A lot of times we feel guilty when we stop what we’re doing and take care of ourselves. As entrepreneurs, we pride ourselves on “working 80 hours a week to avoid working 40”. We skip vacations, work holidays and weekends, and late nights. “Whatever it takes” to get ahead, right? If we aren’t working harder than the next person, we may be perceived to be less motivated or hard working. We may even seem selfish for taking time off when the rest of the team is burning the midnight oil.
But taking care of yourself – taking time off when it’s needed, spending time with your family, etc. – shouldn’t be seen as selfish. Actually, I’d argue that it’s selfish to not take care of yourself.It is selfish to not take care of yourself. Click To Tweet
Think about it this way. We all know we should get 8 hours of sleep every night so that we have energy to do the things we need to do the next day. So, if we decide to work till midnight, then wake up at 6am to start the day, we’re not getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Our batteries haven’t fully recharged, and we’ll crash part way through the day. We’re less productive when we aren’t fully rested, so even though we put in more hours the day before, we’ll end up accomplishing less.
The mindset of slow is smooth, and smooth is fast works here too. If we try to get everything done today, even if it means working till midnight, we won’t be able to get as much done tomorrow. If we get ourselves into a pattern of long hours this way, we’ll end up being less productive overall. So, everything will take us longer to do.
Slow down, take a break. Take care of yourself, and everything else will fall in place.
That important project will still be there tomorrow. It can wait.