It's easy to get so wrapped up in your business that everything else in your life falls by the wayside. If you find yourself in that predicament, it's time to step back and look at your life as a whole. If you are just starting a business, make sure you know what you're getting into. Is it time intensive? Will it interfere with your current relationships? Will you be able to shift some of the burden to employees or outsourcing as the business grows?

At first, you will need to spend more time to research and develop your business, but that should only be for a period of weeks or months, not years. While you're in that intense time period, be sure to take a break once in awhile. Here are some suggestions.

  • Take a walk, workout, go out for lunch or otherwise get away from the house/office for at least a half hour a day.
  • Keep communication lines open with the important people in your life and listen to their suggestions, even if you don't use them.
  • If you tend to be a perfectionist, go easy on yourself. Be careful to set reasonable goals instead of impossible ones.
  • Take mini-vacations of a few hours, a day or a weekend to just relax.
  • Get involved with other people, even on a limited basis. Join a club, take a class, volunteer at a community group or church and enrich your life.
  • Laugh. It's a great stress reliever. Watch a funny movie, read jokes or get together with someone who makes you laugh.

Remember that the people you love and who love you are far more important than any amount of money or success. If you succeed in a business at the expense of your relationships, are you really successful? Be careful to always know your priorities in life and reassess them periodically.


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