Awards & Engraving

August '19

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3. When you say you're off the clock, take time off. Connectivity is a blessing and a curse. It's easy to quickly "check on something" on days you've designated as time-off — or worse, on sick days — but if you've told people you're taking time off, honor that commitment to yourself. 4. Keep your social commitments. If you've planned to attend a friend's party, a family picnic, or a child's school performance, keep those plans. The shop will not likely implode if you aren't there. Even you deserve a vacation now and then. 5. Take care of yourself. A large of part of your personal health is getting sufficient rest, eating right, and exercising. If you already have an established routine of exercise or playing a sport, keep that routine. Try not to fall into the trap of eating fast food or skipping meals. Get a healthy amount of sleep every night. 6. Delegate and/or ask for help. It's important to distinguish between the tasks that only you can perform and tasks that you can ask someone else to handle. If you don't have any employees, delegating may involve out- sourcing relevant tasks to a third party or hiring someone on a part-time basis. Chances are you have someone in your life — or a few people — that you go to for help. It could be emotional, finan- cial, or strategic help, but they provide you with support, nonetheless. You might also consider finding a busi- ness mentor or coach. A good mentor guides you through the pitfalls of run- ning a business from their own unique perspective, which can save you time and money, as well as sanity. 7. Take periodic breaks during the workday. Occasionally step away from your desk for five or 10 minutes. Go outside for a breath of fresh air or a brisk walk, or grab a refreshing drink from the kitchen. Schedule 10- or 15-minute breaks in your calendar at specific times during the day. When you get the reminder that it's time to take a walk around the block, do it. 8. Don't be afraid to say, "No." This is probably the hardest lesson to learn, but it might be the most important. You will face clients, employees, part- ners, friends, and family who demand your time and attention for a variety of reasons, some valid, some not. In the case of the latter, learn how to gently but firmly say no. You might also consider finding a business mentor or coach. A good mentor guides you through the pitfalls of running a business. 78 • A&E AUGUST 2019

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