Get your weekends back – how to make it happen.
If you have a small business or are self-employed, you may find it challenging to disengage from your business. I know I do and apparently, I’m not the only one. According to Alternative Advisory Board, 97% of small business owners work on weekends. For some, it’s every weekend and for others, it’s at least one day each weekend.
Staying connected or active in your business isn’t always a good idea. As a matter of fact, it can be downright risky for your health and not productive at all in the long run.
Death by work
Did you know that actual studies have been shown that there’s such a thing as death by work? Such studies haven’t been made in America but in Japan, studies have shown that 20% of employee’s risk death from overwork. It’s called «Karoshi», which literally translates to «death by work», and this isn’t a figure of speech. Too much work can cause medical, psychological and emotional disorders. In Japan, it’s an actual thing, the deaths are caused by heart attacks or suicide. Mind you for this to occurs one must work more than 60 hours a week.
Uh oh, I’m so totally guilty of this! Hopefully, you aren’t working so much but if you are, please, work less.
What does work less mean?
If you own a part-time business while working a full-time job, it may be hard to cut back on. Today, it’s even harder to disconnect from our work because of our mobile devices. Work less means to take time off which also means, don’t check your emails, or social media on your time off.
Other strategies to work less
I can’t say this enough! It’s even more important if you have to work 7 days a week because of your type of business. Designate someone you can trust to take charge in your absence. It might take some time to find this person and when you do, take good care of them, because they are taking care of you and your business!
I’m not talking about taking an entire year off, but rather spending some time every day on non-business related stuff. Ex: exercising, getting a hobby, meeting up with friends, take a nap mid-day, etc.
This year, I made two new years’ resolution; try new things and take at least one day off per week. So far, I have been able to somewhat stay on track with those. Some weeks it’s easier some, less so especially for the “day off” thing. But then if you want to stay in business and continue to properly serve your clients you must take care of yourself.
So as Maya Angelou once said: “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, nor solutions searched for.” Click To Tweet~ Maya Angelou
Note to self, heed your own advice 😉
And now the floor is yours, what are your issues with this and what are your solutions?