For the first year in my business I didn’t take a day off. I may have been “off” but I was always working on my business, reading, learning or training. The amount of time I spent on my business nearly destroyed my relationships, my body and my sanity. Now I take breaks, schedule time off and use a schedule I work from when seeing clients. Nothing is haphazard anymore and it feels good.
Listen, I get that you’re in a rush to build your dream but you won’t get there any faster if you’re burnt out. You must pace your race and I can tell you from experience that the price of not taking time off is huge.
You and your business need a schedule. You need it for your self preservation, for your relationships and for guaranteed sustainability.
Here are a few of my tried and true tips to setting a schedule and sticking to it:
- Schedule your personal time first. This includes your days off and your vacation time.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time and wake up the same time every day. If you’re building your business while you’re still working then you will need to get regular sleep, exercise and r & r. Believe me, it's worth it!
- Sit and eat your meals. Please don’t work through lunch, eat breakfast on the run or skip dinner. I did all of these things and my digestive system paid the price. It doesn’t do your body good to work through stress. It’s not worth it.
- Set your work schedule at least 6 months in advance. If you can, plan for the entire year.
- Use a scheduling system to share your schedule with clients. I use timetrade.com I’ve planned out my availability for appointments for the next 6 months. Having a set schedule makes it easier for me, my assistant and my clients to know when appointments are available. It’s no longer haphazard.
If you've been struggling with your schedule and feeling burnt out then this week’s video article is one to check out. You’ll get a bit of inspiration to set yours and you’ve got to see my husband and daughter having some fun behind me in the video too :- )
In the comments below tell me:
- Have you been struggling with balancing your work, family and business schedule? What seems to suffer when things are off balance?
- Do you have tips, pointers or wisdom to share on creating more balance in your life? Have you teetered on the edge of burn out? How have you pulled yourself back and survived it?