Confessions of An Obsessed Entrepreneur: How to Stop Cheating On Your Family With Your Business

February 20, 2014

It’s unavoidable – all new passions demand your attention and excitement.

Take me for example, when I started this business many years ago I worked nights, weekends, holidays and vacations just trying to research, read and learn how to make it work.

Then things started taking off but I couldn’t pull myself away from the internet and Facebook was like a drug I couldn’t get enough of.

When I started getting clients I would hit refresh on my computer 100 times a day checking for emails from potential clients and to see if I made any new sales.

The worst was when I started sleeping with my computer, headset and iPod so that I could listen to audios as I was going to sleep.

I knew I’d gone too far when I couldn’t have a full night sleep without getting up to go to the bathroom and bring my iPad along to see if anything was new (yes – sorry if that’s too graphic but it’s really want was going on!)

Does any of this sound vaguely familiar?

C’mon, we both know you’ve been obsessed with your business too.

But there’s a fine line between a healthy interest in your own success and an obsession and if you’re teetering on the latter then I have some suggestions I’d like you to consider right away.

Stick to Your Work Schedule

The first step to making any change is to recognize the signs. It’s perfectly normal to work extra hard on a new business but when you no longer have set work hours or time allotted to work on it then you’ll always be working on your business.

Change doesn’t happen overnight but if you scale back and decide which activities you need to do each day then you’ll be less likely to overwork yourself.

Separate Work Time and Loved One Time

No more sneak working when your family isn’t watching. You need to give them the time and love they deserve from you.  – (feel free to click the link to Tweet that one 🙂

If you catch yourself bringing your computer to bed or getting up to work in your office in the middle of the night, then you know you need to make a change.

It’s not healthy for you to work non-stop. So keep your work life separate from your family life as much as you can.

Stop Taking It All So Seriously

All work and no play is going to make you burn out and we both know you didn’t start this business so you could run yourself ragged in the process.

If you’re working non-stop then you need to add more fun into your life. Pick up non business books. Go to a rom-com, have lunch with a non-business friend, have a date with your partner and don’t talk about business.

It may be hard at first but you’ll get it all back into balance. Just focus on your priorities, your schedule and why you’re doing all this to begin with….to create a life you love!

Comments? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! Are you or have you been obsessed with your business? What have you done that makes you think you are?

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