It’s been a very busy summer for me. My PR company signed a bunch of new clients, ran several big campaigns and completely redesigned our website. Also, my 2 little kiddos have summer off from school so, in addition to running my company, it’s been a whirlwind of summer camps, soccer games and playdates.
Needless to say, I’ve been stressed out more than a few times since summer began.
I think one of the traits that all entrepreneurs share is the desire to accomplish as much as possible in one day. I know that I try to do as much as I can to make my family and my clients happy, but there does come a point where you need to step back before you burnout. I call this the “Entrepreneur Time Out.”
When a child throws a tantrum, a common parenting technique is to send them off for a time out, so that they can calm down and come back in a better mood. In the same way, taking an Entrepreneur Time Out during your day- whether it’s for 30 minutes, 1 hour or a whole evening- will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
A Time Out is also a great way to help clear your mind if you’ve been tackling a problem for awhile. Next time you’re struggling for a solution, go for a walk and get some fresh air. When you come back to your desk, you’ll find that you’re able to see things differently and can come up with exciting solutions you hadn’t thought of before.
And don’t think that a Time Out is your chance to do other chores you’ve been putting off. This is your opportunity to do something that you love that makes you feel good: reading, going for a run, playing board games with your family, etc.
Remember the point of a Time Out is to make yourself feel better- not worse!
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Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies.
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