You’ve no doubt heard the cliché “Work hard, play hard.”
Like most clichés it is very true.
Many entrepreneurs know this for a fact. They work incredibly hard at their business, night and day it sometimes seems. But they also take time off to play just as hard.
Now many of us mistake the Play Hard part of that phrase to mean getting dirty, sweaty or inebriated.
You don’t have to drink, gamble or play football to play hard.
Instead what it means is that you put as much of yourself into playing as you do into working.
It’s completely ineffective to think about work when you’re taking time off. Just as it’s completely ineffective to try to work when you need a break. There is great power in being able to give whatever you’re doing 100% of your energy and attention.
I believe there is no balance. That’s because nothing is ever equal.
And there is no in between. Whether you are working or playing, you need to give your full attention to whatever you’re’ doing.
If you’re unable to concentrate at work, you need a break.
The key is to integrate these breaks into your work day. That way, you never get to the point where you feel burned out, stressed or out of balance. Here are a few quick tips to help you out:
- Plan time off.
- Evaluate your life now. Are you stressed a lot during work? Then what do you need to do to change it?
- Review how you presently spend your time.
- Eliminate time suckers and unimportant tasks.
- Get outside help managing tasks.
- Prioritize your time with business growing tasks.
- Make a list of things you want to do that are fun.
Finally, become aware of how attentive and energetic you feel. If you find that you’re struggling to find motivation and enthusiasm, you made need to re-evaluate.
Make changes. Passion and enthusiasm are key ingredients of the entrepreneurial mindset. Find yours, hold onto it, and renew it regularly with time off.