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Are You Addicted To Your Business?

February 27, 20245 min read

You know that thing that happens when you're watching the Chase in the evening, and then the commercial break comes on, and the first thing you do is reach for your phone? Well, that's a habit you have formed and it's become so ingrained in you it's now second nature. We don't want to admit we've fallen victim to this, afterall, by now we all know everytime we do it our data is being sucked out of us, but, we do it anyway.

Well, business is just like that. As business owners, especially in the early days, you get caught up in getting things off the ground, or when you're growing, various projects and strategies come along that you need to get over the line and during those times, you need to work harder, longer and faster than ever before.

But it's what you do when those projects and strategies have ended and calm has been restored. Do you recognise that you have fallen into a habit, when you stay late each night in your office telling yourself and your family you are busy when actually, it just no longer feels normal to switch off at 5pm? This is something I feel every business owner needs to be mindful of. Being true to yourself and answering honestly, have I just become addicted to my business?

When I have projects or my business hits a growth spike, I find myself working late into the evenings and over weekends, and it's hard to switch off but it's necessary and it's temporary, or at least, it should be. But I have noticed that when I've completed that project or the growth spike has settled and everything is in order, I'm still sitting in the office late at night and reaching for my computer during those ad breaks. Why? Because I've become addicted to my business. I have allowed it to take over and it's become all encompassing. Recognising this trait and correcting it as soon as possible is the only way not to fall victim to it in the first place.

Boundary setting plays a big part in running a business, not just boundaries on what you are and are not willing to accept from customers but boundaries you need to put on yourself to prevent procrastination and being unnecessarily busy on purpose. It's about recognising what and who is important in your life and only compromising on those things when you have to, like getting a project over the line.

Do you have boundaries in place? Have you even thought about it? Have you just gone blindly into your business accepting that you're going to be working all hours and that's what it takes? Or have you sensibly set boundaries from the start, something you might have thrashed out with your partner to ensure that it fits around your life together whilst allowing you the time and space you need to grow your business?

For business owners, the ability to delineate between work and personal life is not just a matter of personal well-being; it's a strategic imperative that influences the overall health of their business and the quality of their relationships both in and out of the office.

Why Boundaries Matter

Boundaries serve as a protective barrier, safeguarding business owners' mental health, enhancing productivity, and ensuring the longevity of personal relationships. They are the unsung heroes in the quest for a balanced life, allowing entrepreneurs to manage their time and energy effectively. Without clear boundaries, work can easily consume every waking hour, leading to burnout, a decrease in productivity, and strained personal relationships.

Mental Health and Well-being

The correlation between well-defined boundaries and mental health is profound. By setting limits on work hours and ensuring adequate time for rest and relaxation, business owners can significantly reduce stress levels, prevent burnout, and maintain a healthy mindset. This not only benefits them personally but also sets a positive example for their employees, promoting a healthy work culture.

Boosting Productivity

Contrary to the belief that more hours equal more output, the reality is that productivity thrives within well-defined boundaries. Knowing there is a time to work and a time to rest enhances focus during work periods and increases efficiency. This disciplined approach leads to higher quality work, as it allows for full engagement during work hours and complete disengagement during downtime, fostering creativity and problem-solving.

Strengthening Personal Relationships

Boundaries also play a critical role in preserving and enriching personal relationships. By clearly marking work time and personal time, business owners can fully engage with family and friends during their off-hours, strengthening bonds and building a support network that is crucial for navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship.

In essence, boundaries are not about restricting freedom; they are about creating space for all aspects of life to thrive. For business owners, establishing and respecting these boundaries is essential for sustaining success, maintaining health, and enjoying fulfilling personal relationships.

So, next time you notice that you're sitting at your desk telling yourself you're there because you need to be when really, you just felt you needed to fill a gap, to bridge the silence, remember this analogy: It's about not picking up your phone during the ad breaks but turning to the person you love instead and telling them that.

I hope this resonates with you. Drop me an email to chat about it more if it does. [email protected]

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Lisa Tennant

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