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Work Hard, Then Play Harder!

If you are like me, you work hard and you play hard!

Every one pretty much knows that working hard is the key to building a Successful Business.

However, playing hard is the key to lasting in Business!!

Now your kind of play may be different from mine. My play is Travel, fun weekends and spa days!

Today I want to challenge you to play as much as you work. Being a Child Care Business Owner can drain you physically and emotionally. Furthermore, if you have been a Child Care Business Owner for at least 3-5 years, you may have already experienced burnout!

Several weeks ago I was inspired to plan a spa trip to one of my Favorite cities; Chicago! So I went on-line and googled the words: Spa in Chicago. After lots of research I chose a spa!

Four days before I wrote this blog post, my husband and I checked into the Dana Hotel and Spa. After my spa day, shopping, sight-seeing, fine dining and getting lots rest; I feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the upcoming Business Week.

Before I took a 4 day trip to Chicago, I was very tired and fatigued. In fact, my body was yelling..”Its time to rest Shiketa! **Always listen to your body and follow your intuition.

I am so glad that I listened to my Body. Now I am a happier Business woman and I am ready for a week of Working hard and having fun!

Are you working too hard? Is it time for you to take a needed break? Are you easily agitated? If you answered yes to at least 2 of the above questions, It’s time to Play more and cut back on working hard!

A tired Business Owner has very little creativity and is un-inspired. A Rested and revitalized Business Owner is creative, excited and inspired!

Are you having difficulty managing your time or finding balance between home and your Business? If so, Contact me today for a one-hour coaching session.


How to Prevent Burnout

It is common for childcare providers to hit burn-out. In fact, many childcare providers hit burn- out and begin to lose interest in their role as a childcare provider.

There are many reasons why providers will hit a season of  burn-out including: working 12- hour days, caring for a variety age group of children, not taking enough days off and many other reasons. Whatever the reason may be for burn-out, you know you are at a point of burn-out when the passion that you once had for your business is starting to fade away.

There are many steps that a childcare provider can take to prevent burn-out and they are as follows:

  • Only conduct childcare business during the hours that your business is open, with the exception of routine store errands.
  • Relax when the children are resting. This include reading a book or listening to relaxation music.
  • Plan your day and don’t overload your day with a long to do list. Do what you must do today.
  • Get 30- minutes of excercise a day. Exercise helps the body to naturally fight off stress.
  • Have fun with the kids.  Tip: 15- minutes of pounding and squeezing playdoh is a stress reliever and it gives you a mental break.
  • Take a 1-week vacation a year or several 3-4 day weekend vacations a year. A vacation is a great way to take a break from the business of childcare and it will allow time for more creativity to flow for new childcare business ideas.
  • Schedule regular Pamper me days such as: monthly massage appointments, nail salon visits or spend a day with your friends at the mall for some retail therapy!

The tips above are simply suggestions and are meant to help you to avoid burn-out. When you choose to start incorporating many of the suggested tips above, you will last longer as a childcare provider and you will have more fuel to feed your passion for young children. 

Shiketa Morgan

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