Have you ever read about those entrepreneurs that work for 80 hours per week. Does this sound appealing to you? Let’s just think about what that would entail. There are 168 hours in the week. Take away the obvious big thing which is sleep, and let’s be reasonable, 8 hours a day is probably not going to happen but 7, how does that sound? 168 (total hours) minus 49 (sleep) equals 119. 119 (remaining hours) minus 80 (working hours) equals 39. 39 divided by 7 (days) equals 5.5hours left per day.
Working 80 hours per week and taking the above into consideration means you would have five hours (and a bit) per day to fit EVERYTHING else in life into your day. That includes eating, showering, and anything else you can think of.
This is not the kind of work-life balance we aspire to have at Established By Her. We value our time away from the office because for us, we benefit from having a focused work ethic, which includes healthy motivated stress, inter-departmental discussion and idea generating sessions, that are offset with meaningful and vital recovery time.
Productivity…. Add this.
In Nick Hall’s fantastic audible book, I Know What to Do, So Why Don’t I Do It? He explains in great detail how we all need periods of healthy stress in our lives. He’s not advocating the kind of debilitating stress that causes illness of course. Hall discusses the kind of stress that motivates us to succeed. The stress, or force, we need to drive us to produce amazing things in our personal and professional life. Whether that be a physical achievement such as running a marathon or in a creative sense like developing and managing a digital marketing strategy for your business.
All work and no play comes to mind.
Whether you are a business owner who employs a large team or if you’re an individual managing several aspects of your company alone, just remember to take some time away from your responsibilities. When you step away from a problem and immerse yourself in something completely different, isn’t it surprising how quickly a solution can present itself?
“WORK LIFE BALANCE IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT OR BENEFIT. YOUR COMPANY CANNOT GIVE IT TO YOU. YOU HAVE TO CREATE IT FOR YOURSELF.”
– Matthew Kelly, Author