Not many people have the luxury of being allowed to revise their work schedules. However, self-employed folks do. But if you’re self-employed, do you take advantage of this luxury?
If not, then is being self-employed all it’s cracked up to be?
It’s a tough question small business owners need to ask themselves. But it must be asked.
A large portion of my productivity coaching client base is entrepreneurs. For the most part, the top three reasons they started their own businesses are:
- They had a passion for something that could earn them income.
- They wanted to set their own schedules and not be told by “the man” where and when to be somewhere and do something.
- They wanted to spend more time with their families.
Despite their dreams, Reason #1 isn’t happening as much as they’d like because they don’t know how to properly implement Reason #2. And because their heads are spinning, Reason #3 never happens. All of which defeats the purpose of being self-employed.
So why does this happen?
Quite simply, you’re in such a rush to squeeze in the next perceived important task or you fear missing the next big client that you never take a step back to write down your priorities and build your schedule around those.
It may sound counterintuitive, but you need to take time away from work at least once a quarter to go through that process. Taking two hours off from your phone, email, tablet, laptop and other electronic devices will open up your brain for clarity to step in.
With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, now is an excellent time to reassess what you’re doing in your business and if you’re doing what you wanted to do when you set out to start your own business. Take a look at your calendar. When will you schedule in this sanity-saving appointment with yourself?
Oh, and Happy National Revise Your Work Schedule Month!