Friday, January 27, 2012

If You Love What You Do...

...You'll Never Work A Day In Your Life!
I keep hearing about layoffs (Kraft), bankruptcy (Kodak) and work stress (everyone). Each time I hear of any of these complications I think of what a mixed blessing it is to be a small business owner. I mean, if there are layoff’s it’s not going to be you. It might mean more work for you; but as the owner of the business you are generally safe. You will be the first to know if you are going to go bankrupt and I'm pretty sure most people are unhappy at work because of their upward management or lack of ability to advance/make more money. As a business owner if you don’t like your boss we have bigger issues to tackle and I might not be the right person to help you, and if you want more money, the ball is in your court. But in saying that it’s not all fun and games. Work; even when you are working for yourself, can still be very stressful, cause aggravation, greying or less hair in general and in the midst of all this furry it’s easy to forget why you started up this business and how to enjoy your daily life. Open Forum by American Express published what is probably a repetitive well needed reminder of an article. They state 14 ways to make work more enjoyable this year. Even one way to make more enjoyable this year is good for most people! Take the click, head over to the article and try to make a promise to yourself to do AT LEAST one of these things! I’ll give you one, two and three. You have to go get the others!

1. Eliminate stresses, especially the little ones. Remember that book you all have heard the title of, but may not have read? “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff….(and it’s all small stuff!!)”. Maybe cliché, but it’s true. In the grand scheme of things, how important are the nuances that creep up on you and cause you aggravation? There are lots of tools out there, use them! The thing you hate doing most…there may be an app for that. Tired of phone calls today? Let the machine get it and get back to them. Is your ‘to do’ list harassing you? Stop writing one, find another way to stay organized. Just letting the little things go can make you a lot happier!

2. Break some rules…not laws…rules. Who says you have to open at a certain time?  Who says your menu or distributor can’t change? Tired of the same old uniform? Get new ones, let them be brighter or more interesting. Admit you were wrong or don’t know something or don’t have something….and join a blog! Some down time, reading that is applicable to your industry, interesting to tell your customers about, a place where you can talk to people who do the same thing. Get a break, and some insight at the same time. I know one you’ll love…this one!!

3. Focus your time and energy. Know what you have to do and get to it! Your day will go faster if you aren’t hemming and hawing over decisions you have to make or trying to decide what to do next or which job to tackle. Make a decision and stick to it. And for those of you who aren’t controlled by or aggravated by lists already, it really is a great way to stay on top of things.

Head over to Open Forum for the rest. It's a quick read and I think you might just walk away with an idea or two. Give it a try, what can it hurt?!

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