When is it OK to be a Lazy Entrepreneur Without Guilt? Is it ever really OK to take your foot off the gas when you are creating entrepreneur success that is riding on your efforts?
Another few questions to get your wheels turning – Are you working your entrepreneurial business in order to live life in a certain kind of way?
Do you have a realistic measurement system that allows you to see progress beyond just the financials?
Hopefully I’m not shooting myself in the foot by saying this – but I’m a big fan of taking lazy time. If you were to research and study some of the most successful entrepreneurs in history, you’d find that all had a great deal of leisure time in their schedules.
Have you ever had the experience of trying your hardest to remember something and you just can’t. Then you finally give up and focus on something else. A few hours later EUREKA! You remember.
Imagine that same brain process in business development and creativity. You take your foot off the gas – give your entrepreneurial brain a rest – and behind the scenes something magical occurs.
When asked to describe me, many of my closest friends mention the tenacity with which I pursue a goal or work through a project. I am generally scene as the antithesis of lazy. Yet I regularly give myself permission to slow it down. I certainly have learned to take the time to be in IN my life, not just watching it from the sidelines while I work my tail off.
I take vacations and turn off all electronic communication. I spend summers with a great focus on my child, and reduce my content production and email communications. I maximize my work time by focusing on the main income producing activities which in my case is time directly with clients – while clearing space to be a lazy summer Mom with my kid.
You might find a great sense of relief and joy in designating lazy time and reveling in it. Building a business as successful entrepreneur is hard and time consuming work. It does not have to be constant – 24/7 – day in and day out – for your efforts to yield great rewards. Your brain cells will thank you for the downtime with an increase in creativity and exuberance when you re-engage!
“Lazy” is not a negative thing for entrepreneurs. Instead it’s akin to a summer’s day as kid, laying on your back in the grass imagining shape and animals in the clouds. Get Lazy. Get Happy. Get Results.