It's a holiday weekend and I must admit I am extremely jealous of all the office folk who left their offices early today to get started on a nice, long holiday weekend. I am not only open late today, but working the entire weekend. Monday is a holiday and out of habit I will probably work on Monday as well.
When I worked for someone else, I was one of those people racing to get out the door by 3pm on a holiday weekend. I also had no qualms about not actually doing any work and relaxing on a long weekend. Now that I work for myself and my income depends solely on my efforts, even taking a few hours off causes me great anxiety. I'm constantly stressed that if I stop to relax for even a bit my marketing and sales efforts will fall behind.
In my former life as an employee, I felt like I was living my life for the one or two vacations I took per year. Those were some of the only times I felt relaxed or like myself. Now, every day I feel like myself and feel like I'm doing work that makes me very happy and fulfilled, but it's impossible for me to shut down and relax.
If you've gone from employee to business owner, how do you relax when there's no longer a clock?
Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way.