Have you heard the new phrase being bandied around the small business bingo sheets?
It’s ‘weisure’ time – a mash-up of Leisure and Work, to describe all those moments in the day when you are supposed to have switched off from work, but your mind is still fully focussed upon everything that has gone on during the day, and everything you have yet to fulfill for tomorrow.
Annoying, isn’t it?
Sometimes it can feel as if work is a virus spreading through every fibre of your being, impossible to escape. It can seem a bit like those first heady days of falling in love when you run your own small business – your mind is constantly occupied with thoughts of it, you get butterflies when things progress…and you can’t switch off.
The bad news is, we need an element of psychotic obsession to make our small businesses work well. The good news is, we can learn to manage our thought processes and approach to ensure that we don’t become completely absorbed in work to the extent that nothing else seems to come close to distracting us.
The following tips are designed to help you switch off at the end of your working day, to prevent you being one of those small business bores that people don’t like inviting over for dinner…
OK, it may sound boring and fastidious, but having a strong list of tasks which you refer to each day and maintain on an ongoing basis is the one thing which will stand between you and weisure meltdown. If you don’t keep track of everything which you need to do each day, you have to store it in your mind instead of on paper, which can take up valuable thinking space which could be used for other things such as having a conversation with your family, or enjoying what you are having for dinner.
Enhance Your Administration
Keeping on top of paperwork is a great thing to do, even if you are the sort of person who would rather stick pins in yourself than wield files and staples to get to a state of order. When you have a great filing system in place, you save time each day by knowing where everything is. If you spend a little time every morning, for example, putting things where they belong, logging the work you have done and keeping abreast of invoices and bills, your mind will be freed up from that endless feeling of mild anxiety that stops you from concentrating on leisure time when you close the office door each evening.
Outsource Out-of-hours Work
If you find yourself working longer and longer hours, it’s worth remembering that you can outsource some work to people who can do a better job than yourself. Instead of spending time maintaining your blog or writing articles, pass the work over to an expert who will be happy to do the tasks you loathe for a small fee. The time you get back will be well worth the investment, and you’ll finally get the opportunity to switch off at the end of the day. Really savvy business owners outsource to people in a different continent, so that they can do the work while you sleep – a perfect solution to not getting enough leisure time!
Work To Set Hours
It’s important to be disciplined about your business. If you got up each day at a set time, applied yourself fully to your task list, and didn’t get distracted, how much more productive could you be? Make a pledge that you will switch down your computer at a set hour each evening, and walk away from your business until the following day.
What do you do to ensure you switch off from working on your small business?
Please share your tips and ideas in the comments below.