This is so important…I’m re-posting…as a
reminder to us all!!
One of the most common challenges for business
Owners is the feeling of total overwhelm; so much
to do and so little time and resources available.
And for many of us, summer often brings sheer
The kids are off school for such a long time, how
will I get any work done at all?
Once again, I’ll end up feeling like I can’t
quite do anything properly. And I do want to
enjoy the extra time that I have with the family
but I have to get SOME work done; it’s completely
As I started thinking this through, I realised
that this is not just a summer time issue. This
is really part of the life of any business owner,
especially a Mom working from home.
How do we balance the demands of family and home
life with the needs of our business?
How do we balance the passion we feel for our
work with the tendency to get simply exhausted by
how much others seem to need us?
I realised that the list of survival tips that I
had thought about for my summer with the kids was
just as relevant for entrepreneurs in business all
So this week I want to share with you my 10
Terrific Tips for Summer Survival, the the all
new version –
’10 Terrific Tips for Entrepreneurial Survival!’
Here they are:
1. Breathe Deeply – Always a great way to start
to de-stress and think of positive actionable
With your own business, you sometimes don’t
notice the stress creeping up until you feel
completely overwhelmed…just breathe!
2. Think back to when you were a kid – remember
how you felt on that first day of summer vacation.
Your passion and excitement for your business can
be quickly and easily rekindled by thinking back
to that moment when you decided you would do this,
or a specific moment when you see the benefits
your client got from working with you
3. Allow yourself feel the freedom of summer –
decide how much you want and need to work.
Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you
have to work night and day. Actually it’s the
opposite; remember why you wanted to do this,
create your IDEAL lifestyle starting RIGHT NOW!
4. Create a Calendar for the summer – seeing it
mapped out really helps!
If you’re not working on a daily, weekly, monthly
plan – well, you should be, take the time on a
regular basis to plan your up and down times –
it’ll totally transform your productivity
5. Schedule Summer Activities that you can sign
the kids up for.
Schedule your activities that you need to keep you
on track – appointments with the people who
serve your business; web designer, accountant,
6. Schedule down time, home time for the kids
too! – remember they’re on vacation!
Schedule your time with your family and friends;
make the extra effort to create that quality time,
not just functional time. You’ll see what a
difference it makes to everyone!
7. And don’t forget time for yourself…just
because the kids are home more doesn’t mean you
can’t fit in time to work out, see friends, or
just read a good book.
You should have daily and weekly activities that
feed you. For me it’s Zumba classes, they keep me
fit, sane and happy as can be!
8. Get out into Nature, take the kids on a hike,
cycle or run…just get them out, away from TV
screens, Facebook, computer games and mobile
phones – and that includes you too!
Yes, turn them off. I mean it, at least one day
you should forbid yourself from checking
email, facebook or any other technology enhanced
device – why, because you’re worth it!
9. Repeat no. 8 on a weekly basis! And include a
picnic every now and again!
Like that great movie, where the hero gets led
out of his office by his new love to the park
across the street, she takes off his shoes and
socks and makes him walk barefoot…well, you too,
grass or sand – get your toes tickled as you eat a
delicious picnic somewhere in nature!
10. Accept that it’s summertime and that means
that you will probably work less but not
necessarily achieve less. Let it go, relax, enjoy
the opportunity to spend more time with your
family and find this new balance. The quicker you
accept the shift to summertime, the more you’ll
This is a shift for life! It’s your business,
it’s your life – create it exactly how you want
and make it great!
I’m just signing off now, to make the food for
the picnic, and gather everyone up from their
various activities. We’re heading to the beach
with some friends.
Why not share a survival tip of your own, right
And have a great summer!