Back To Basics

The At-Home Version

Yearning to get away from it all but can't? Take time out to read the following tips on how to lead the simple life without putting distance between yourself and your business:

  • Quiet time. Sometimes it's hard to find, but experts advise making room for it. It can be as simple as going to a nearby lake at noon or getting in a workout at the gym when it's empty. "Entrepreneurs need time to reflect on their business and where it's going," says Charles Matthews, an associate professor of strategic management at the University of Cincinnati and director of the Small Business Institute. "Find some time every week to get away."
  • Break the routine. If it's all getting to be too much, Matthews recommends doing something out of the norm--even if it's only for a few minutes. Take a brisk walk, pick up the kids from school--whatever it takes to recharge your batteries.
  • Home front. Setting up an office at home for, say, working occasional mornings there, builds flexibility into your schedule, provides more quality time for you to spend with your family and keeps you out of the hectic commute. One caveat: Be sure to establish ground rules with your family first.
  • Get away. If you can take a true vacation without any distractions, do it (and tell us how). If not, work a few hours of play time into a business trip or designate certain hours to take care of business when you're vacationing. It's all about defining your leisure time, not letting your business define it for you.

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Back To Basics.

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