forums
-Checking e-mail
-Going on Facebook
-Looking at the latest news
-Turning Skype on while you’re working
-Playing with Kids
-Chatting with a friend
-Going out with friends
-Going out with girlfriend or boyfriend
-Doing the laundry
-Going out to get food

When you work, whether it is for 10 hours or 4 hours, those hours are for your business. It’s important that you focus on your work and nothing else. It may be tempting to hang out with family or friends. It may also be hard to turn them down. But that is what will define how much you value your business ethics, even if they can’t take the job seriously. You’re the only one that matters when it comes to take your taking your job seriously.

You may probably hear people who do make money on autopilot, but don’t be too easily fooled by their words. They just want to tell you that because that want to make work “sound easy” when in fact, to get to that point, they have worked really hard, probably a lot harder than most people expect. You can surprise yourself as well as surprise others to how hard you work as well.

Some things that might help separate a business life and a personal life is work on schedule every single day. Even if you’re self-employed, does your business work around your personal life? Or does your personal life work around your business? If you’re serious about getting stuff down, it should be the latter. Some people work the best a couple hours in the morning, some people work the best late into the night.

For example, I find the best hours for me to sit in front of the computer and write is from the hours between 10PM and 2AM. I can get most done during these times because distractions are at its minimal. Somehow I don’t work well when I know there is sunlight outside. Call me a vampire if you must. Again, even if it’s just a couple of times, you’ll need to find your business hours as sacred hours.

Second, you must trying wearing business attire. I know this sounds silly, but the mind is crazy and will accept thoughts and feelings towards things that you think are real. If you pretend that you are actually working in an office and actually wearing business attire, you may become more serious in your work like a professional would at work. A person who dresses sloppy might make their work sloppy, while again, a person who dresses professionally might take their work more professionally. And it’s the smallest things that make the biggest differences. However, it’s just an idea and may not work for everybody.

When you are done, you can reward yourself by doing the things you had in mind. Making a small business doesn’t have to be hard. It is simple if you can manage your time right. The main purpose of being self-employed is to have more free time to do things, unlike regular job hours. But that does mean that you’ll have to make the most out of the time that you do work, and that starts with separating your personal life from business life.