Being an independent professional feels a lot like being a circus clown – juggling all the colourful balls. You just can’t take a break when they are still in the air. Unfortunately being busy can become a habit and this tunnel vision can actually be more harmful than helpful in different ways.
Our society today celebrates the people that hustle harder and doing it for your own business feels especially motivating. Until you end up in a hamster wheel, burnt out and unable to quit.
Could taking a step back be a step up for you and your business? Take a look at the 5 reasons why you should take regular breaks from your daily business.
1. You make better business decisions.
The worst business decision is one made from scarcity. Entering a deal from “I need to/ have to/ should do this” versus “I’m excited to do this,” will have vastly different outcomes.
If your business isn’t making the money that you hoped, this can lead to making bad decisions. When choosing your next move check to see if this feels like the natural next step, if it feels like flow. In case it’s loaded with judgements, or the feeling of pushing, tugging or shoving, it might not be the best move for you at this time.
Even if you really can not afford to skip the gig – imagine how you would feel if you could. This honest reflection helps you see where you stand and what needs to be adjusted.
2. You get what you aim for.
Strategy precedes execution. If you never take time for planning how do you know where you’re going? If you’re not working towards your own goals you’re probably being pushed towards someone else’s.
3. You get out of your own head.
It’s easy to not see the forest for the trees if you spend a lot of time working alone. You start missing different viewpoints when running a solo business. And there’s no-one to cheer for you even when you win.
4. You create more options for yourself.
When you have your business blinders on it’s easy to miss great opportunities because you focus on details too much. There are multiple things you can do that align with your business and allow it to grow. Or more importantly, help you to grow.
You are allowed to grow out of the things you used to love. Being consistent is important but being a bore does no good to anyone. Write out what you really enjoy and incorporate it into your business.
5. You reduce burn out.
The only way you fail is if you quit. Entrepreneurs are more at risk of burnout because they tend to be extremely passionate about work, are more socially isolated, have limited safety nets, and operate in high uncertainty.
Entrepreneurs have to create healthy boundaries with their business so that exhaustion or stress-related health issues won’t drive them to eventually quit altogether.
First of all admit: you need balance. A great technique to use is writing out what you want working to feel like. Then start making personal and professional decisions that create that outcome.
Don’t forget to have fun. Sir Richard Branson wrote: “Fun is one of the most important — and underrated — ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.”
You didn’t start your own business to feel as embattled as you felt working for someone else, be mindful of not creating that.
Mastermind groups can help
- Joining a mastermind group gives you a good reason to actually start what you’ve been planning to.
- A (bi)weekly meeting with your pals sets up a good routine for stepping back regularly and analyzing your pains and gains.
- Speaking out loud clarifies your thoughts.
- You will get other opinions and viewpoints about your actions and discover new opportunities
- You’ll connect with the people who cheer along with you.
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