If you have a home based business, you know that you have to spend a lot of time with it in order to foster growth and to make it more profitable. But how much is too much? Is it possible to spend too much with your home based business?
I ran across a Fast Company article (linked below) that talks about putting in too many hours. Supporting its argument, it says that there is a correlation between work and waste: more work creates more waste. There’s a familiar notion among business owners that in order to achieve success, you must put in many extra hours and practically put your life into the business. To do any less under this way of thinking, deters from the long term goal of achieving success.
Is that really true? This article cites the example of France’s GDP versus the US – “France, home of the 35-hour week, creates more GDP per work hour than the United States ($37 versus $34, as of 2003).”
So how is it possible to work less and be more productive? Speaking strictly for me, I know I work better in short spurts with breaks in between. I know that as the day wears on, so does my effectiveness. So I would think it’s all about finding that balance between times you can effectively work at a high level of production and those lull times. Add to this, is the issue of burnout. Too many hours day after day, week after week, can really burn someone out on their home based business. That makes them less effective overall.
What about you? Have you found that comfortable balance between workload and personal time?
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