I don’t know about you but some days I feel like in stead of me running my business it is running me… into the ground. Between deadlines, new projects, an insane number of ideas and all of the other things I do, every once in a while, I get down, tired, blue and wanna give up. I get tired of DOING all of the time and just want to sit in the shade of a big tree and relax.
I did just that recently and it was lovely.
What’s more is that I encourage you to do that too.
Here’s the thing, the year is almost half way over, you’ve been at this a long time, the kids are out of school, the weather is nice and you just want to have some fun. I day DO IT. It won’t be long at all now and we’ll be gearing up for Christmas sales. Putting in long hours and building up inventory to have a successful holiday season. So now is the time to take a little break. Now is the time to treat yourself and build up your energy reserves so you can power through the second half of the year.
After all, what’s the point in running your own business if you can’t take a break now and again? Taking care of yourself has to be a part of the equation or you will risk burning out. Or worse, giving up.
Not sure where to start? Would you happily take a day or an afternoon off if you could also use it to inspire yourself and help your business? Try reading this post: 30 Ways to Find Some Creative Inspiration. There are bound to be ideas there that will inspire AND relax you.
Do you feel like you work, work, work but at the end of the day there is still quite a few items on your list that haven’t been checked off? Maybe you need to look at your productivity: Avoiding Productivity Pitfalls When Working From Home. Working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be some days. There can be so many distractions, especially if you have children home for the summer. See if there are some things you can change or rearrange to help increase your productivity.
Taking Time for Yourself and keeping yourself healthy is a great way to reduce the business blues. After all, you’ve heard the saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, right? If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed a few laps in the pool or some time with a garden hoe may just be what you need. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and eat right too.
Cash flow and sales aren’t the same thing. If you feel like you’re working hard and not seeing enough profit and it’s getting to you try 10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Home Business. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work the sales aren’t coming in as quickly as you need them to. In that case start looking at the money you are spending to keep your business running and see if there are ways you can cut back. Because peace of mind is a good thing when you simply want a day off.
Never doubt the power of organization and schedules to help alleviate stress. There is something almost magical about not having to think about what is next. The Work/Life Balance and Being Organized is a great post full of ideas (and even a worksheet) to help you get organized and back on track.
Taking time away from your business now and again is good for you. Sometimes all you need is to think about something else for a while, to see a change of scenery or get up and move around a bit. Spend time with your family, enjoy a visit with friends or a date with your significant other. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a few days you are bound to come back to your business with renewed enthusiasm and energy.
Do you take regular breaks from your business? How has taking a little break helped you stay happy?
By: Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess