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Turn It Off

Listen closely. If the only sound you hear is the hum of your hard drive or the ring of your phone, you've got some adjusting to do.

This story appears in the August 2001 issue of

Now that it's August, I'd guess you're good and ready to go out of your mind-if you haven't already-from wanting to get away from your business and enjoy the summer a bit. This situation is particularly problematic for homebased business owners, given that you have to physically remove yourself from your own home (or at least from your phone or laptop) in order to give yourself a break.

Now, this article could easily turn into one that recommends you plan a vacation, a little R&R, a much-needed respite from all forms of technology and paperwork. And if that's what you need, by all means, get away. But if you're thinking that what you really need is just to spend time somewhere-anywhere-other than inside your home, thinking about the care and feeding of your homebased business, then it's time to make some adjustments in your life.

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