Entrepreneurs Also Need An Off Switch

If you’re and entrepreneur, you probably read the title and thought, “That’s not what people on the internet say.” I used to think the same way because of my ability to run 500 mph — all day and night until I had nothing left in the tank. As an entrepreneur, if you’re trying to achieve your goal in a quicker time frame, then you’ll naturally have to work more. But I’d like to explain there has to be a balance in life and scheduled time off is not recommended, it’s needed.

The one thing I’ve always prided myself is on my work ethic. To work my way up to a successful entrepreneur- and still working- I had to put in the time and work. I was doing this 16 hours a day — 7 days a week — 365 days a year. Family members were used to seeing me walk into the gathering with my laptop and friends found it normal I was on calls and sending emails during our monthly meet up’s. If you’ve been on social media lately, this example would equate to a picture of a lion with the word “Grinder” on it. The simple truth is, while this type of grinding is beneficial to my success, it would also put me in a downward spiral of burn out from time to time. I’d go 2–3–4 days with out advancing because my brain was on vacation. Even when I tried to work, I just was not productive or creative enough. I believe there are 3 major factors to success: 1) Learning as much as possible as quick as possible about your industry. 2) Being Uber creative. and 3) Being consistent on how you operate. A random 3-day burn out not only hurts your schedule but can rob you of opportunities. This is what made me adopt a schedule that included some off time.

Where I’m still clocking in 16-hour weekdays, I now use Saturday as a full day off. Saturdays help me clear away the noise from the week while inducing ideas of creativity that come and go as they please. I focus on fun activities, spending time with others or spending time out in nature. Sunday’s are scheduled as half days. I start out the morning slow and calm but I end the night with some important emails, calendar checking and goal setting for the week. This helps me get a head start to my Monday morning.

Your off-switch-time could be anything as long as it allows some separation time between you and your work. No matter how hard you’re used to working, make sure to build in an off switch — at least one day of down time. Think of your body as this awesome machine running an electric current and your brain is the generator. If you’re not letting the generator rest it will burn out and burn outs can be costly to your success.