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Do You Take Time Off in Your Business When it Starts to Rain?
Have you ever had one of those weekends when it’s pouring with rain outside and you stay in bed watching movies, reading a book or even just sit and listen to the rain. You really love that your kids are into sport, but when you get the call that the oval is wet and all games have been cancelled, you feel as if you’ve just won the lottery.
You’ve suddenly got time to have a sleep in, paint something, cook something new, whatever you like. It’s good for the mind, it’s good for the soul. If only we could control the weather and make the rain fall more often.
I guess you want to know how this has anything to do with business. I promise I’m getting there. I, like most Small Business owners, started out as a yes man. Desperate to make it work, I would take all the customers I could, work the jobs I didn’t really like doing and working every spare minute I had. We all do it, and no amount of “just say no and the work will come” articles we read are going to change that when we start out.
There were days when I had nothing to do, so I found something productive to do. I cold called, made phone calls to customers or updated cashflow reports. I would get an email to say a meeting had to be rescheduled so I would go and meet with another customer instead. None of this was wrong. In fact, most of the tasks I did in these times were really productive and helpful to my growing business.
Luckily for me, the work came and my days and weeks filled up. Eventually though, I got tired. So tired that I wasn’t at my best anymore. I was efficient but not effective. They can be two competing forces; at least they were for me. The more I fit in, the less creative I became. The more I did, the more robotic I felt.
Can you recognise a rainy day in your business? What do you do when you get one?
Do something for you
I know this is hard. Taking time out in the middle of the day feels like you’re ripping your business off but I guarantee you’ll be grateful you did. Look to the things you love to do. The things that relax you, inspire you, make you smile. Play golf, get a massage, drive along the coastline for a few hours. Most importantly, do it guilt free. This is an investment in You and You are your business.
Do something new
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never had time. Here’s a couple of ideas:
- Sign up for a trial of an online software package. It might be a CRM system, a project management tool, marketing tool or accounting package. Spend a few hours playing with it and you might find it’s the tool you’ve always needed
- Download the “top 10 business apps this year”. Just Google it and see what you find
- Write an article. You might find you know more than you think!
Make it rain
Here’s a tip: look at the radar. What does tomorrow look like? If I worked really hard today and even worked late tonight, could I get done what I was planning on doing tomorrow? If the answer is yes, do it!
Is there a day coming up that looks light on? Maybe you’ve only got one appointment scheduled, so reschedule it and don’t add anything else in its place.
Bonus time doesn’t come up very often so when it does, make it count. The sooner you realise investing in You is vital to your business, the greater capacity you’ll have to do it well. The rain is coming, what are you going to do?
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