It’s no secret that if you want to be successful, you have to hustle. If you are trying to build a business, you should expect to put in long hours.
Unfortunately, this leads entrepreneurs to fall into a common trap: working too much. They are true workaholics, endlessly grinding away.
Believe me, I’ve been there. It is so easy to justify not taking time off: “There is so much to do! I can’t take time off or I’ll fall behind.”
However, what I have learned is that taking time off is crucial not just for your own personal sanity, but also for your productivity.
“You Cannot Go Hard Forever – You Need To Charge Your Batteries!”
This is because you will be the most productive when you take the sprinter’s approach to work rather than the “endless grind” marathoner approach.
The idea behind the sprinter’s approach is that you want to eliminate distractions and focus completely on your work for chunks of time. That way you will be able to apply the most strength and creativity to the tasks at hand.
Like a sprinter, however, you cannot go hard forever.
You have to periodically disengage completely so you can recharge your batteries and flush away the stress.
Here’s what this means for you: at least one time a week, take a whole day off. Nothing work related. Just do stuff that makes you happy. If you can, spend time with other people.
When you return to work the next day, you will feel good and be able to give your business your best effort.
I’m not the only one saying this: check out this great article by success coach Tony Schwartz in the New York Times:
Here Are Some Stats Released By NYTimes!
1. Harvard study estimated that SLEEP DEPRIVATION costs American companies about $63.2 Billion in lost productivity.
2. Simply Sleeping 10 hours a night, Stanford research Cheri D. Mah proves that she got male basketball players to improve their game by 9%!
3. In 2006, Ernst & Young did a study that revealed that for each 10 hours of vacation that an employee took during the year, their performance improved by 8%!
Bottom line: for the sake of yourself and your business, take a day off!