When starting your own business and you’re the only employee, everything rests on you. I’m not saying it to scare you, it’s just true! and to top it off, there is so much to do. You can plan it down to the letter or do it by the seat of your pant, but the list is still long!
So the thought of taking a day off seems completely out of the question. To go a day without ticking off an item from your ‘to-do’ list, or not earning money is just ridiculous right?
But after I slept for 13 hours one time, which I never ever do, it made me
realise just what I had been doing!
I’d only taken 2 days off in 2 months since giving up my full time job!
I was getting up at 6am, working, taking the kids to school, working, missed lunch, working, pick the kids up from school, working, cook dinner for everyone, spend time with the kids before they went to bed, then work until about 11-12 o’clock!
I was on my way to burning out, and when I looked back, I wasn’t achieving much for my company. I was completing work for my client,
But the JOT stuff was going nowhere productively!!
So I took a couple of days and just switched off And it was the best thing for me to do. I came back with a clearer head, a better sense of what needed to be done and I managed to grab my second client, bonus!!
So my advice to you for now and for the future, remember to take care of yourself.
If you fall down, who’s there to carry the business on?
Take time out to spend with the family, And the people special to you, otherwise you can easily forget why you started this journey in the first place.
You’ll never stop thinking of the stuff you need to do, but the same todo list will still be there AFTER you’ve taken a day off!
Today We used the last day on our annual memberships for Warwick Castle, and we did all the stuff we hadn’t done before. The kids are shattered, my legs are like jelly from all the tower steps, got a bit damp with the rain, but had a fab day.
(but I’ll let you in on a little secret, whilst the boys were in the loo, I made a list of the files I need to upload onto the website! See, you never switch off completely!!)