Making Time for Yourself

You are busy day in and day out. You are concerned about the operations of your business, the finances like small business loans, the personnel, etc. etc. etc.  You need to make sure that your company operates well. You need to make sure that your employees are happy and satisfied with their work and have all of the materials they need to be productive on a daily basis. When you leave the office for the day, your mind swirls with ideas and issues and things you will have to take care of and address the following day. It can all be so exciting being a small business owner, but tiring as well … both physically and emotionally.  So what can you do to make sure that you can do your best as a small business owner and manager? You need to take time for yourself.

Taking time for yourself, whether that means just an hour away from the office today, or a week or two of vacation that you plan in advance, you MUST take time for yourself. The alternate option is complete burnout, where you may start to dread going into work. You need to take time to energize yourself.  So how can you take that time, when your office and your staff depend on you?

Well, let’s break this down. Here’s an example… is going to the gym something that energizes you and helps you to clear your mind? Maybe it is, but you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to allow that one hour of time away. There IS time. Maybe you can find a gym near the office and head over during lunch time.  By spending a short time away, whether at the gym, or just taking a break to go out to lunch, you can clear your mind, which can set the stage for a clearer flow of ideas back at the office. So maybe you can handle one hour away here or there, but what about a whole week?! This is where you need to have a staff or manager that feels empowered: a person or people that you can trust to keep everything flowing while you are gone. If you don’t currently have that, but you do have a staff, consider picking out a key person that you can train for these types of situations. You need and deserve time away for the office; it’s critical to your mental health.

Days can go by quickly and taking time for yourself may fall by the wayside, but it shouldn’t. Plan well so you can take the time you need in terms of something as short as an hour up to an actual vacation. In the end it will make you a better owner/manager, because you will have that time to re-energize and bring that energy back to the office.

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