It’s Good To Take A Breath and Appreciate Your World

Tom CoffinsmartPRENEUR Blog Series

Do you pride yourself on being a work-aholic?

Your typical day starts before the sun comes up. You didn’t sleep well last night because your mind was racing with thoughts; things to accomplish, goals to smash, phone calls to be made, designs to do.

Do you often say “I can’t, I’m too busy?”

Busy for the sake of being busy is not going to get any more done and never feels rewarding. Perhaps some help with planning would benefit you. To win you need to be efficient and effective. If this describes you perhaps read the many smartPRENEUR Blogs that speak in and around the subject and also consider reaching out to Chris Smith. Chris is an EOS expert and perhaps if you are feeling a little stuck he can help you.

What about the family?

Family time is crucial to a good mental state. Spending time with your spouse, kids, parents provides an endorphin rush like nothing else. Afterall the reason you are working so hard is to provide a better life for your family, right? 

Vacation Anyone?

Do you take regular vacations or weekend getaways? Do you mandate that your employees do the same? Recharging your engine has huge pay-offs. Turn off the phone. Don’t read work emails. Let everyone know you are unavailable and off the grid. You’ve built a great team around you. Let them see you trust them. They’ll have your back. And, likewise you’ll have their back.

Stop Worrying and Start Living

I’ve advocated for certain books in many of my smartPRENEUR Blogs. If you haven’t read How to stop worrying and start living by Dale Carnegie, check it out. He provides great insight and a plan to help you get there.

Learn to Relax, Enjoy Life

We saw the generation that brought us the industrial revolution work their fingers to the bone 6-7 days a week. 40 year olds looked like they were 70. Early baby boomers followed suit. The latter end busted their humps chasing money, not so much physical work but lots of hours on Wallstreet and such. The Millennial generation and Gen Z have a much more relaxed view of work. They typically are not excited about a 40 hour week vs a 30 hour week.

I am being very stereotypical and generalizing in order to get my point across. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, they say. Work-Life balance is the most important trait one can have in order to enjoy life to the fullest, my opinion of course. It took me a long time to come to that conclusion. I hope you get there many years before I did.

It is important to work hard and smart. It is important to play hard. It is important to love and be loved.

Here in St. Pete, Florida Life is Beachy! Every week I need to get some sea water and sand in between my toes. I love watching the wildlife from Gators to Turtles to Ospreys and Bald Eagles to jumping Mullets in the lake. And, of course, having a refreshing beverage at one of the local outdoor establishments on the water is a great way to enjoy friends and family.

Have fun, work hard, be cool. See you next time.

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Tom Coffin

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Tom Coffin is CEO/President/Co-Founder of Simply Reliable. He has owned and operated companies in retail, security, Audio/Video, Systems Integration, and Home Automation product manufacturing sector.