Sleep deprivation – badge of honor?

Anyone who put in 70 hours week will be familiar with sleep deprivation, especially those young family with new born babies.  However, whether it is a necessity or not that’s another story.  For some of us, we can force ourselves to “buy” those extra time, so we can rest, and not sleep deprived.  If it’s a necessity then there really is not much we can do about.  What if it’s not?

Maybe the issue is deeper from just simply not having enough time to sleep.

A couple of things sprung into mind.  First, it’s a great excuse to make mistake when we’re sleep deprived.  Hey, we’ve done our best, we even loose sleep, a little bit of mistake is acceptable, right?  Second, it’s a great feeling being able to tell our friends how hard we work, we’re even starting to have amnesia, what a hard working fellow.  Finally, it’s a “badge of honor” for us.  It doesn’t feel right if we’re fresh all the time, we need to be sleepy and tired before we can feel our worth.

Sleep deprivation or emotional need?

The art of buying time

Managing business can be very time consuming.  Task after task, never ending to-do list, piling paper work, and not to mention the phone ringing every five minutes.  For those young family it’s even more challenging, especially the ones with babies who seem to decide 2am is the perfect time to wake (everyone) up.

So how do we cope?  Surely we need a little bit of time to step back and make sure our company is still heading in the correct direction.  Being drown in millions of day to day operational details, it’s so easy to loose our focus.

Maybe we need better time management?  There’s only one problem, there’s not enough time to manage.  We have simply exhausted the 24 hours day of our lives.

Probably the easiest way to combat this is by forcing ourselves to set certain time away from all the hectic days.  Will there be sacrifices?  No doubt about that.  But considering the alternative is a possibility of loosing focus and direction, it might very well be a good sacrifice.

In principle, you will be forcing yourselves to “buy” these extra time.

Time truly is money.

It’s not everyday we had power failure

It’s not everyday we had power failure for few days in the office.  In fact, this is the second one in the last 12 months and last time it only lasted for few hours.  Luckily out of 3 phases, two were working so we managed to shift the machines, printers etc closer to the working power points.

Then to make things worse, our warehouse person decided not to come today (apparently stuck somewhere in some out of town area).  Customers also decided it’s a good time to chase up their orders.  Some of them were wondering why they hadn’t received the goods on the following day.  To top it off, suppliers also decided it’s a great time to chase up some payments, didn’t matter if the cost of the call was worth more than the payment itself.

At the end of the day, everything was quiet, things were so calm and there’s this satisfaction knowing it’s been one hell of a day but we went through it – and tomorrow it’ll repeat all over again.

It’s just another day in the life of a local business.

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Have you ever counted how many hours

Have you ever counted how many hours you actually work in a week?  Are they straight hours or are they all over the place?  They said one of the joy of being an entrepreneur is being able to work when you want to work.  Seems like what’s happening instead is you are able to work when you have to (i.e must be willing to do 24 hours shift, 365 days a year).

Maybe we should look at the whole things from different perspective.

More often than not entrepreneurs get into business not just because they love to be in business, but because they cannot help it.  So if you ask an entrepreneur how many hours he/she works in a week, most probably the answer will be somewhere in the vicinity of 70hrs (especially in the beginning of the venture).  Ask the same question to a busy executive and the answer will probably be similar.  The big difference is, an entrepreneur might tell you passionately about his/her business afterward, while a busy executive might tell you how underpaid and unappreciated he/she is.

So how many hours do we work in a week?  Before we go there let me tell you about this amazing business I’ve had in my mind.  You see, the market is now heading towards online and at the same time the world’s economy is getting globalized quickly.  Some type of businesses will thrive, so this idea in my mind is…sorry what was the question again?

Working hours?  Who cares…