Saturday, 27 October 2012

Making Time For Me

I've been there, you know. When I started, I worked all the time: days, evenings, weekends. I wanted my business a success, but in every organization, getting the right website, marketing strategy, networking, portfolio and so I neglected the main part of my business - me. I ended up tired, cranky, stressed and sick. My family were less than impressed.
Now, I'm not going to tell you how to work, when to work or even how to relax. I'll tell you what I'm doing now and you can be the best way to work and play before you decide.
Firstly, because I know that this is the important bit, your work.
It's your business. If you do not work then chances are it will fail. However, the trick is to work effectively. When is your best time to work? The mine is the morning. I know that when I'm in the office, once the kids to school (if not sooner), I will even get more done and will make better decisions. By fourteen I start to highlight so I tend to be the less demanding work later in the afternoon to save. I never work in the evenings, unless there is no other option. I do not know in the past tea time work, because my mind is overloaded and I sleep harder if I did not relax for a few hours before bedtime.
You may be different, in fact, you probably have, so the most important thing to think about is if you work your best and plan your day.
So, did you get the job done. Now playing time.
You should take the time. There's no ifs, ands or buts - you should take the time. The best way to do this, and I wish I had done this from the start, is to set boundaries with your work. Do not fall into the trap that you are always available for your clients. I would answer emails in the evening and at the weekend that the establishment of the expectations with my clients that they are always able to contact me and that I would react.
Eventually I realized that this was not good for me and so my company. I now do not respond to emails in the evening or on weekends unless absolutely necessary. After all, if I worked in an office than the phone and e-mail would go unanswered until normal working hours.
Evenings and weekends are mine. I could work as I want, but only nice things. I generally read, spend time with my family, socializing or writing - or just veg in front of the TV to completely turn my mind off.

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