The Idea

When I first thought about starting a business I had ideas about how it might work, I imagined a queue of clients knocking on my door for our services, of lots of time for me to enjoy some of my hobbies, I also (naively) thought about those nice long lunches in the pub and maybe doing deals on the golf course.

The Reality

The reality has been a lot different and I don’t think anything can prepare you for that gut knotting terror of not always knowing where the next client or project is coming from or how to know the best time to take someone on, taking the risk of trying to grow or even that feeling of stepping outside your comfort zone on a daily basis.

So, how do you relax?

Which brings me (ramblingly) to this question: How do you relax? What do you do to stop the guilt of not checking your emails whilst you are on the sofa in the evening, trying to get a few emails sorted 1st thing on a Saturday?  And there are people out there that tell you how they never do this and even a few that have made careers online by saying this and other equally contrite stuff.

My reflections have led me to expect that sometimes you just have to and its ok, if by checking in and getting on with some things helps you to focus on “non-work”, then maybe that’s not so bad.  I try and play golf and get to the gym, I like to walk the dog and leave my phone off or at home.

I have friends, who I love dearly, but they ask what you have been doing over the weekend or out of normal hours and you say working. You see them raise their eyebrows and tell you to not work so hard; but they don’t get it, only other business owners really do understand.

In the early days of QBH, I joined a local networking group which introduced me to people like me and it felt really good to share these stories and experiences.  This is where I met Wendy from The Holistic Home, who by the way offer some great de-stress packages especially designed for people in business, check them out here: The Holistic Home. Wendy is one of the hardest working people I know and her determination to offer some great treatments was inspiring.  I met a lot of people at the group some of whom are still clients and friends.

So coming back to my question, I don’t think there are any right or wrong answers; you have to do what you think is the right thing to do for your situation.  Maybe pick two or three things that work for you and turn your phone off while you do them. For me it’s golf, running and the gym but equally sometimes it can be a film night on the sofa or a BBQ with friends.  Whatever you do, let us know in the comments sections and maybe share a few stories.

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