Business Guilt August 19, 2015 13:30
Have you ever been in your business and your spouse calls and says “you’ve been at work for 12 hours when are you coming home?” You catch yourself glancing at your watch, and it is 7pm and you’re not even close to getting done with your workload. You say to your spouse “I’ll be home in a little bit right after I finish a few more things.” When you hang up the phone, you wish you could just throw your hands up and walk out to see your family, but reality sets in. How will the bills be paid? Who is going to pay my mortgage? How can I buy supplies? When will I have the time available to see my children and my sweetheart? You decide to complete one more task and head on home.
You are so happy on the drive too soon see your family after a long day of work. You are greeted with smiling faces, hugs and kissing and a reheated meal that was prepared over 3 hours ago, but nonetheless you are happy to be home. As soon as you sit down to start eating, you start to think about all of the things you didn’t complete today. Only if you could have stayed at work for just another hour or two you would have been done.
Here it is.
There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and guess what? You are not the only one out there that feels guilty when you are at work that you are away from the family or when you are with the family that you are not at work. Without you knowing it, you have two spouses, and one is work, and one is your wife/husband. I’m sure you hear it all of the time, and you want to cringe when someone says “I clock out at 5 pm, and I don’t worry about anything when I’m at home.”
As a business owner, it is very difficult to leave your challenges at work. The great news is there are hope and a solution to our constant guilty feeling. I will share with you the secrets that I’ve heard over the last 20 years from other small business owners that have worked for them and myself. Keep in mind this is NOT a cure for Guilt, but only a treatment for the guilt.
Live in the moment!!! When you are at work focus, 100% being at work by listening to every word that an employee, customer, supplier is telling you. You can do this by telling a team member, can you please watch the phones for me for the next 3 minutes while I speak to our customer, etc. You have your spouse call you every day at a prearranged time to a 30minute notice that it is time to leave. This will prevent your spouse from feeling that he/she is pestering you at work or reduce your frustration that you are being interrupted from completing a task. The 30 minutes gives you the time that you need to start finishing up your tasks.
Lastly, when you are at home, imagine that if this was your last minute or an hour on earth would you listen to everything that was being said by your wife/husband and your beautiful children? Take a deep breath and smell the wonderful food on the kitchen table, the smiles on your children’s faces and just absorb the whole experience as if you were a sponge.
Live in the moment and your business guilt will be gone!!!!!
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Joseph Semprevivo, MSIRE
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