Summer heat….but time to heat things up even more with your business!

When summer arrives, I tend to do what so many others do – go away on vacation with my family, enjoy the beach and/or the mountains, sleep in a little later on a lazy weekend day, or just spend time outside. However, when you run your own business, the work never stops. And when you take time off, the “payback” for slacking off can catch up to you in a hurry!

So, what is the secret to balancing your lazy summer days and your business that you know you need to grow? Plan it out!! Here is what I do so I can enjoy the summer and yet get my work done:

– I make sure I plan out a few weeks off during the summer but I always stay in touch with work. If we go to the beach, I bring my laptop (not to the actual beach!) and check my emails early in the morning and then later in the evening when the kids are worn out and ready for bed. I get the best of both worlds – I get some fun in the sun and I keep up with my work!

– I work harder on Mondays and Fridays so I can start my week off feeling good and end my week on a high note so I can relax some on the weekend. During the mid week, I still work hard but knowing I give that extra push in the beginning and end makes me feel better about everything.

– Spend time outside on your deck or by the pool and think about where you business is now and where you want it to be at the end of the year. This means looking at what is working and what is not and making changes so that by the end of the year you can be closer to what you want.

So, the key is balance. You need time off to recharge and enjoy life but you want to stay on your work so you don’t fall behind and play catch up all the time. Reward yourself after a hard day of work and do what you can to motivate yourself when you have a slower day. Either way…find ways that work for you and love your business…isn’t that the reason you started it anyway?


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  1. Jim – great post! I agree that it is so hard to come back after vacation. It it so nice to unplug and enjoy the day, but a quick review of emails early in the a.m and late at night is super useful. At some point in the last few days, I started to get excited for fall and back to school…not sure if it is because the school supplies are all out in retail OR I am simply craving a solid routine! Rachel