Launching a business is difficult and time-consuming work. It will take up a lot of your waking and most of supposedly sleeping times. True entrepreneurs take this in stride, refusing to give up until they have solved the latest crises, created a new idea, or made a new important connection. This is all well and good. Indeed, you must do this if you want to have a chance of success; but, today, I’d like to remind you of the importance of rest.
If you are constantly moving at a frenetic pace, you will lose your ability to see the big picture of your project. You will get so ingrained into the details that you won’t be able to see the forest for the trees, so to speak (pardon the use of the terrible cliché, but I challenge you to come up with something more fitting for this concept). It is at this point when you begin to make mistakes. You start pointing your business in the wrong direction. You become so focused on the day-to-day operations that you forget what your objectives are.
Take some time to step back. Read a book that has nothing to do with you business. Visit a new city. Take a bath. Whatever it takes to get away for a few hours or a couple of days. You may be saying, “But Em, I have a deadline approaching next week, and I’ve got to get this prepared for such-and-such investor, or I’ve got to get this secured with so-and-so landlord.” I know. I know. These things will not disappear, but if you take some time to relax, breathe, and get away from it; I promise you will come back “refreshed, replenished, and rah-rah-ing to go” (to steal a line from my all time favorite movie, Father of The Bride.!