If you’re a small business owner I welcome you to give your comments and feedback to this article below. When was the last time you took time for health and the holidays? No, I don’t mean taking a couple hours off on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day before hopping back on your laptop to “answer a couple emails.” I mean a whole day. Yes, an entire day devoted to either your health or a holiday. Taking time for health and the holidays is vitally important to your well-being.
To the international business owners, I don’t know how the healthcare system works in your countries. As an American, we face (plenty of) our own challenges. Healthcare is not socialized, and often small business owners choose not to be insured due to the high cost of insurance. For example, when setting up our own independent health insurance last year we were faced with the questions “Do we, or don’t we, add maternity care to our health insurance plan?” It was going to be an extra $1,800 a month. We thought we were finished trying to add to our family, so we opted not to add it. Little did we know our daughter, Nevaeh, would be added to our family just a little over nine months later. GULP.
Many business owners stall hiring help for what feels like an eternity. Unfortunately, when sickness pays a visit there is nobody there to help. The solo business owner feels pressure to continue working, and often his/her illness lingers on for days longer than it should of because of stress. Does this sound like you?
Taking time for health and holidays gives your body and mind the necessary stress relief is needs to maintain (better) health for the rest of the year. Think about it this way: Do NFL players play all year? No! They get a (short) break between the end of their season and the start of training. Do MLB players play all year? No! They also have a break between the end of their season and the beginning of Spring Training. Does this mean they don’t exercise during the off-season? No. Conditioning is necessary to stay in shape, physically and mentally.
As small business owners, we may not make millions of dollars like the superstar athletes, and we may not have an extended off season. However taking time for health and holidays is as important for us as it is for them.
This Christmas and/or New Year, I encourage you to give yourself a break. Put your feet up for the day, watch an all day marathon of Austin Powers, Fast and the Furious, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, and enjoy your time with friends and family. I guarantee in 30 years you will remember the days you took off more than you remember the days you worked.
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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