Work Life Balance!

(23 /10 /2013)

The age old cliché!  But who has time for a holiday or a break when you own a small business.  In an industry that is pretty much 7 days a week, 365 days how do you unwind? How do you find time to relax?  The cliché maybe corny but the message behind it important, some would say critical.

Having a work life balance that sees you being able to spend time with family and friends not only rejuvenates you physically but also mentally.  Everyone needs time off.  So how can you manage it when ‘my business needs me’, ‘I’m too busy’, ‘it’s too expensive to close down for a week’, ‘I’ll miss out on an opportunity’.  The opportunity you are missing out on is life! With the right strategy in place you can ‘have your cake and eat it too!’

Start by understanding the cycles in your business.  When are your busy periods?  When is it quieter?  Then look at the cost of closing for a week or so or putting in a manager, someone you can trust.  Many businesses in holiday locations close for up to a month in the off season and others simply entrust their chef/maître de to run things for a week.  The importance here is to have systems and procedures in place that allow YOU some free time.  Once these are working well then showing some the ‘ropes’ will be easier.

Essentially, understand your business, systemise your business and take the time to work on not IN your business, then letting go for a short time every few months or once year will allow you the time out that is important for your own sanity!  I promise you your staff and your family and friends will love you for it!


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