“There are never enough hours in a day!”
How many times have you heard that statement from an entrepreneur (or anyone for that matter)? Mind you, there are times where it feels like you’re constantly on the go 24/7. And then there are times where there’s a lull in your workflow, yet you still use the extra time to get ahead on other projects instead of taking time for yourself. It is an ongoing and demanding challenge to maintain a sense of balance. I know, sometimes it’s easier said than done. However, what do you do once you reach a crisis point? How do you bounce back to an even keel?
Unlike your typical nine to five, entrepreneurial life can draw you into a 24 hour cycle, if you you’re not completely on guard. I know of business owners who allow themselves to be on call at all hours of the day, but get more than they bargained for when their client decides to call after hours. Or what about those who feel that they have to work every minute of the day in order to succeed? These situations can have you skidding down a slippery slope at a rapid pace.
Are you diligent about setting aside personal time for yourself? If not, this could lead to quick burnout and can put your health at risk. Many can attest that it’s not worth the stress and turmoil. Do you make a conscious effort to take vacation or hire assistance when needed? Even though the old adage is “if you want something done right, it’s best to do it yourself,” asking for help can go a long way personally, and business-wise.
Mental recharge: As stated above, taking time off is essential for self-care and recharging. Do you exercise or meditate? When was the last time you blocked off an afternoon or took a day off? Maybe it’s time.
Time for yourself: That island with orange-hued sunsets and jet black sand that you’ve been eyeing? It’s ready for you! Maybe it’s time to schedule that elusive vacation you’ve been meaning to take. Don’t ever feel guilty about doing what’s best for you – you should always come first. Reward yourself! It will all reflect beneficially upon your business as you progress.
Scheduling and Time Management: I previously shared a few tidbits about Time Management on these pages. While time and tide waits for no man, we can do our due diligence to try and plan our time accordingly. If you don’t have to work the entire day, don’t do so. There is no one written rule that states how your hours are set. On the contrary, flexibility is one of the advantages of entrepreneurship. Use it wisely!
All of the above recommendations are just that – recommendations. Where some ideas and adjustments may work for some, they may not work for others. Do remember that our individual needs differ. It is most important to seek out what works for you and your business in the here and now, as well as in the long run. But do make sure to take the necessary steps in the right direction to keep the scale balanced.