“Do whatever rejuvenates you. It might be a cooking class, cocktails with the girls, or just private time with the hubby. We all have our moments where we run out of steam because we’ve given everything we’ve got to everyone else. Whoever decided that was a good thing? It’s not. Everyone needs to refuel.” –  Jada Pinkett Smith

I see new entrepreneurs working all hours of the day and night, almost a 24/7 schedule; I ask myself, ‘why is that?’

Isn’t the whole point of being self-employed to be able to work less hours and have more time off?

Alas, we’re taught at an early age that hard work brings success. That may be true in the corporate world or in a sales type situation but, it doesn’t apply to being self-employed.

More than hard work, to be a successful, self-employed person you need to be creative! And Creativity flourishes when you’re relaxed and at ease.

So how do you learn to become more relaxed especially if you’re the stereotypical, class A, hard charging former corporate minion competing with a hundred other cubicle occupiers?

The first thing to do is get on a set schedule. Use your calendar to plan your break times. Even if money is tight, you can go to a nearby park for an hour and just sit on a bench and ‘people watch’ or walk around a bit. Try not to think about any work related subjects during these times.

If you don’t have a park, go to a quiet spot in your home and listen to music or watch a movie. Do anything that will take your mind off of your new enterprise.

If you can afford it, take an occasional spa day.

By the way, I like a website called: Coffitivity.com

They play background noise and is very relaxing…and free.

I especially like train travel. If I am planning a new project I’ll take Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco and return. This gives me a week to do nothing but unwind, eat some good food and meet interesting people. If you haven’t tried it, being away from your home and your computer is a great way to de-stress and to get those creative juices flowing again.

Any change of scenery is a wonderful way to rejuvenate…and that’s the whole point.

The brain, just like overworked muscles, will tire out.

Here you are, trying to build up a business and you’re mostly alone and you have a million things to plan and take care of and; you reach a point when you get frustrated and stressed. Believe me, we all do, but; you can only overcome these bad times by walking away from your computer and from your surroundings for a few minutes of for a couple of days if you can.

Taking several short breaks throughout your day will do wonders for your psychological health and mental stability. Besides, if you were going to kill yourself putting in long hours you may as well have stayed with the company you left to pursue the dreams you have!

The irony of working for yourself is: the really successful take a lot of time off because it makes them more relaxed, which helps them to become more creative, which is the very thing they need to be to move their business forward.

Creativity is the key to the doors you want to open and time is precious…spend some of it doing happy, stress free things.

To better futures…
Donald Gaw
Skype: donald.gaw

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