I am 100% guilty of working too much. I get up in the morning, see our boys off to school and get to work. I work on client projects all day and continue working on client or Sutton Creative Studios projects at night. It’s not uncommon for me to still be up at 2am working. It all catches up with me though. Yesterday was the anniversary of Dave and I meeting, and I crashed on the couch at 6pm. Happy anniversary, sweetie… Zzzzz… Business owners NEED to remember the importance of personal time, not just for themselves but for their loved ones and clients too.
I slept 13, yes THIRTEEN hours last night. I am completely refreshed and ready to go. The only reason I have coffee next to me is because it’s habit. I sit here thinking about all the late nights I’ve worked, and while I admit I love my job, the importance of personal time has to become more evident in my life. I, and every other business owner, need to know when to call it a night (at a reasonable hour) to spend time with the ones we love.
If you’re not married or with children, the importance of personal time is still there. You owe it to yourself to get a hobby, take up archery or another sport, find a speed dating session or hang out with friends. Yes, the deadlines will always be there, but taking personal time is like pushing the refresh button. I am able to see my business from a distance, and the big picture becomes a lot clearer. No longer is it rush rush rush to get this one task done before moving on to the next task. Rather, the map is up on the wall and, while casually sipping from my coffee cup I can check out the different routes to the final destination.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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