Don’t Mix Home and Business
Don’t Mix Home and Business
Paul landed a new job as a salesperson for a major consumer goods company. He’ll be covering a 5 state area so he’ll be on the road an average of four days a week. Typically he’ll leave home on Monday morning and return Thursday night. Friday is reserved for administration … catching up on paperwork, phone calls and emails, and getting ready for the next week. In theory it sounds great. In reality there’s a big problem.
That problem is Paul’s family and his home life. His spouse, children and even his pets think that since he’s home, his time is theirs. “Paul, can you help me rearrange the living room furniture?” “Dad, show me how to do this, or look what I did.” The dogs want to play. It goes on and on. He’s torn and he feels guilty. He’s been gone most of the week and he feels obligated to spend time with his family. He also has tons of work duties that need to be taken care of. This conflict can create a huge amount of stress.
What’s the solution? What can Paul do? Several things. Fortunately, it’s even easier in today’s technical age that it ever was in the past. It does require some thought and planning. It also requires setting some ground rules at home.
The first step is to do as much as possible during the week. This includes filing reports electronically, and submitting quotes and proposals when they come up, as opposed to waiting until you get back to your home office. It is amazing how much a person can do in just an hour at night in a hotel room. Forget the TV and the whiney correspondents. Most of the stuff is depressing anyway. That alone will reduce the pressure on your admin day. It has been estimated that the average person consumes about 6 hours of unessential and useless information every day. Input that they will never do anything with. (Leo Diaz https://byrslf.co/how-i-became-a-better-me-in-1-year-401966cd2184#.n3sfw3q14 )
Next, and most important, decontaminate the home. I learned this basic principle from Michael Grinder more than 25 years ago. Michael teaches an NLP process to do this. However the fundamental concept will work fine for most road warriors. This requires a bit of tact and planning:
- Set aside a separate work space in the home. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Ideally it has a door that you can close.
- Let your family know, even though you are home, you are “on the clock” at work. When the door is closed you should not be disturbed.
- Confine your business activities to this space. Do not make, or take business phone calls, texts, etc. anyplace else in the home. When you’re with your family give them your undivided attention. The same deal when you’re in the “office”. Concentrate on business. When you’re finished for the day, shut the door and close off the business part of your life.
Things have a way of consuming available time and space. Ever wonder where all those wire hangers in the closet come from? Same with work or family demands. Regardless of how it seems, there is enough time in the week to do it all. With a little organization and planning, you can avoid much of the stress that comes with juggling work and home. You’ll be a better family member and a better business person. You’ll also be more productive, and, a happier person.
Oliver Connolly coaches and mentors sales managers and sales professionals. For more information please go to http://www.clevelstrategic.com