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Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #45

30 Jul 2013 Uncategorized

My first job out of high school was as a bill collector over the phone. I know, I know…but it paid well, and I managed to make it through a whole year without jumping off a bridge. Every day at 11:55, we heard a loud whistle over a loudspeaker, then we knew it was 12 noon and time to stop down for an hour. We hated this, but now we know that scheduled breaks make us more productive. Most days, I make an appointment with John to have lunch at a certain time, and I stick to it. Set up your own “whistle” of some sort, and leave your office. Eat a leisurely lunch, then come back an hour or so later. You are your own boss, after all! Think about this: Working through lunch will eventually result in burnout, which leads to lower sales, anxiety and even health issues. Online sellers in China are actually dying from overworking. Your business will not suffer if you are gone for an hour. Instead, it will flourish.