The Myth of Work/Life Balance: How to Make Vacations Work for You

The Myth of Work/Life Balance: How to Make Vacations Work for You

We hear a lot about work-life balance these days: from parents, colleagues and, well, anyone with a job. There seems to be this belief that work and personal life are completely separate and should be kept so through rigorous scheduling. It implies a "punching of the time clock" mentality in which a worker has set hours on the job that they happily leave behind at the end of the day.

I don’t know about you, but I have never experienced this type of employment, and increasingly, find that my work life and home life have completely melded into one another. When work is no longer confined to an office, when we are in constant contact with clients or when your colleagues are your friends, the lines become blurred - if not nonexistent. Instead, parents now bring their children to work, companies maintain virtual offices and friends start businesses together. More than ever, we are in charge of our own calendars on a daily basis, which is why scheduling down time is so important.  

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What Can a Retreat Do For Your Business?

What Can a Retreat Do For Your Business?

(Editor's note: this post is a collaboration between WeddingIQ's co-editors, Jennifer & Kyle!)

We hear all the time how important it is to be the leader of our businesses, to think strategically and focus on big-picture stuff rather than getting mired in the day-to-day tasks. This advice is the cornerstone of a couple of our favorite business books, including The Four-Hour Workweek and The E-Myth. Still, as a small business owner, actually investing time in planning and goal-setting can be easier said than done. Big-picture thinking doesn't make us money in the short-term (although it's essential for profitability in the long-term), and it's hard to push away from the computer and the phone.

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5 Signs You're Burnt Out...and 5 Ways to Fix It

5 Signs You're Burnt Out...and 5 Ways to Fix It

Burnout. It's something literally everyone on the planet experience at some point. Unfortunately for business owners, we don't have the option of just phoning in an average job performance when we're not feeling a spark, nor can we count on paid vacation days and sick days to help us get realigned. (Yes, one of the benefits of self-employment is a flexible schedule; however, we all know that entrepreneurs work harder and longer than most people with "regular" careers!)

Any time you're feeling unfocused, unfulfilled, exhausted or just plain blue, your business is going to face a consequence. And while we all have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps from time to time, eventually the ennui of burnout will catch up to us on a larger scale. That's why it's important to identify the signs, and head it off before it catches up to you in a big way.

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Why Aren't You Taking More Vacations?

Why Aren't You Taking More Vacations?

I saw a really sad post on Facebook a while back. A colleague of mine that owns her own business said that she was envious of all the vacation photos people post online and that she hadn't taken a vacation in a long time. She implored her Facebook friends to let her know how this could be accomplished, citing that vacation means losing precious jobs and money. I have owned a business since 2001 and have taken trips 3-4 times a year. I am the sole business owner and admittedly do most of the work. I could easily work all day, every day, yet somehow I manage to travel more than the average person. Below are some tips to help you plan your next getaway.

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Scheduling Personal Time Before It's Too Late

Scheduling Personal Time Before It's Too Late

So I've clearly neglected this blog, and have been lying every time I've said I'd post over the past couple of months. Maybe I should feel bad about it, as I’m generally someone who tries very hard to keep her word, but to be totally honest, I don’t.  It was a short week, I’ve been juggling an entirely new routine, and I realized my readership would probably be way down the day before Thanksgiving.  So, I chose to take my time in shuttering my business for the holiday, to enjoy my babies, and to relax in knowing that it was up to me whether or not to write.

That brings up a topic I’ve been thinking about, though: how important it is for small business owners, particularly in an industry as draining as weddings, to take the personal time they need.  

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