When I first started my business, I knew that I was going to have to work hard if I wanted to succeed. In my mind, hard work equalled success. So, as long as I worked hard then I'd be successful in what I did. Looking back that's quite naive. I'm not saying that hard work doesn't equal success but "working smarter", although a cliche, is a quick lesson I've learnt.
It's not about giving less effort, but using the time that you have wisely, and recharging when you need it. Of course it's easier said than done, especially when you're busy and stressed. But I now find it's essential when running a successful business.
I remember when I took my first holiday break when I started my business. It didn't feel like a typical "relaxing holiday". I'd be checking email 24/7 and responding to work calls each day. Big mistake!
So here are 3 rules I have put in place which have given me greater clarity, improved my creativity and refreshed my thinking:
Now, when I go on my summer holiday, I take time away from work. There is a clear distinction between work time and down time, and it feels great!
I'm back, recharged and ready for my most successful year ever!