Allocate time to enjoy your summer. What does that mean exactly? It means all work and no play will make you a dull “boy” or “girl”. Plus, everyone needs to recharge their batteries and summer is a great time to do that. If you are thinking, “sounds great, but how could I do that, when my weekly business calendar is full?” Start by scheduling down time on your calendar. Just like you schedule meetings with clients, schedule time in your calendar just for YOU! If the thought of that scares you, try and start off slowly with just an hour per week, and then move up to a couple hours per week until you can see the benefits. What you do with that hour is up to you, but extra time in the gym, reading a book, watching a movie, or just relaxing away from the computer can be extremely beneficial to helping you recharge your spirit and your stamina, which in turn will benefit your business.
B = Basics
Getting back to basics this summer can also help your business. Try and remember why you started your business in the first place, and how excited you were to get it off the ground. Are your emotions today the same as they were when you made the big decision to move forward with starting your own business? If not, try and figure out what about it is different. Are you overwhelmed? Are you unable to do the things you need to do to make it exciting? Are you too busy with the minutia involved with running your business that every day seems like a blur? Basic human nature is to try and do everything ourselves, but consider enlisting some help where it makes sense. Try and think about what you can take off your plate, and what you can realistically delegate. The goal is to get you back to that place where your excitement level outweighs the stress of running your own business.
C = Commitment
Sometimes making a commitment to yourself is harder than making one to someone else. Isn’t summer a great time to commit to making a few changes in your life? With longer days and more sunshine it is easy to put in longer work hours, but why not commit to using those few extra hours to reconnect with family and friends this summer. Having positive relationships in your life will help you be more positive and energized. It is easy to sabotage yourself if you start to feel guilty when you choose to miss out on things like family parties, dinner with friends, youth sporting events, or even grilling with the neighbors. Commit to participating in a few if not all the summer activities you can with family and friends. You will see that making a conscience effort to enjoy the people around you can be the best use of your time in the long run.
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