Taking Time Out
This is not going to be one of those new age blogs where we all go out and stare into the middle distance to reconnect with our souls. It’s more about taking time to reflect what is actually going on around you in a way you just cannot do when you are in the middle of a busy business day.
The curse of the high energy business owner – finding time for other things
We, that’s Toni and me, work with high energy business owners. Some are just starting out, most are established and growing. At the start their businesses are focused on developing services and products, then the focus goes to systems and people, profits and funding and then……..a lot stop with either a marriage breakup, a major health incident, a hatred towards what they have created and all the other messy stuff that comes with burnout. Burnout and wipe out holds hands in many businesses by the end of years two or three.
We see business owners who are defeated by the effort it takes them just to speak. They are so tired, even a discussion renders them to tears. Exhausted and at the end of their tether. After over 30 years in business I have felt like this many times and initially I thought it was because I didn’t have enough. Enough money, time to think, of the right people, right business experience and so my list went on. Now, here is the thing, you and me, we all have enough. What we tend not to do from time to time is plan and execute what we have well enough to yield the results it can. Not always the results we dream of but the results we can achieve with what we have right now available to us.
Time to close the ipad, laptop, switch of the mobile and take some time out, preferably alone and in the fresh air or somewhere very quiet and free from distractions to be immersed in nothing so those thoughts can gather momentum.
It’s tough and completely counter intuitive to take time away from your business when things are busy and you are worried about your business but do it you must or get swamped. If you feel the world will cave in if you leave for a whole day then take half a day or even an hour just to take stock. You will come back refreshed and with new ideas which will dig you out of whatever hole you fell into. Me? I just go out with my dogs, the photo with this blog is my little Molly – one of my four dogs who are guaranteed to put the smile on anyone’s face.