The line between our business lives and our personal lives keeps blurring. A recent survey by AT&T of over 1,000 business owners found that 56% thought it was important to be able to mix work and personal business into our daily routines.
Here’s the chart (click chart for larger image):
One of the attractions that entrepreneurs see in running our own businesses is the perception that we can get back control of our lives and our time. We want to be able to arrive at work a little later so that we can drop off the kids at school. Or take a long lunch break so that we can check in on an elderly parent. Or take a few long weekends a year.
Part of the reason for this trend is that we CAN blend our personal and business lives each day. Technology enables it. Wireless technologies in particular, such as cell phones and PDAs and WiFi make it possible to work while out of the office.
The question becomes: does it add to our sense of balancing life and work to be able to mix business and pleasure into each day? Or does it just mean that business is encroaching ever more deeply into our personal time?
UPDATE OCTOBER 16, 2007: AT&T was kind enough to send me a link to the survey data online. You can find an Executive Summary as well as the full PowerPoint slide deck and some other materials about this survey, at a special Web page they set up for the purpose.