What they don't tell you about running your own online business, is the amount of time you spend with screens and computers, instead of human interactions. When I wake up, I sometimes find myself staring at the ceiling overwhelmed with the amount of goals to check off my list OR starring trying to figure what I should actually do that day. There’s no one giving you homework and telling you what to do. There’s no accountability. It’s your responsibility. I have had to check myself so I do not become a slave to social media and the opinions of others. I try and meet the needs of my supporters but I find that trying to sell something to them, has caused me to dislike using social media for fun.
I don’t work 9-5, but my income is not steady. I can go to the beach in the middle of the day, but sometimes I go to bed at 3:30 in the morning. Sometimes I have to remind myself to go outside and get some sunlight. Walk to the store so I can interact with other human beings. Take time to stop working and breathe. It’s an uncomfortable feeling to put in 18 hour days and not make any money. Or keep trying new things and still see nothing. Entrepreneurship is about taking risks. Sometimes you put out more than you give, and if you don’t have boundaries for yourself, you can lose yourself in this maze. So don’t think you can quit your job and do the least amount of work. You have to be intentional about separating your business from your self-worth. It is an exciting journey, don’t get my wrong. But it requires so much faith and trust in God and not your work ethic, so you are literally de-programming and unlearning the false values of our education system, and learning things God’s way.
So if you’re like me and you find yourself isolated from time to time, Or trying to figure when you’re going to have a girls night, hoping that you can go on a date, or just go out for a night and skate, just know that you need balance!
Take some time for self care and give yourself a time limit. Write your tasks down for each day of the week, and don’t go over it. Letting your mind and body know that this is still your job and you have a life outside of it.