The Importance of Play as an Entrepreneur

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As entrepreneurs, it can be easy to be so focused and driven in our business, we forget about the importance of taking time to play and do things that nurture our spirit.  I know the first few years of being self employed, I worked 70-80 hours a week and it was hard.  I was tired and frustrated and I didn’t seem to be able to make the shifts I really wanted to in my business.  Growth was slow and painful.  I was in survival mode and it was hard to feel creative and inspired in that space.

I started to look at how I wanted my life to look and what it would take to get there.  I realized I really really wanted more play time.  I wanted a motivating factor for working hard and I decided I needed to get up earlier to make that happen.  I wanted to be able to be done with my work mid-afternoon so I could go out and enjoy the rest of the day.  I also wanted to reserve weekends for play and family time.

I started getting up earlier and I would end my work day mid-afternoon.  I was so much more productive in those early hours and having that desire to play and enjoy life, made it easier and easier to stop working in the afternoon and do things I loved outside of my job for the rest of the day.  Because I was more productive and I had motivation, it became easier and easier to cut back on my hours and make sure play happened.

I now work three days a week, except for emergencies, and I have all my nights and weekends free.  I guard them with my life…because my life depends on it.  I have increased my income tremendously making about three times what I was making when I started playing (and with only working about 24 hours a week vs 70-80).

Never underestimate the value of play and enjoying life.  You must live in the flow to be in the flow in all areas of your life and that includes business.  This requires balance, dedication, commitment, motivation, presence, and play.  You must play.

What have you done to play lately?

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