Taking a full on 100% break from my business has always been a problem for me.
Sure, I would book my holidays and got to unwind after a day or 3 while I slowly detached from my business.
That part went OK-ish.
Going back to work was the major problem!
It would take me weeks to feel like I was back on track and into a flow that felt good for me. I could never figure out why this part was so hard. I had become self employed to enjoy my life, right?
It turns out that taking a break is not a solution that works for me (or most other serialpreneurs). Running a business that doesn’t suck energy suits me so much better. By replacing my focus on enjoying 100% of my (business) life I no longer need to take a break to recharge.
I do still take little breaks, will go out to a restaurant for lunch, or even turn my laptop off for quite some hours if I go to a party or take my son swimming. This is actually the time that I come up with the most creative ideas (which are then scribbeled on the nearest iPhone or piece of paper).
To make sure that I keep enjoying my (non)working I simply ask myself:
What is it that I need today?
And then I listen to what comes up.
As a sole proprietor in the Netherlands it is a a must to keep track of your time if you want to be eligible for the self employment deduction: lowering your annual profit with 7.280 Euro (ever single year) if you have worked at least 1.225 hours on your business(es).
Aside from keeping track of this for your income tax return it is also a fabulous habit to develop if you want to work more efficiently and aligned with your Soul Feelings.
Simply add a ‘type’ of task to your overview (date, amount of time, description of task) and you can filter out how long you are spending your time with tasks you absolutely LOVE, and what should go asap.
Last year I really noticed that I was spending way too much time on email. A solution could have been that I simply asked my VA to take over more emails, but time wise you are not saving anything then.
So, I sat down and took 5 minutes to filter out what type of emails we most often get, plus another 5 to make a bucket: a list with anything that comes to mind. A big fat blurrrrr of solutions, thoughts, etc.
I literally just write everything down I can think off within that timeframe and don’t stop to overthink. It gives you THE BEST INSIGHTS! For me that came in setting up an automated email reply in which we cover the most asked questions, a Q&A page on the website, and made a welcome package for all new clients with all general and important information.
It reduced our emails by 30%
When you are running a smaller or even solopreneur thriven business it is important to have a solid support group on your side to help you out in hectic periods and with unexpected challenges.
It will save you a lot of time and stress in periods of need. Do you already have your support team ready?
Here’s a little checklist for your to go over and complete (for the area’s that match your business):
0 Personal Back Up (who takes over when you are sick/ longterm absence);
0 Ad Hoc help for busy periods;
0 Last minute baby/ pet sitter;
0 Personal care assistance (GP, physiotherapist, emergency dentist);
0 Business coach/ senior in your field.
0 IT hardware/ software support (what happens when your pc crashes);
0 Website/ hosting support;
0 Bank/ Paypal/ Payment support;
0 Insurance contact person;
0 Business lawyer/ mediator;
0 Tax advisor/accountant;
0 (Dutch) translator.
0 ANWB / garage / car and transport assistance.
Feeling like there is something or someone important missing? Let us know!
Wishing you a lovely week,