How to Hide From Your Family 101

You’re cooped up and trying to socially distance yourself. By now, you’ve heard all the do’s and don’t to keep yourself healthy and sane. You’re even practicing some of them.  So far, so good. There might come a time when things get worse, you might live with a family that does not cope well with stress. To put it another way, a family member or two are could be driving you crazy.

You might be sick of looking at your screen or getting irritated with your lack of progress doing jigsaw puzzles or bothered by annoying family members. Your virtual office might be a mess. Clean and organized are two words you don’t have in your vast vocabulary. Be honest, is your virtual office clean and organized? I’m not suggesting you go on a Kondo-izing rampage in your workspace. You just don’t want people to see you’re online in your bedroom.

Do you have the tools needed to effectively cope with irritating family members in your jail-like situation? In an era of social-distancing, a new and creative approach is needed to survive and thrive.

It’s time to hide from your family.

Here are three tried and true things you can do to stave off house-bound family members. Let’s assume you don’t have a room to use as your virtual office.

TIP #1 Buy a foldable privacy screen and put it behind you. Put a sign on the back of the screen that says “Danger, Do NOT Enter”. You can buy a screen online. They come in all sizes, shapes, and prices.

TIP #2 Stay connected. If your Internet connection is not reliable or is slow, buy an ethernet cable connection instead of relying on Wi-Fi. Ethernet cables come in different colors. You’ll be the envy of your family with your colorful cable connection.

TIP #3 If you’re worried about nosy family members eavesdropping or lurking outside your virtual office, purchase a white noise reduction machine. They have the capability to muffle any annoying people sounds.

Send me an email if you have a tip or two to use to Hide From Your Family.


Next time, I’ll be discussing how introverts can make the most out of social-distancing networking.


Author of Critical Connections: The Step-by-Step Guide To Transforming Your Business Thru Referral Marketing.

The Perfect Way to Spend Time in a World of Social-Distancing

Let’s face it, you’re worn out playing CandyLand, piecing together jigsaw puzzles, and gorging on YouTube cooking shows. You’re tired of adhering to the one-sheet toilet paper protocol.

Here’s the antidote to your social-distancing problems: Hire your teenaged niece and nephew to build, fix or redesign your website.

If you somehow manage to get them on the phone, make sure you’re on the same talking level. After all, you don’t want to talk down to them.  Use powerful words such as Awesome…I Love It… Super…Super Cool. In response to a question, use the word “basically” as many times as you can.  Just don’t throw shade on the conversation.

If you’re using email to communicate about something complicated with your website, expect one-word answers. And, most importantly, don’t expect your email to get read.

A Picture is Worth a Few Words

Tell them to use a photograph of stacked rocks and gurgling water, prominently on your homepage. It is guaranteed to have a calming effect on visitors.

Tell them to find a place to insert a quote, preferably from an obscure 18th-century Polish philosopher. It will add a touch of class. And it will teach them a bit about history. I’m more of a Kramer fan and use “Who turns down a Junior Mint?” as a content theme.

To add credibility to your website, insert a photo of an empty waiting room. No website would be complete without your photograph.  The teens might suggest you use a selfie, glamour shot, or passport photo. Ask the teens for their suggestions.


Time Is Not Money

Here are two ways to handle the payment question with the teens.

1: Before the teens start working, do not discuss how much you will pay them. When the project is complete, surprise them with a gift card from Bed Bath & Beyond.

2: At the beginning of the project, ask them how much they’re going to charge. Don’t be surprised if they say, “Dunno. what do you think?”  Another response might be, “Lemme ask mom.”

Don’t be taken aback when in response to the question of “How long will the project take to complete?” They might say, “Hmm, I have to prepare for mid-term exams, and an upcoming debate club competition. Oh, I’m on the soccer team and have daily practice.”

Now it’s time to let the teens do their thing. Give them a wide berth and see what happens.


Evan Leepson, MBA is a marketing and organizational development consultant. He is the author of Critical

Connections: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transforming Your Business Through Referral Marketing