Business is Business of course, but is there a time of the day when you Stop discussing
Business, and think about other things like LIFE, Family/Friends???
Is it always in the back of your mind being Self-employed--- think think think and talk
Do you and can you put Business aside when you get home, even if your office is at home???
Is there a CHILL TIME ??? and not when you take Holidays...
I'm afraid i wake up in the middle of the night and nearly fall down stairs tripping over my dressing gown belt because I've had a thought and I really need to draw what i've just seen in my minds eye......In fact I've a lower draw filing cabinet full of doodles, concepts, ideas that just require the correct client.
So in answer to your question, from me is no I cant switch off because if I did I afraid that I might lose focas on acheieving my persoanl goals....and todate I've acheived 50% of what I set out to do when I made my personal targets.
Saying that though I'm having a day off tomorrow so I can see what my rock (Lizzy) looks like....just because I'll be out and about does'nt mean I wont be looking for ways to create and play with materials....
I love what I do and cant help myself......the clients seem to enjoy my fire which is portraded in my gardens.
i can - but sometimes , its hard to switch back on again ....
i get going about 4-5pm some day's ;).................. im warmed up then !
i do lots , sailing, meals out with friends / famil(ies), listen to music, cooking ....... (doing my house up at the moment too which i sort of enjoy organizing , choosing products/materials/colours )
i love food shopping when i have 1/2 day spare and have many, many interests ................
working on some jobs is the most relaxing thing i do though , or my own garden. /p>
to be totally focused and motivated I believe you have to think about business the majority of the time, its not just planning the job in hand and organising materials etc its the next couple of job I am planning sub consciously too
lets not forget some jobs have to be planned with military precision due to the location or bad access and no room to swing a cat round ***(see foot note)
family time....absolutely that's the most important bit, we always make time to sit down and eat our evening meal round a table and discuss what we have done that day, we all work hard and reap the rewards of what we all contribute into our family
chill time.....yeah of course there is but i don't spend it chatting rubbish in a pub or getting that drunk I miss work the following day
most of my friends are in business and we are all very similar
No harm was done to the cat whilst writing this post :)
I 'work' or think about work most the time, but I don't find it a problem.
My day is quite loose and I choose to walk the dog in the morning with my husband and we talk about what we hope to achieve that day. This discussion time is good for both of us, each in our own businesses - he's a freelance photographer and we both work from home. Even when I'm really busy, I don't work beyond 9pm at night and always stop for a proper lunch and dinner.
In a few weeks time I'm taking a 'holiday' to Japan, travelling on my own with a personal itinerary specifically to look at Japanese gardens and to catch the cherry blossom. This trip is on my bucket list! Work or play?
When I see clients at the weekends, I balance it by seeing friends during the day in the week. I think I work the same amount as others, but not necessarily in set blocks of time. Seeing friends and family is a great pleasure and just as important as my work. I have friends who have salaried jobs, and they think about work out of hours as well.
I'd say the only time you can really switch off is when you are asleep.
There's always something to do whether its inside or outside and the "to do" list never gets any shorter.
The busier you get the more the old grey matter is constantly working through all of the elements of your business and hopefully bringing some order and discipline to all of the tasks in hand.
Family, friends and a spot of R&R are also very important and I'll always try and find time for all three.
Call me a saddo but we (Mrs Hand I) are going on holiday at the end of next week and we have set aside time for some business development and planning which starts on the drive up to Scotland.
My thoughts are always about how to market the business, how to organise it better and how to improve profitability. I am thinking about it from the moment I get up to the moment I go to sleep but not in a stressed way. I always keep a note pad and pen so I can jot down any ideas.
Have only just join ljn and its turning out to be a great little site , but hearing most of you talking about not being able to switch of has been of great help, there was me thinking i was the only one, i must be strange , do other people think like me.
There was me thinking i was out there on my own with the rest of the tumble weed blowing across the plains, only to find other people talking like me.
If your not passionate and driven by your business, whats the point , yeah its good to have a bit of down time, but what's better than that buzz when you win that contract, the smile on your face when you do a great job and the customer loves it.
Ok going on a bit now, think you get the point