I’m sure we’ve all been the “long hours” route. But most of us eventually discover that long hours are not necessarily better for our business. Here’s one person’s story. A New Retailer Learns To Curtail Long Hours It is quite a challenge to not get burnt out. But I decided a long time ago there was no reason to have my own business if I couldn’t enjoy the fruits of my labor. The main tactic that helps me is to delegate. I simply don’t spend time on those things that don’t measure up to my hourly worth. For example, if it’s going to take me two hours to do a task and I value my time at $150 per hour, I look at whether I can delegate or outsource that task for less money. More times than not, I can. So I outsource and delegate a lot. On a more personal note, I am a siesta person. I rise early (5am) and am most productive in the morning so I schedule my most critical tasks for those times. I love to take a short nap in the afternoon — it refreshes my brain! And I set aside Fridays, all day, as date day with my husband. I don’t as a general rule schedule any meetings or other type of business function on Friday. That’s “us” time. What do you do to keep the burnout at bay? Click that comments link and tell me.
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small Business
Denise O’Berry is a small business expert who’s been helping small business owners take action to build sustainable businesses since 1996. Denise has worked with hundreds of small business owners over the years and continues to be inspired by their enthusiasm and ability to overcome huge obstacles. You can connect with Denise at her website at www.DeniseOBerry.com, follow her on Twitter @deniseoberry, or connect on Facebook.