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Running a business is tough so you need to take personal time to boost profits
When you start running a business, whether it's online or offline, you will need to always take some personal time if you really want to boost your profits. You can't work 365 days a year and think you're going to be as productive as you possibly can, it doesn't work like that, so you'll need to work in some personal time each month.
You can work 16 hour days, but if you work too much you'll get burnt out, and that means you just won't want to do your job anymore no matter how much money you're making. There's no such thing as someone working 12+ hours a day, 5 days a week, and is completely stress-free. You will always need to take a couple days off in a row, take a long weekend, or take a vacation in order to regroup or re-energize yourself for better work productivity in the long run.
You can't work 60 hours a week and be stress-free
I work full time online and don't really track how many hours each week I've been doing stuff to push my company towards success, but I know internally when I'm starting to hit my limit because I start getting stressed out really easily. I will try to balance my work and family life, but if I'm putting in extra hours each day, it will always stress me out because I always have family obligations that need to be attended to. If I can't attend to them, I start getting stressed, but I do know I'm working longer for a reason.
Instead of working 12 hour days, 5 days a week, try working for 6 days a week and doing 10 hours each time. You will be amazed at how much stress is lifted with just those 2 extra hours each day.
You need personal time to regroup and re-energize
Think of yourself as a battery that gets depleted over time and needs to be recharged, because that's essentially what you are, and you need time away from work to power your cells.
If you're working a lot each week, take a long weekend to get away with your family, or just go somewhere on your own if you don't have a spouse or children. You just need to regroup and re-energize, so do something you want to do, and you'll see your productivity will be doubled at work when you do go back
Overworking will burn you out quickly
Working 16 hour days isn't something people want to do, it's something they have to do if they want to be successful, and that's why we do it all the time. The downside of this is if we're not successful quick enough, we'll get burnt out, and that essentially means we don't want to do what we're doing anymore and want to quit.
You never want to hit this point because you'll see that nothing is working and you want to stop, but you never know how much further away success is, and that's why you need to keep pushing. It sounds sort of backward, but you need to take personal time and stop working if you want to make your work more successful
You need a team in place to take over
Not having the right people in place for when you take some "Me Time" will just increase stress levels and you will always think of what needs to be done when you do start working again. Instead, make sure you have a team of people to pick up your slack while you're gone and you won't be stressed when you're out of the office or AFK (away from keyboard).
Just go on a vacation already!
Not many people plan vacations anymore, and that's usually due to work habits, but it needs to stop right here. You should just go on a vacation if you've been working long hours and busting your butt!
You'd be surprised how much more successful you'll be after you come back from a 4 to 7 day vacation You need personal time to regroup and re-energize, so take some time for yourself and go to the lake or to an event and have some fun. Try not thinking about work when you're on vacation or taking a weekend off, you need time to yourself in order to be more successful later. You don't want to burn out do you? I didn't think so! Go on a vacation already!
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