Down time is really important when your business is starting up. Especially when, in starting, your business is your side gig. And you pour all your energy in to making your business successful, because it’s like your kid, and you’ve struggled to bring it about. Your heart and soul is wrapped up in your business, because you know, with enough TLC, your business will no longer be your side gig. Then you can quit your day job and start pouring all your time, not just your energy, into pushing your baby to it’s next peak.
But not allowing yourself downtime can make your business a nightmare. So this is what happened to me last Fall. I thought I was going ok on energy levels. I was vending events, website was up, I was recording YouTube videos for weekly blog posts. Then my energy bottomed out. I did too much and didn’t allow my brain to take a break. Compounding this was my inherent introversion, which I hide well because I genuinely like people and do well with connecting with people in small groups and one on one. But I am an introvert, and did not take that in to account when scheduling, vending, recording, and blogging.
So I burnt myself out and hid in my house for 10 weeks. And spent a very happy ten weeks organizing and cataloging my library. Yep. I am and introvert AND a book geek. And when I slowly started emerging from my groundhog like hibernation, I started planning my upcoming year. Part of that plan is this blog. Posting every day is a challenge. But equally challenging is making sure I don’t burn myself out again. Allowing myself to enjoy Monday night dinner and game with my family and Sunday morning dance practice with my sisters and not feeling bad that I’m NOT recording or writing copy or sewing. It is the little things that keep you going when you want to hide.
So when you are starting your business, especially when it’s your side gig, and time is that oh so precious commodity, don’t lose sight of the things you love, the little things that matter, and that ultimately keep you focused on your goals.