Our businesses occupy a large percentage of our time, being self employed is a different world from being employed. With most employed work when you clock off you can go home and relax until the next morning.
Self employment, running your own business, means many hours outside of the actual working day spent on paperwork, purchasing, quoting, or even just thinking about everything. I've also spent a lot of dreamtime at work too!
I relish this about running a business, I love being consumed by it, I think we all do really because we come onto LJN to share our experiences and knowledge too.
Having said that I also think it's important to have interests outside of work. I am in the process of restoring a Hayter Osprey lawnmower
It's not that removed from the business but it's a different activity that takes my mind off of work. I like machines and engineering there is a very satisfying feeling from getting something working again, or fixing something on your own just by thinking about it and applying ideas.
Apart from this I have a keen interest in tattoos (as you can probably gather from my photo) I have a couple of friends that own a studio and I spend ages getting a design together then I go over and spend a few hours getting the tattoo done and generally having a laugh, It's a great process, every couple of months I get an urge for another one. Getting to that point again now actually.
I also enjoy driving, on a Sunday we usually go out as a family for the day and the best bit for me is always the drive. I like going out for meals with my fiancée when we have a night off from the kids, I have an interest in history and astronomy which I have had since I was a child, There is a 15" dobsonian telescope which is the size of a wardrobe which occupies one of my sheds and is awaiting a refurbishment.
A lot of my time is spent on my computer, I'm a bit of a geek really, I also enjoy reading too although this is usually done at bedtime and i end up falling asleep after a couple of pages so one book can take months for me to read, this also results in me getting told off by my other half nearly every night for falling asleep with the light on... she loves that!
So what do you do to take your mind off of work and let off steam?
Try not to make me feel guilty by telling me how fit you all are, going to the gym, jogging etc. I get enough exercise at work, In the evening a light stroll to the fridge for a beer or two is all I can muster!
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