taking time outAnyone who has ever run a business will tell you it is a huge drain on your time, versus working for somebody else. When you work for somebody else’s company, you turn up in the morning, do your job, and then go home, most of the time without having to worry about the job until the next day.

However, when you are running your own business this is almost always never true. When the complete success and stability of a business is solely your responsibility, and that business is also your family’s main source of income, you will often find that you can be working 14-18 hours a day.

Where the Problems Start

Although running a business does take hard graft, working every hour of the day can actually do your business more harm than good in a number of different ways, and this is why it is so important that you find a way of scheduling some time out.

If you work 24/7 then a few things will start to happen to you. First of all there is only so much that the human body can take. Without sleep over a long period of time your body and mind will suffer.

Your reflexes start to slow down, your mind will wander, and you will find it hard to concentrate. That is where mistakes will be made, and those mistakes could harm your business. Not to mention that you will ultimately burn out.

Imagine going into an important meeting after having had no sleep for 4 days, and trying to make a good account of yourself and your business. Unless you are superhuman it can’t be done. Certainly not over the long term!

Another area of your life where things will suffer is your home life. If you have a partner and/or children then they will need your attention. Total focus on your business could lead to a relationship breakdown, or resentment, and this kind of stress will also lead to your business suffering.

I’m Too Busy

Many people do not allow themselves any time out because they feel if they relax for even a minute, something drastic will go wrong with the business. This in fact couldn’t be farther from the truth.

So, how do you fit any time out during your busy working schedule? The first thing to do is work out when during the week you have meetings, and other office duties that cannot be avoided at any cost.

Then you need to plan at least one or maybe even two afternoons or evenings a week where you stop working on immediate business needs. The ideal thing to do during this time is to take some “me” time.

Read a book, take a long bath, and if you really cannot stand the thought of not doing something for your business during this time, why not do some reading, or brainstorming, to come up with some new innovative strategy or direction for your business.

Some of the most brilliant ideas have been thought up in the shower or bathroom don’t you know?!

Family Time

Nothing cleanses the soul, or clears the mind as much as some quality time spent with your loved ones. You absolutely must schedule at least one weekend out of two where you do something with your family. It doesn’t matter whether you all go to the cinema, to a theme park, or even just cosy up on the sofa.

Taking the time to reconnect with yourself and your family is vital for all of you, and will reignite the fire in your belly that determines why you are running a business in the first place.

How do you take time out from a busy schedule?

Monika Mundell is a busy copywriter, digital nomad and lover of the great outdoors. If she isn’t found hammering away at her keyboard she is probably enjoying some downtime with her hubby, babies (pet birds), or stuck on some tropical island while cruising the world.

You can connect with Monika on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn where she has been extremely un-busy over the last year. An influx of new followers might just animate her to get her act together.