Mr. Agent Romance has the week off. So, I’m resting up and napping. As the mother of two small kids, I rarely get a chance to slow down, let alone naps, so this is a rare treat, but also a very necessary one.
I had a busy weekend. On Friday night, I did a Pure Romance party for a crowd of 20 noisy sorority girls. I spent most of Saturday at a very successful vendor show. Now, I’m beat though. I’m looking forward to this holiday break.
When you are running your own business, you really do feel like you need to eat, sleep and breathe the business. Part of it is survival. You just have to keep going to keep up momentum. Part is also the sort of manic nature of being an entrepreneur. It’s dangerous though. Your life so easily gets out of balance and things start to suffer. The house gets a mess, your spouse feels neglected, your kids start to act up. And, most ominously, your health suffers. I’ve seen so many people let themselves get run into the ground by their jobs and businesses, developing chronic health problems and suffering from various forms of physical and emotional burnout.
If you are not well, you can’t run your business well. Getting rest is a necessity.
I actually think the best plan is to make an appointment with yourself to rest. Make these periods set aside where you do NOTHING related to your business and try to not even think about it. If you are a type A personality, you may even have to put it on your calendar.
My rule of thumb is to put your business on hiatus for at least 1 hour a day and 1 day a week.
Consider it part of your business plan and upkeep. One hour a day and one day a week of NOT doing business for the good of your business.
As for me, this is a short blog entry because I’m going back to bed. To rest.