Emily Kristofferson

Does it feel like you are on Survivor in your business?

I just got back home from a camping trip. The weather was horrible! It was very windy, rainy and cold but we had a great time. I always want to go camping again when I get back home. I love being outside and it feels like a real break from everyday life.

While we were there, my son commented that it felt like we were on Survivor. It did, especially when we had trouble getting our fire started due to the winds but we had comforts that are only rewards for the castaways.

Luxury item (to make hot tea which helped to keep us warm)

Luxury item: to make hot tea which helped to keep us warm

fire toasted marshmellow

Our reward: fire roasted marshmellow

Our shelter

Our shelter

I have been a big Survivor fan since the very first season with Richard Hatch. My son saw some of the challenges this year and he could watch them again and again but has no interest in the “talking” (politics).

There have been times that I have felt like I am on Survivor in my business. Always in the game!

Have you felt like you are on Survivor in your business?

  • Work needs to get done, time flies by and you miss meals.
  • You don’t shower and get ready for work every day.
  • You don’t have regular downtime away from your business. (Maybe you are on working on weekends.)
  • You aren’t connecting with family or friends regularly.

Just like Survivor, having your own business can be an exhilarating ride with lots of challenges. However, I am learning more and more that great success requires downtime. Breaks provide me with increased clarity.

Schedule yourself a break from your business. Put it on your calendar and let your clients and team know that you won’t be available. You don’t want to wait for a medical emergency to take you out of the game.

Here are the steps that I took:

  1. Communicated the dates to those who would be affected.
  2. Put it on my calendar and on shared calendars.
  3. Sent out reminders with a deadline for any final requests.
  4. Gave myself permission to take the break and enjoy.
  5. Practiced present moment awareness (which was easy to do in nature with my son).

I am looking at my business with renewed energy and I am looking forward to the next camping trip!

A friend of mine reminded me that entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. If I want to stay in this game and win, I need to step out of it every so often and recharge.

Tell me how you recharge in the comments below!

 

our fire

We had fire!

beach

Our beautiful beach

Another view of the beach

Another view of the beach

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Robin Mann May 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

That is just too ironic that this came to me today. I AM EXHAUSTED and realized I had not stopped working, travelling or meeting up with friends and family since March 1st. Everything I have done has been wonderful but no down time makes for a weary traveler. Down time I think is as important as actually sleeping. I MUST learn to add this to my day. Thank you for the reminder!!!

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Emily May 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

Interesting timing, Robin! I have found that a break helps me enjoy the good even more. Thank you for sharing. To be successful, you just can’t be on the go all of the time.

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