Ahh, the amazing idea that we are in business for ourselves. It is like the promise land of dreams and possibility. We can see ourselves as successful and trail blazers. Yes?
And we can already see the dollars piling up and our lives getting so much easier. Or at least more vibrant and alive . And that amazing sensation that we are our own destiny drivers.
I think that many of us who have chosen to go into business for ourselves have done so for many reasons.
- Knowing that we no longer have a boss
- Want to own our business
- Do not want to spend our life giving our hard work to a third party
- Willingness to take on the choice to be on our CEO
- The idea that we can be more successful than at a job.
For whatever the reason is that we decide to jump into our own business, it also comes with it a few challenges that at times needs to be addressed.
When we work at home that means we really need to have work “hours”.
Do you know what I mean?
Because if you are like me, the idea that the office is only steps away means that if I wanted to I could easily work an 18 hour day.
And I have indeed done that. Have you?
But here is what happens:
- We become less efficient, because we are way too tired.
- We are not really taking care of our health
- We are not able to distinguish the difference between a job and our business then, because we are putting in too many hours.
- And it ends up that we are working for 42 cents an hour!
Bob Marley said it well. If we choose not to live in mental slavery we are completely freed. We are not holding on to expectations from old perceptions that do not work. Nor are we creating drama or hardships for ourselves.
And since we are working towards great success, that means we are willing on every level to be successful and free,yes?
That means self care and keeping ourselves in a peaceful spirit.
So do choose what hours you are going to be working. And then whatever they are, keep that schedule. And you will find yourself feeling more efficient, clear headed and successful. Wow, we like that, yes?
This is what I have learned to help me transition from over doing to doing just right:
- Take breaks every 40 minutes to an hour.
- Establish working hours daily and keep them.
- Do our schedule to make sure we stay on topic and focus.
- Go for two walks during the day.
- One day out of the 7 day week, is adventure day.
- Always make sure FUN is a part of each day.
This was my latest adventure :
And on this adventure, it truly soothed my soul. And replenished. And readied me for another week of great clarity and focus. And the drive was only an hour away.
And it came with an added bonus, I found a place to take a short hike that lead me to a confluence of three streams with its own tiny waterfall. So I just sat there, meditated and radiated gratitude.
Now that is truly how we fill ourselves up yes? Gratitude and peace.
So I am suggesting that we all give ourselves some down time to sit with our hearts.
When we choose to take on this opportunity of having our own business, it also means we are willing to be fully responsible and accountable for all our actions.
So lets make that happen. We cannot allow burnout to ruin our momentum to soaring now can we?
So here we go, ready to make our business soar. And then we find we are too tired to think straight or stay focused. What do we do? Revamp how we are working to insure that we have the necessary health to stay in this for the long haul.
Do have regular office hours, do take breaks and do give yourself adventure days.
The point of having our own business, is to afford us the freedom that working for another does not give. But if we choose to enslave ourselves with outrageously long hours, we are doing the exact same thing yes?
So how you do you plan on doing your week?
I really want to hear how you define your work hours and weekly schedule.
I know we will all find our balance. It is just the willingness to know that being on the NOW plan also means, we are now responsible not only to our business but to ourselves.
Here we go, soaring to success!
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
living one heart-centric moment at a time