It’s no secret that being a small business owner takes you through the gamut of emotions; from elation and pride to grief and fear. But what do you do when you sense the slipping-away of the most important emotions needed for running your small business – passion and drive? It was probably your enviable passion that first led you start your business, and your admirable drive that has brought you this far. And, if your business has a future of success, you’ll need your drive and passion firmly in place for years to come. But given that even the most fiery of professionals can experience a lull in their luster, we have some tips for how to keep the love burnin’ for your small business.
Break it up.
Your days (let’s face it – and many nights) are full, and it can be hard to carve out time to do anything but work. The upside? It often doesn’t actually feel like work, and you usually love it. The downside? Burnout can come on hard, fast, and without warning. Strive to incorporate some physical movement into your daily routine. A daily 20-minute walk can recharge your weekday energy. And on the weekends, try to find an enjoyable and non-competitive activity that allows you to simply have fun. And once you’ve gotten that down . . .
Say goodbye, at least for a week or so.
A survey by Xero of over 500 small business owners found that nearly one in four had not taken a vacation in 2 years, and over half hadn’t taken an extended break in over a year. Mindfloss.com reports that taking vacations can help reduce your risk of heart attack (by up to 50% for women!), make you a better boss, increase your productivity, and improve your overall quality of life.
And we don’t mean the ones you’re thinking of that include to-dos and expenses. Keep a list near your workspace of why you’re on this adventure. Make a list of inspirational quotes by people you admire. Create a fresh list of goals, both long-term and short-term, on a regular basis. Keeping these in a focal point in your workspace can help keep your centered and motivated.
Remember the difference between your home life and your work life.
Speaking of your workspace, consider creating yourself some differentiation between your home life and your work life by leasing a Phoenix office at Versant. Physically going to work in the mornings, especially when your office is one that’s as beautifully-furnished and technologically-modern as Versant, can give a fresh kick to your daily routine, and can help provide structure to your work day. Our day offices for rent in Arizona can offer you a vibrant and productive space that you’ll be proud to call your office. Whether for weekly meetings with staff or customers, or the place you commute to three, four, or five days per week, we can accommodate any workspace need.
Think beyond yourself.
Consider donating 5-10% of your monthly profits to a charity you’re passionate about. Knowing that with every business transaction you’re making a difference in a meaningful way can be incredibly motivating. Or, as an alternative to giving funds, consider donating your services or products to a charity, or else allowing you and your staff to volunteer a few on-the-clock hours a month at a worthy organization.
Preserving your passion for your this dream you’re building can be the key to its success. Using these tips, including a little extra help from Versant, can help drive you and your business for many happy years to come.