As entrepreneurs or business owners, we know how important productivity and hard work is for the success of our business. We tirelessly sit at our desks day in and day out and put all of our concentration and energy into the inner workings of our businesses; sometimes we sit at our desks for a lot longer than we should and we end up mentally, emotionally and physically tiring ourselves out. Trust me, I know the feeling. As much as we need to work on our businesses, we also need to take time for ourselves so we can relax, recharge and continue to put our all into our work.
Constantly working extra long hours can cause stress in your life. Whether it's stress over business or stress because you don't have the time to spend with your family, it's still stress that can take over. Stress is bad for many reasons, it can cause high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety or even lower your immune system making you more susceptible to colds and the flu. Stress unknowingly can completely wreak havoc on our bodies and our lives and that's why it's important to get rid of the stress we feel. The best way to get rid of the stress that we feel is to take care of yourself.
Hire a Virtual Assistant
I know taking time off work and having some "me time" is easier said than done when you're running or just starting up your business, but it's something that we all have to learn to do. If you're a more established business or have the financial means to outsource to a Virtual Assistant, that's one of the best ways to get some work off your plate so you can have more time for yourself and your family. A Virtual Assistant can take on those tasks that are stressing you because they are professionally trained in a plethora of fields and can get the tasks that you delegate to them done quickly, efficiently and professionally.
Don't Work Yourself Too Hard
Working yourself too hard will cause you to emotionally and mentally exhaust yourself. I know it's hard to "not take your work home" when some of us may work from home, but it's important to set work hours and stick to your work hours only. It's very tempting to pick up your laptop at ungodly hours of the night and start getting work done or picking up your phone or tablet during dinner to answer an e-mail, but you need that time after work for yourself. Disconnecting yourself is the best way to go when work is over. Instead of picking up that laptop or phone, spend time with your family, take a few hours to watch TV or just plain relax -- you deserve it.
Take Short Breaks
It's also advisable that throughout your work day you learn to take some shorter breaks in order to regroup and stretch your legs. While this isn't really "me time", they are breaks that can clear your mind and allow you to be more productive when you get back to the office. You may even go for a walk and find some random creative inspiration that can help you to come up with new ideas.
Taking time off for a family vacation is hard when you're running a business but it is possible. It's important ot track the cycles in your business; when you have the most business and when you can afford downtime like a vacation. Once you track the cycles in your business and pinpoint when your slowest times are, it's important to plan ahead so you have everything covered while you are away. Make sure you have someone to assist the running of your business when you are gone and make sure they know how to contact you in a business emergency situation. If you plan ahead, you can definitely go ahead, have that vacation and have a wonderful time doing it.
When you are able to take a break and take time for yourself, you actually maximize your productivity when you get back to the office. This happens because allowing yourself to relax will recharge your body and mind to get the creative juices flowing again. When you're just sitting at a desk 365 days a year you lose touch with your business and what's the most important because you're constantly doing the same things over and over again. Your body and mind go on auto pilot and you can't continue to give it your all because you've exhausted yourself.