Whoever they are, they can really put a dent in your schedule, and cause a ton of stress as well. Here is a poem I wrote years ago when we had an "Energy Sucker" invading our space. ( fill in she for he if that is your case)
The Energy Sucker
The Energy Sucker, he strikes by day
The Energy Sucker he strikes by night
He strikes from nearby
And also from afar
He'll be sure to get you wherever you are
Whether face-to-face or through the telephone wire
At the sound of his voice, you'll begin to tire
Your body will be weary, your spirit will fall
When the Energy Sucker comes to call
Be on your guard he is always standing by
To suck your energy and leave you dry.
Stand your ground, with feet firmly on the floor
If he wins the game, you're his slave forever more!
Steps To Keep The Energy Suckers At Bay!
1. Establish a work schedule and let friends and family know it.
2. If someone still doesn't back off, you may have to speak with them personally. If it is a friend or family member, let them know you would love to chat AFTER working hours. Give them a time when you will be available.
3. When you are working, do not answer the telephone. Check your messages and call back only those that pertain to business until your "working hours" are over.
Remember that this is your home business. By blocking off time for it everyday(and sticking to it) you send a signal to others that you are serious about your business. And most people, not even realizing they were being Energy Suckers will respect that.
Until next time...
See You At The Top!