As a recovering workaholic the best thing I can do for my business is get a good night's sleep.
Did you know that Harvard did a study and found that you boost your creativity by 33% when you get a good night's sleep?
Getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night can cause premature death, it also increases your chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.
So living longer, being more productive and creative - is that worth a few extras hours a day to you?
I never get more done than after a good night's sleep. But how many times have I started to work again at 10pm after my kids are in bed and work until 1 or 2am only to get up again at 7am. Is this you? I can tell you, it's not worth it.
Some small business gurus will spout you have to sacrifice to become successful, working 60-70 a week. But I'm here to say if you don't take care of yourself, you are not going to be healthy or happy enough to enjoy that success. Is success, money in the bank only? Is it worth it no matter how exhausted and non-present you are during the day? Let's face it, if you are running on empty because you were up all night working - how enjoyable are you to your family the next day?
So let's talk about those sacrifices:
1. Your health should not be laid on the alter of your business. Take care of you, sleep, eat well, walk, get out of the studio. Working 24/7 will not lead to success, it will lead to burnout.
2. Cut out TV or limit it to the weekends when you deserve some down time.
3. Sacrifice being the perfect mother/wife - other people in your family can do dishes, wash clothes, help cook dinner. A few dust bunnies will not kill anyone. Let go of standards of perfection and focus on the things that make you happy.
4. Sacrifice your freedom for a schedule - set up work hours and stick to them - do not go online, do not answer the phone, do not do the dishes or run errands. If you have 8 hours a week to work - then work them, don't waste that time doing anything else.
5. And finally - how much time are you spending online, really? How many blogs, tweets and Facebook status are you tending to? Keep track for a week, I mean minute by minute. There is a limit to what we can do and social media is rockin' for promoting your business. But I venture to say if you are spending more than 2 hours online a day, you have found the place where you can trade in some time for those zzzz's.
Listen to this podcast with a top Etsy seller who downsized to find balance and happiness.