One of the key things to remember when you are in business for yourself is to enjoy what you do.
Another, equally important thing is to develop the ability to switch off from your business and remember to enjoy your life outside of your work.
That might seem like an obvious statement, but it’s so easy to become fixated on the daily process of making your business as successful as you can, that you forget the need to look after the most important asset that your business will ever have – YOU!
Often when we start up a new business, we do have to make personal sacrifices and put in extra hours just to get it off the ground and make it work. A lot of people fail to make that transition from employee to business owner when they realise that they may initially work far harder than they used to in their job.
Those who do survive that shock though can then often fall victim to the opposite end of the scale, where they become so used to working really hard that they forget to take time out to recharge their personal batteries.
They often think that nobody else can do the job as well as them so they refuse to delegate effectively or allocate enough time to train staff adequately so that they can escape. Does that sound like anyone you know?
The results of putting in to much work and not enough play can be just as catastrophic in the long term as failing to put in enough effort.
Stress,’ burn out’ or relationship breakdowns are many of the possible undesirable outcomes.
These situations are frequent scenarios that we, as business coaches, come across every day. In fact, one of the rewarding aspects of helping business owners can be to show them that it is possible to ‘have a life’ as well as a business.
The good news is that the past does not have to equal the future – you can change.
If you can’t remember the last time you went away for a weekend or spent a day doing something nice with family or friends, then do yourself a favour. Make an appointment with yourself.
Block out some ‘you’ time. Put it in the diary. Plan for it. Write out an action plan for your staff, or if you are a one-man band, prepare an “I’m not here, but I’ll get back to you” message and do it.
Your business will actually benefit from having its most important asset ‘refreshed’.
As Nike like to say, ‘Just Do It!’
Tony’s Viewpoint: ‘The most important asset in your business, and the one that should be regularly refreshed, is YOU!’