Ever felt like every day you are in Juggle Street?
Like you’re being pulled in every direction by your team, your clients and your family?
Exhausting isn’t it?
As women in business, we often put the needs of others in front of our own and this can lead us to a dangerous path – starting our working day when everyone else finishes theirs.
Before you know it, you’re back on your computer after dinner, trying to work through that never-ending to-do list of yours.
Just like our client *Sally (name changed).
Sally was exhausted.
And on her way to burn-out.
Having experienced rapid growth in her business, the systems and structures hadn’t grown quickly enough to meet demand.
And one of the symptoms Sally experienced was sifting through hundreds of emails at 10 pm most nights.
She was feeling resentful because all she wanted to do after the working day was meant to end, was to make a cup of tea, grab a block of chocolate and watch her fav show on Netflix.
And stuff slipped through the cracks. Everywhere.
Which added to her anxiety and overwhelm.
If you’re like Sally burning the candle at both ends, it’s like going to the gym twice a day to work out.
You might think you’re helping get better results by putting in extra hours.
But all it does is put stress on your muscles, joints and bones.
If you want to see improvements in your physical shape, you need to have recovery time.
The same is true for business owners.
If you want to experience peak performance – for yourself and your team then you need to switch off at night.
And it’s not just me recommending this.
A study by Stanford University Economics Professor John Pencalve found that productivity declines sharply when a person works more than 50 hrs per week.
After 55 hours, productivity drops so much that putting in more hours is pointless.
Those working 70 hours per week get the same amount of work done as someone working 55 hours a week.
Crazy talk hey!
If you want to get out of the busy trap and move away from burn-out so that you can experience the freedom of time outside work, where you can switch off and recharge, then here are a few tips to get you started:
- Keep a record for a week of your working hours. Scary I know, but you need to see the reality of the situation you’re in.
- Decide on a hard cut-off time where you turn your phone and computer off for the night – no exceptions. (There are heaps of apps for your phone and computer that help with this!)
- Make time to communicate this with your team and your family and ask for their support to help keep you on track.
- Get the support of a coach if you get stuck.
Ness is a Coach and Mentor for women in business. With extensive experience in executive leadership, she started her own professional coaching business 7 years ago and since has worked with women to help them create business and financial success on their terms.
Ness is obsessed with helping women break the cycles in business that hold them back from creating profitable businesses they love, without having to sacrifice time or life.
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