Boundaries…Ever Heard of Them?

Sometimes work is a no-no...

Sigh. As an entrepreneur, that’s one thing we’re not very good at.

Consider yourself warned: When you enter the world of business owner-ship, the line between your home and office, work and play, may very well be near invisible, at least at first.

This is one lesson that I’m still learning.

Boundaries. Are. A. MUST.

When you work at home and/or when your business is well, YOURS, it’s hard to start the day at 9am and finish at 5pm. After all, in the beginning, you’re only getting paid if you’re working. The days of a consistent salary and paid vacation days are o-v-e-r.

So do you work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

No, you don’t. Not if you want to last past the first week.

The answer to this is pretty straightforward: Create a boundary.

Just like you need 8 or so hours of sleep to function, you need some time to just relax in order to work efficiently and succeed.

You probably didn’t think I would be writing about the ABSOLUTE need for R&R time in the first week of blog posts, huh? 🙂

Well, it really is that important. Making a commitment to shut off your computer at a certain time everyday, or to say no to working on weekends – whatever your boundaries are, make sure to make them.

One of my personal favorite mantras is “You need to deposit in order to withdraw.” If you don’t take care of yourself, your business will suffer.

So go turn off the computer and turn on the TV. Yes, really.

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2 responses to “Boundaries…Ever Heard of Them?

  1. You’re kidding yourself. If you want to succeed big time you got to do whatever it takes. If you want to enjoy life and have a balance, yeah have your home business, but don’t aim for the heights, just enjoy the gentle slopes. And, who knows you might get there, but don’t count on it.

  2. I get what you’re saying Nathan. One of my favorite quotes is by John Assaraf: “If you’re interested in something, you do what’s convenient. If you’re committed to something, you do whatever it takes.” That said, I think you need to take good care of yourself and make time to unwind so that you have enough energy to keep going in the long run.

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