One day a few months ago, Gayle and I looked at each other and agreed that we were completely exhausted. We tried to figure out why we seemed so totally worn out, and then we realized…..we had not taken a day off in over 3 weeks.
The nature of our business means that, from March through December, we work every Saturday. And this year, we worked Sundays as well. ”Why didn’t you just take off days during the week?”, you might ask. Well, we tried…but when you work from home, it’s easy to think of the million and one things that need to get done, and then decide just to sit down for a few minutes and answer e-mails, which turns into 4-5 hours of work, completely negating the planned day off.
Working 7 days a week takes it’s toll – physically, mentally and emotionally.
More importantly, it’s bad for a business and personal life. It can have negative effects on your immune system and memory.
Just taking the afternoon off, or having an extended lunch break doesn’t give the rest that is needed to refresh and repair from hard work. Full concentrated days off are required.
The proven benefits of taking time off include:
- more energy
- better sleep
- stronger immune system
- increased concentration
- enhanced problem solving abilities
- greater efficiency
- evened out emotions
- less pain
Who wouldn’t want more of that in their life?
To that end, we have decided to make a concerted effort in 2013 to take two full days off in a row each week. We look forward to seeing the benefits that this time of relaxation will give us.
How about you? What are some things that you are wanting to change this year? Leave a comment and let us know.
Marshall Wearing Gayle's Shoes
Quick! Look at your feet. Do your shoes look familiar? Are you sure they belong to you? Today is “Put on Your Own Shoes” Day. When Gayle and I read this, we thought it was quite funny – who else’s shoes are you going to put on? I certainly don’t look at my feet each day and wonder who’s shoes I’m wearing…..most of the time they really are my shoes. In fact, for my entire life (so far) every time I have noticed they have been my shoes.
But then we really go to thinking about it (which can be dangerous) and decided that you can interpret this day in many different ways. The interpretations that came to mind for us related to our Natural Skin Care Business, Glynne’s Soaps.
Sometimes, when we look around at other soapmakers, natural skin care companies or just other local businesses and it can be difficult not to compare what we do with what they do. And then we begin second guessing our choices. ”Maybe we should be more like ABC Soap Company or do more of what XYZ Skin Care does.” But those choices aren’t right for us and what we have committed to do as a business.
Yes, we could make fun, easy cutsey shaped soaps in neon pink that smell like strawberries (melt and pour soap is easy) – but they wouldn’t fit with our need to create all natural soaps and they certainly wouldn’t be high quality. These soaps would not be great for your skin and they definitely are not environmentally friendly. That is what we have chosen to make only 100% All Natural Skin Care Products (Soaps, Lotions, Lip Balms and Scrubs) as our business model – those are our all natural shoes, and we love them.
The next time you think that you should go against yourself, or get away from what you know to be best for you just to be more like someone else, think about your shoes. We’ll guarantee that your shoes will feel better and you’ll be able to do more wearing your shoes. Trying to fit someone else shoes is much like Marshall trying to walk in Gayle’s shoes! No one was comfortable and undoubtedly not much walking (read production) could be done.
So today (and every day) do what we’ve done – Put on your own shoes and walk your own path – in the long run, you will be better for it.