Working for yourself is very rewarding but if it was easy everyone would do it!
People always say to me that I am lucky to work for myself and be my own boss. I always disagree with them and say that this has nothing to do with luck at all, it’s through sheer hard work.
I used to work a regular 9-5 job, I had 30 days a year holiday and when 5pm came I was free to do whatever I chose until 9am the next day.
Working for yourself is a very different world – I would like to point out right now that I am not saying that I miss the 9-5 job I would not change what I have for anything, I love what I do.
Working for yourself does not have 9-5 hours – sometimes it can be a 2 hour day and sometimes it can be a 12 hour day. The thing is though, is that anytime to spend on your business is your money and not some big boss.
I regularly work 10-12 hour days and sometimes weekends – because of the job I do, sitting behind a computer screen for this number of hours can be very tiring and is not very good on the eyes or other health reasons. You should really have a 20 min break for every 4 hours behind a screen. I know this but I don’t do this – what then happens over time is that I become tired and and my anxiety kicks in.
So as it’s a new year I have decided to change things and the way that I work.
I don’t mind getting up and logging in at 7am nor do I mind working until midnight (I actually work better in the evenings)
What I do need to do is give myself some periods of time away from the computer during the day.
I have decided to set up another business – I know you are probably thinking!
“What the hell?”
“You just said that you don’t have enough time as it is, are you a fool?”
No I’m not and I think I have been quite clever!
I have set up a dog walking business – yes you heard me right “a dog walking business”
The reasoning is simple:
- I love dogs
- I’m getting away from the computer screen and also getting fresh air
- I am improving my fitness and eliminating health issues
- Because I have dogs booked in it means that I have to do it – no excuses
- I am still getting paid for the time away from the computer
I plan to do this for 3-4 hours per day – this means when I get back to my desk I am fully refreshed and ready to crack on because I have had “Headspace”.
I can completely switch off for a few hours.
It is still in the early stages but from the few hours I have done I am seeing a big improvement in my sleep and ability to concentrate.
I am sharing this with because as I mentioned earlier I suffer with anxiety – my anxiety is triggered with lack of sleep, my sleep is disturbed because I don’t ever stop to unwind or relax – I don’t switch off!
If you are reading this and are seeing a similar pattern to your life maybe you should look at doing something that you enjoy, that you can be paid for as a sideline to divert your attention somewhere else for a while.
I’ll let you know how it goes!