Consider that, better than 90 percent of new businesses fail within the first five years of operation. It stands to reason that those who succeed are doing something right. Aside from a hefty amount of business know-how, the most successful business people have one thing in common: They know how to turn it off.
You may think that the key to a successful business is putting all of your energy into the venture 24/7. You’d be wrong.
Here are 10 tips from those in the business world who are sitting on top of the mountain that you’re still climbing:
1.Make Time for Family and Friends
The view from the top can be a lonely one. It’s an old adage, but a true one. Why? Because people who ignore friends and family along the way to the top turn around to find that they have none left. Spend time with friends and family on the weekends.
What you choose to do is up to you. The act of exercising can help to clear your mind and, with that clear mind, come up with new and innovative ideas. Whether you hike, bike, walk or swim, do something active.
It takes some getting used to, but disconnecting can do you a world of good. Don’t send yourself into tech withdrawal by disconnecting for the entire weekend, but do spend at least a few hours without your phone glued to your hip.
Everyone has a passion, even if they haven’t found it yet. Find your passion and pursue it on your off time. You can create beautiful works of art, or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Doing something completely different from your business activities can be the refresher that you need.
Getting away from it all is important, especially if you work from home. You don’t have to take a vacation every weekend, but the occasional road trip will do you good. The best tip: Pick a spot you’ve never seen before.
It’s not to say that you should live surrounded by filth, but give yourself an hour to clean on the weekend, do it, and be done. if the only thing that you do on the weekends is household chores, you’ll soon find excuses to avoid it: like work.
You don’t have to spend your entire 48 hours of free time working for no pay, but you can spend some of it lending a helping hand. Serve meals at the local food bank, clear your elderly neighbor’s driveway, or walk dogs for the neighborhood shelter.
If the thought of joining a league or team seems like something that will add more pressure to your life, don’t. But do find a way to get out and play. Grab a Frisbee and your son and head to the park. Take the football to the high school and toss it with your friends.
Meditating is the act of quieting the mind. It can be great for you once you learn how to do it properly. You can take a class, read a book or watch a video. Meditating takes practice but, once you understand how to stop thinking, it can be just what you need to recharge the batteries.
Take time on Sunday to plan your week. Don’t dedicate more than 60 minutes to the task, but a clear plan will make your week go more smoothly.
The most successful business people know that they can’t be all work, all of the time. Spend your days off doing anything but working, and you’ll go back to the grind Monday with a clear head. No matter what it is that you love to do, make the time to do it.