So, you’ve got your freedom. You are building your dream biz. Money is tight, but who cares? It’s worth the independent lifestyle that you now enjoy.
Besides, the financial rut is only temporary…
If you build your ship right.
Building your ship right starts with taking care of the captain — you.
Often, we love what we do so much that we sacrifice everything for it, including ourselves.
Guess what creative genius?
Building a business does not require self-sacrifice.
It demands self-preservation.
Building a business is not a race to the finish line.
It’s about building slowly and strategically from the very beginning.
How do you preserve yourself when you are your business? This is the focus of July’s Habit for Bold Entrepreneurs.
Don’t work non stop. Build at least an hour into your day to do something that you absolutely love. This will help rejuvenate your mind, and spirit so that you can think even more creatively and execute like the genius that you are.
Don’t check business emails after hours. Let’s be honest. We are glued to technology 24/7. Our brain can never rest if we are constantly processing new information. Give yourself a firm cut-off time for checking business emails and stick to it.
At least once a week, get out of your office (or home office) and work from a location that inspires your creativity. Part of the beauty of being your own boss is that you get to control the “when” and the “where” of your work day.
Work from the beach. Or, a coffee shop (or a new coffee shop). Or, an al fresco restaurant. You will probably meet new people, and discover new inspiration. Either way, it’s a win-win.
Designate at least one day a week as your vision building or brainstorm day. That means, that you will work on your business, not in it. Vision building looks different for everyone. A simple start is to revisit the goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, and to draw up a quick plan of what you need to do to get there by the year’s end. What resources do you need? What people do you need to engage?
I have a confession…
Despite my affinity and understanding of the importance of work-life balance, I am truly a work-a-holic. I absolutely love what I do to the point of being slightly uncomfortable when I’m not working to build my business. It’s natural to go off on the deep end of work-a-holicness but then we have to reel it back in.
Balance is the secret sauce to building a sustainable business. Balance is the secret to avoiding a complete burnout within your first years of business.
Who is up for the challenge?
Check out 12 Habits for Bold Entrepreneurs for other tips to rock in life +biz.