Are You Taking Advantage of Your eStatus?
By Jane Atkinson
Are you taking advantage of your eStatus?
My friend Tina, a fellow entrepreneur, had a rough week. She had not received a large contract that she was counting on. Her business is new and she has been working her butt off for months.
After her disappointing call, she decided to take the next day off and during her day of pampering and yoga she had an epiphany. She realized that she had been so focused on the business, that she was forgetting to enjoy the fact that she was an entrepreneur living her dream. No more 9 to 5, no more 30 minute commute, no more crazy boss, no more wearing pantyhose.
Tina was taking her eStatus (entrepreneur status) for granted.
Have you ever lost yourself in your business and forgotten to smell the roses of being self
Sure, there are some headaches and responsibilities that come along with your own business BUT the payoffs are most gratifying.
For me, it comes in the form of Fridays. I take most Friday’s off. That’s how I remind myself
that I’m running my business, not the other way around.
Here are a few questions to see if you are taking advantage of your eStatus:
- What does your perfect business day look like? How often are you having them?
- How many ‘goof off’ days will you take this year? Shep Hyken calls them ‘work free’ days and
where his goal used to be to speak 100 times per year, now his goal is 150 ‘work free’ days per
How often are you taking advantage of the fact that you work for yourself? This might come in
the form of scheduling a massage in the middle of a workday, or doing something spontaneous with your loved ones. My Dad is turning 80 this year and when he called on a weekday afternoon to go for maple syrup in the country, I said ’sure’.
We can work ‘in’ our business, we can work ‘on’ our business, or we can simply take time ‘away’
from our business. Chances are, the break will do us good!
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