MN Business Tip Of The Day: Take Time To Unschedule

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January 27, 2014 ‐ By Michelle Alerte
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If you’ve ever fallen into the hole of entrepreneurial work-a-holism, Neil Fiore’s book, The Now Habit, may have just the thing to help you learn to enjoy guilt-free play.

For many business owners their minds are working 24/7, churning over marketing ideas at lunch, brainstorming a new product while out with friends, and responding to customer or employee needs while lying in bed. This sort of continuous stress can lead to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. It is just as important that an entrepreneur be “on” as it is to learn to stop and smell the roses.

To help you learn to slow down, Fiore’s Unschedule requires that you only block into a calendar previous commitments (meetings and appointments), free time and leisure, exercise, and routine events (commuting and classes). This is meant to help you reward your hard work with mandatory scheduled free time that, having been written in, can be enjoyed guilt-free. You may not want to use this technique all the time, pulling it out once a week allows you to maintain a space for relaxation and enjoyment at least one week a month. During that week indulge in your scheduled play-dates, whether with yourself or with someone else. Taking the time to de-stress will not only make you a better business person, but will also lessen your chances of turning into the Hulk over small or insignificant infractions.

You’re friends and family will thank you.

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