Saturday, July 10, 2010

Finding Time for Play

Sometimes it is far too easy to work the entire day away. An increasingly large number of people in the spiritual community are becoming self employed, and with that comes a rather large blur between work time and free time. All too often we can intend to just finish up a bit of leftover work and end up working right through our weekend.

This isn't such a bad thing when we are just starting off or are launching a new product, but if it becomes a pattern it can negatively impact your life. Balancing work and play can be one of the hardest things for a self employed person to do. Since we now make our own schedules rather than have someone else tell us what to do and when to do it, we must develop a tad more discipline to have a fully balanced life.

If you find yourself working more than you or your family feels is healthy, then set scheduled breaks into your day. You are much less likely to feel guilty about taking time out if it has already been planned. Make sure to take at least one day a week off, and have a relatively standard time at which your work ends for the day.

Obviously with a small business of any kind, but especially ones that involve helping so many people there will be blurred boundaries and it is best to be flexible. However if you do try to find time to play you may come to realize that you can have as much of both as you'd like.

Grant Virtue

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