Take the day OFF! It's Good for You AND your Business
It’s hard to believe that I’d be telling you to take a day off.
I say that because I’m that girl who’ll work endlessly. I’ll fall asleep reading business books on my iPad. I’ll work through lunch and forget to eat lunch because I’m so focused on working.
I’m the last person to tell anyone to take the day off.
However, I’m saying it.
I’m saying it because despite all I just mention I learned the hard way that you’ve to take time for yourself. I mean a real break to recover from all your hard work.
*Let’s face it.* All the To-Dos are still going to be there when you get back. If you’re far enough along, you’ve probably built yourself some systems to keep things moving without you, or you’ve some sort of assistance. That would be great!
Not having a system or assistance is not an excuse not to take a break.
Every week, I work more than 40 hours, sometimes way more. Every week, I work at least 7 days. I usually work 10 days in a row, sometimes more.
If your answer is yes, I’m sure you’ve been suffering from burn out.
Maybe you haven’t really noticed. You’re just tired. One more hour. Just this one thing.
The problem is that when you keep going without letting your brain reboot and your body recover, you’re far less creative and far less productive.
Let’s face it: when we are tired, we are also far less pleasant.
You and your business need you to take a day OFF!
After working 14 days in a row, for more than 10 hours each day, I was worn out. I felt like I had nothing left in me to put out. That’s when I realize something had to give.
Let me rephrase that. That’s when I realized I had to give something different… to myself.
I work many hours on my business because I love it. I love what I do. I enjoy doing it. And I love being my own boss. But there are things that need to get done that I don’t enjoy as much and are important. One person can only get so much done in a day, right?
Think about this. Your small business, solo venture, blog, whatever it is you’re doing is not really different from any big corporation.
Your business is not any different from any big corporation.
Now, I know, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Hear me out.
Your business is not any different from a big corporation. Your company just operates on a different scale.
As a business owner, you’re still required to do all the things that big corporations do. You’ve got to keep track of finances, payroll, employment taxes, federal, state and local regulations, tax filings and payments, personnel, paying bills, marketing, advertising, on-boarding new clients, keeping old clients, etc., etc., etc. The list is endless.
The only thing that is different is scale. Big corporations have people to take care of all these things. A large corporation has systems in place to ensure everything is done correctly to meet expected standards. A big corporation can outsource tasks even if they have employees who could do it.
On the other hand, you might be going solo and having to wear many hats daily. If you do have help, it is somewhat limited at the beginning. You may not have the budget to get help. Many small businesses experience this in the early stages, sometimes for years.
Do you dream of being that big corporation one day?
If not, that’s okay. We all have our own goals and dreams. It doesn’t change the fact that if you’re running your business successfully, you’re running your business as the BIG GUYS do.
If you do want to scale into the big leagues, then why not start practicing now?
You’re the CEO of your life and your business. And CEOs know their well-being matters to the company’s bottom line.
If you’re not well enough to run your business, there might not be a business in the long run — or it might no longer be yours.
TAKE A DAY OFF!
Nowadays, I have 2 ways to take time for myself.
- I take at least one day a week to focus on “lite” work. I check email, deal with social media on my phone, take phone calls but don’t make any, listen to podcasts and such things. I DO NOT open my laptop for anything. I do not spend time thinking about projects or clients unless I answered a call for either; and even then, I make a note and stop thinking about it when the call is over. I give my brain a break from constantly having to think and be creative. I give my body a break from the stress, the wear and tear that business can wreck on it. I get things done without wearing myself out.
- At least one day every other week, I do nothing business related. When you work for yourself, it’s hard to turn it off. If you work from home, there is no separation to tell you the work day is over, and it’s time to relax. But I don’t usually work from home, and I still have that problem. Why? Because there are no set boundaries when you’re the boss. The work doesn’t stop. The to-do list is never-ending. You know there’s work to be done all the time. Unless you make yourself set those boundaries, where you know you’ve got to stop completely and relax, it is not going to happen. So, I take a day completely off. I do not listen to podcasts. I do not check business email. I do not answer any business calls. I do not check social media, at all. I DO get my hair done, and maybe my nails. I do spend time with my dog and maybe go to the park. I do read something for fun. I might meet a friend for lunch. I cook. I do all the things that I don’t normally get to do. More importantly, I do things that will help me relax and keep me from thinking about work.
Since I started implementing these 2 rules, I’m far more productive, relaxed and creative. It’s so much easier for me to come up with solutions. Instead of focusing on the fire, I quickly know how to put it out. I’m happier. My dog is happier. My clients are happier too.
I’M THE CEO OF MY LIFE
Everything is better because I take care of myself. I’ve chosen this lifestyle so that I can live more of my life, not so I can work more — even if it’s for myself. There’s no joy in building something if you cannot enjoy its rewards.
*So take the day off and go enjoy it.*
You work really hard, and you deserve a break. Your business deserves you take a break. And you deserve to live more of your life so that you can actually enjoy your business too.
Happy day off!
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