Improve Organizational Skills to Minimize Daily Juggling

Who hasn’t seen the phrase “organizational skills” listed as a requirement of a position? It might seem excessive that this vague term is so in demand, but the possession of organizational skills can make or break your career success.

While this is true for any role, it is even more essential for a small business owner.* Because there are so many tasks to juggle on any given day, keeping everything organized is the best way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your working hours.

How to Take Your Organizational Skills From Pathetic to Perfect in a Day

Read on for a look at the essential organizational skills to propel your small business toward success:

Scheduling. More than just scheduling shifts and meetings, as a small business owner you’ll be expected to schedule every aspect that goes into running your business. From scheduling progress check-ins for projects to scheduling incentive programs for sales goals, the ability to create a schedule and stick to it is essential to running your business.

Delegation. It’s impossible for one person to handle everything that needs to happen to keep a business running smoothly—that’s why delegation is key. By delegating, you’re lightening the load on your own shoulders while empowering your team to tackle the difficult tasks.

Time Management. In many jobs, your time is managed for you. You’re provided with small goals on the way to larger accomplishments and project timelines are completed at your own manager’s discretion. However, as a small business owner, those project timelines and daily tasks are set by you.

People Management. Managing is commonly regarded as a “people skill,” but it takes organizational savvy as well. Planning evaluations, building a successful team and orchestrating group meetings may not be the leadership tasks that get all the attention, but they’re just as integral to being a respected and regarded manager.

Preparation. Being prepared is the key to staying on top of your business routine. Whether it’s taking notes before a meeting with your staff, franchisor, or banker or jotting down the next to-do list at the end of the day, starting off on the right foot will keep you from playing catch-up when you should be looking ahead.

*Note: Small Business Owners include small independent business operators (Mom & Pop), franchisees, restaurant operators, professional services providers (law offices, medical offices) and even solopreneurs with staff.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

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What will it take for me to drive success in 2023?

Spending some time very early this morning reflecting on the past year and thinking about the year ahead, a year that may have us facing new, unprecedented challenges, I found myself being self-analyzing and very self-critical. My mind was racing about possibilities but quickly turned to what it would take to turn possibilities to opportunities to success.

Many that know me know that I’m a very creative, innovative person. But I know all too well that ideas are worthless without taking action. I need to put those ideas into action. It’s who I’ve been. And it’s who I need to be once again, now more than ever.

I asked myself the following simple question that I believe sums up the foundation of my action plan for the new year:

If I were to do all that I believe is necessary to be done to achieve success in 2023, would it be possible to fail?

Living by a great Tony Robbins quote will be an important motivating factor…

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

However, due to prevailing challenges and an evolving business environment, I also realize it’ll take extreme focus – something that had never been an issue before. I realize I must commit to this without fail – a personal commitment that I know is essential to drive my efforts to a new level, to new heights embracing the changes (personal and business) necessary to do so, staying focused, and this is paramount… on the most important tasks!

It will also mean diligently following through (and following up) each step of the way, and not resting on my laurels and past success. After all, as Babe Ruth once said,

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

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The Debate is Heating Up… Is College Necessary for Success?

Is a college degree truly necessary in order to have a successful future in business? This was the basis of an article at AllBusiness.comIs College Necessary for Success?

Insights and perspectives are shared by 9 business leaders under the points listed below. Although, in retrospect I wish I had been able to ponder over each heading before reading the entire article. Maybe even view each as a statement to be considered as true or false? Try it for yourself…

1. College isn’t necessary, but it can teach useful skills.

2. The internet has brought education to the masses.

3. A successful future requires education, not college.

4. College may not be necessary if you have high potential.

5. Securing a trade is a fine choice.

6. College improves your earning potential and networking.

7. Employers view college as a wise investment.

8. Only certain career paths require a degree today.

9. College makes you competitive.

My Insight and Perspective

First and foremost, considering the varying costs of tuition from state colleges to private universities, I still believe a formal education is worth it and more than likely will help open doors in one’s career. That said, like anything else, it’s what a student makes of it.

Understanding the job market and industry trends must be considered, but too often is not. As such, a degree in African Art or Greek Mythology may fulfill a student’s interest in the subject and possibly their passion for learning, but it’d be a long shot as a career path, and especially if the degree is earned at an expensive private university. I believe being practical and realistic is paramount when deciding upon a major course of study.

As for the question about whether a college degree is necessary for success, it seems that only two paths are being considered when the statement is made that college is not for everyone – trade school or college. What about the option for those who would be “right” for college that possibly decides he or she just wants a different path for their future and trade school or even joining the military are not of interest to them?

Starting a business could be a viable path if not for financial barriers. It’s much easier to secure funding for education than it is for business. Multi-generational business partnerships are a viable option. Freelancing and side gigs are viable, as well. Of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

But, what would help improve the probability of success? Would it be feasible to develop an entrepreneurship school along the lines of a trade school to help create a foundation for a young person to choose a path toward entrepreneurship and business ownership? Would attendance at such a learning institution help to build traditional and private lender confidence? Could it also provide an option for individuals that may want to shift career paths after working 5–10–15 years?

It’s been said that entrepreneurship will drive our country’s economic recovery and provide a foundation for the future. Yet, what’s being done to help our younger generations explore and prepare for entrepreneurship? After all, they will soon represent the majority of our labor force and is enough being done today for them to represent the majority of future business owners?

Mind you, I’m not hunkered down into one position or another on the topic, but I firmly believe we need to be thinking about and exploring options if our country is to remain as a leader on the world’s stage.

Let’s keep the conversation moving along. I look forward to learning your thoughts and opinions on the subject.

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A Few Things You Should Know as You Explore Franchise Ownership

For many individuals that explore franchising as the next step in their career, as a way to control their own destiny or as a way to create a family business understanding the process can be quite overwhelming. Below are several articles by franchise experts that will help interested parties diligently navigate the process to help create a playing field that is best for them as opposed to seeing them aimlessly tiptoe through a minefield consisting of franchising’s good, bad and ugly.

If you’re thinking of becoming a franchisee, how should you prepare yourself?

Buying a franchise can be a great move for a would-be entrepreneur who doesn’t want to create a new business from scratch. In theory, franchisees acquire a model that already works on every level, from branding to pricing to marketing. A ready clientele eagerly spends on Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s and 7-11. The market has tested the best recipes for glazed crullers, Egg McMuffins and the right combo of energy drinks to stock next to the register. But making a go as a successful franchisee can be a lot more complicated than simply finding an appealing brand and plunking down some cash. For a taste of what can go wrong, see Forbes’ piece about the problems at sandwich franchise Quiznos, which paid $206 million to settle a suit brought by franchisees who claimed the chain had oversold its markets and excessively marked up supplies.

Read more…

How to Buy A Franchise

Contrary to popular belief, the process of buying a franchise isn’t really difficult-but it is a process. I’ve found, (through working one-on-one with thousands of potential franchise owners) that it’s really important to tackle a major life decision like the purchase of a franchise business-or any type of business, in a very methodical way. (Even if you’re not a methodical person!)

But you need to realize that buying a franchise is a big deal. It could potentially be life-changing. That’s what you want, isn’t it?

After all, you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you wanted to just go out and find a new job -or keep the one you have.

With that in mind, kick off your shoes and grab your favorite beverage. In this article, Joel Libava, The Franchise King shows exactly how to buy a franchise.

Read more…

Why Owning A Franchise Business Is Good For Your Family

Many entrepreneurs choose to become small-business owners with an exit strategy of turning over the business to their children one day — a strategy that takes on more importance in an era where young people are struggling to find gainful employment. Children who begin working in the family business at a young age will typically start an ascension into management after college, with an eye on purchasing some or all of the family business as their parents head into retirement. Often, the parents will retain a percentage of the business as a revenue stream in retirement, adding an extra level of responsibility for the child as a steward of their parents’ nest egg.

Even if they don’t stay in the family business, studies show that parental entrepreneurship increases the probability of children’s entrepreneurship by about 60%. Children of entrepreneurial parents have already experienced many of the ebbs and flows of small-business ownership, which helps to mitigate their fears and raise their risk tolerance.

Read more…

Learning About Franchising

During research for Franchise Bible, 8th Edition, author, Rick Grossman found that the franchise industry had changed in many ways over the years. Technology has had the biggest impact by modifying buying behaviors. Not too many years ago, franchise buyers would find an opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine or by attending a franchise expo in-person. They would then go through the franchisor’s respective step-by-step process to qualify, purchase and launch their franchises. But today, buyers can find a plethora of information online about nearly any franchise they want to learn about. This has leveled the playing field for new innovative companies to compete favorably with the “big boys” in the marketplace.

Read more…

Below are a few links to additional information about franchise ownership in previous editions of Acceler8Success Cafe:

Confusion About Franchising

An Important Decision About Business Ownership – Startup or Franchise?

Things You Should Know & Info You Should Have BEFORE Investing in a Franchise

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Is it possible for an entrepreneur to completely shut down for the weekend?

Entrepreneurs & Weekends: Do What’s Best for YOU! (July 2022)

If you were to do a Google search for ‘entrepreneurs and weekends’ or any combination of words including both of these words, one would find more than could be read in a day that appears to have relevance. Although, that relevance is on both sides of the coin.

One side showcases the necessity and desire of entrepreneurs working seven days a week. The other side presents the case of work / life balance and necessary rest. Both philosophies could be looked at as the right way with a laundry list of successful entrepreneurs listed on both sides. If the lists were determined by reason or justification, additional lists would be required.

How to Care for Yourself as an Entrepreneur

Sure, times have changed, and the business environment has kept pace. A push for a 4-day workweek certainly appears counterintuitive to entrepreneurs working weekends. Yet, working remotely could be embraced by the entrepreneurs that desire to seemingly work 24/7 without having to ‘waste’ time commuting to an office.

On the flip side, is it possible for an entrepreneur, creative and innovative as is typical of a successful entrepreneur’s traits and characteristics to actually shut down for two or three (holiday weekends) days at a time? Or if they did take the weekend to enjoy some rest & relaxation, would that time be spent exclusively on non-business activities?

I guess we’d have to identify ‘business activities’ to have a true understanding. Apart from actually crunching numbers, drafting proposals, outlining strategies and reading reports, do business activities include spending time thinking about new ideas, reflecting upon decisions, thinking ahead and even reading business-related books & publications?

Is it possible for an entrepreneur to completely shut down for the weekend? And truly shut down without a glimpse at or about anything that is even closely related to business? Is it possible to clear one’s mind?

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Meditation – What Every Entrepreneur Can Gain From This Practice

Further, considering an entrepreneur’s passion and commitment to his or her venture, is it really possible for them to turn on a dime and focus elsewhere?

I believe the true answer to these questions comes down to balance. After all, it’s impossible to run 24/7 without burning out and / or adversely affecting one’s health. That’s a given. By the same token, is it practical to completely shift for the weekend and then shift back just two days later?

And is it really two days or are we ignoring the often-recommended practice of preparing for the week ahead Sunday evenings? And when does the weekend start – Friday nights or Saturday mornings?

Yes, balance is the answer but also essential is developing one’s business in a way to not control the entrepreneur’s every waking minute. The entrepreneur’s mindset must also adjust to delegate accordingly. Building a team is key. As is developing the right culture.

Basically, there must be a Yin and yang structure within the entrepreneur’s mind to allow, ensure work and life co-exists, as opposed to a this or that scenario.

So, sleep a little later than usual this weekend. Work out a little longer and harder. Spend quality time with your loved ones. Grab an afternoon nap. Take a few hours for a leisurely lunch or dinner. Hit the links with your friends. Do it all or do nothing at all as that’s okay.

Golfing For Entrepreneurs- Why It Can Be Good For Your Business

However, don’t feel like you have to do any of it and certainly don’t do things out of guilt or doubt or because some articles say you should do things a certain way and within a certain schedule. Do what makes you feel well-rested physically AND mentally. Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy.

And if entrepreneurship or your venture isn’t making you happy, it may be time to re-evaluate what it is that you do moving forward.

Have a great weekend. Make it happen. Make it count!

Whether a Winner or Loser, a Choice was Made!

In today’s society there are winners, and there are losers. That may seem somewhat harsh, but it’s the reality of the world we live in. Human beings by nature are ego driven and competitive, it’s in our nature to always compete with others, even on a subconscious level, no matter how trivial the matter.

A winner looks up to where he or she is going. A loser looks down at those who’ve not yet achieved the position he or she has. A winner respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn from them. A loser resents those who are superior to him and tries to find fault…

“Winners and losers aren’t born, they are the products of how they think.” – Lou Holtz

The Winner is always part of the answer; The Loser is always part of the problem.

The Winner always has a program; The Loser always has an excuse.

The Winner says, “Let me do it for you”; The Loser says, “That is not my job.”

The Winner sees an answer for every problem; The Loser sees a problem for every answer.

The Winner says,” It may be difficult, but it is possible”; The Loser says,” It may be possible, but it is too difficult.”

When a Winner makes a mistake, they say,” I was wrong”; When a Loser makes a mistake, they say,” It wasn’t my fault.”

A Winner makes commitments; A Loser makes promises.

Winners have dreams; Losers have schemes.

Winners say,” I must do something”; Losers say, “Something must be done.”

Winners are a part of the team; Losers are apart from the team.

Winners see the gain; Losers see the pain.

Winners see possibilities; Losers see problems.

Winners believe in win/win; Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.

Winners see the potential; Losers see the past.

Winners are like a thermostat; Losers are like thermometers.

Winners choose what they say; Losers say what they choose.

Winners use hard arguments, but soft words; Losers use soft arguments, but hard words.

Winners stand firm on values, but compromise on petty things; Losers stand firm on petty things, but compromise on values.

Winners follow the philosophy of empathy: “Don’t do to others what you would not want them to do to you”; Losers follow the philosophy, “Do it to others before they do it to you.”

Winners make it happen; Losers let it happen. – Author Unknown

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Franchise Success Strategy

As we’re quickly approaching the very busy conference season in franchising with event after event until June, I believe it’s the perfect time to again share my thoughts on franchise success. I’m of the mindset it’d be most beneficial for emerging franchise brand founders and entrepreneurs considering franchising as a growth strategy for their service business or restaurant.

At Acceler8Success Group, we focus on developing strategies for healthy, sustainable growth. Unlike many consultants and advisors in our field, we know that this must be more than just a focus on franchise development to acquire and convert leads.

That strategy is based on a concept of a hierarchy of franchise success requiring certain needs be met as a foundation to the next level and ultimately sustainable growth. Our approach is much like the Maslow model of human motivation.

The first level of success to be achieved is establishing and maintaining franchisee profitability. The next level is to maintain a healthy relationship with the franchise network. Sustainable growth in franchise development relies on a solid foundation of profitable franchisees that believe in the management team guiding their future because sustainable growth relies on validation from the existing network for future franchise development.

Once that foundation is in place, a strategy for growth relies on the third level of success. A robust marketing and management approach must be developed to generate leads, develop prospects, and convert franchise candidates to open and operate a successful franchise location or territory. This development will be designed to maximize the impact of the positive validation from the existing franchisees.

The fourth level requires a constant vigilance of the management to team to understand and react to changes within the marketplace. The evolution of the offering and the brand creates a continuous improvement cycle that continues to support and sustain unit profitability, the franchisee/franchisor relationship, and thereby continued success in franchise development.

90% of organizations continue to miss their strategic targets. Poor planning is at the root, but you are only as good as your culture. James Milsom, Head of Marketing, i-Nexus regarding ‘True North’ companies

We believe our approach to franchising is in accord with the simple and constant philosophy of True North companies:

• We provide outstanding companies the tools for improved performance.

• We partner with management to provide new opportunities for growth.

• We believe that the most important assets in any business are the people who run them and work at them every day (including the franchisees).

• We develop strategies built on a solid foundation and continuous improvement for long-term success

• And of course, we reflect and maintain the highest standard of integrity.

We start with an introductory meeting to determine the pain points of our clients and the pain points of their franchisees. The next step involves a complete evaluation of the franchise system to help the franchisor identify the actual root causes of the problems that have hindered or reversed its growth pattern. Once we have determined the root cause(s) of the issues, in coordination with the existing management, we develop a strategic plan to strengthen every level within the hierarchy of success.

The strategic plan is designed to be cyclical in nature allowing continuous improvement at each level so as you reach the evolution level the cycle starts again with an evaluation of how the changes have affected the unit economics of the franchises and the relationship. Again that will impact validation and the foundation for growth through franchise development. This cyclical approach for continuous improvement provides the strategy a plan for sustainable growth.

For more information about our Franchise Success Strategy, please reach out to me via email at Paul@Acceler8Success.com. As well, please visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive services. Our initial consultation is complimentary as it’s necessary for us to fully understand your goals as well as current challenges. And if you’re interested in one-on-one entrepreneurship coaching please visit Entrepreneurship411.com.

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Change is Necessary!

Of course, if you win the $1,000,000,000 Mega Millions drawing tonight, you’ll be quick to map out significant changes for your new life. 

But what about necessary changes for your life without luck and fortune? I believe we refer to that as everyday life. The norm, if you will.

It’s interesting that most people plan more for a vacation than for their future. Yet, proper planning for the future could enable you to have multiple vacations each year. 

But something has to change from the normal course of business, career, life. You can’t just keep doing the same things over and over again and expect different results. That’s referred to as insanity. 

Change allows us to move forward in life and experience new and exciting things. When you don’t actively work on evolving yourself, life can become stagnant. For instance, learning new skills or working on your inner self can bring about changes you never knew were possible.

Why is change necessary in life?

Change ensures that bad situations end. So long as you embrace change, you will find that your situation does not have to last forever and you will progress on to something bigger and better. If you reject change, experiences and opportunities in your career are likely to pass you by.

Is change necessary for growth?

Change is inevitable. There is comfort in predictability, but the truth is, without change, there is no growth. Without change you will keep making the same mistakes.

What is the purpose of change?

To evolve is to change. You may believe that you are subject to change; that things are outside of your control (determinism). Alternatively, you may believe that you create change; that you are the master of your actions (free will).

Why must we embrace change?

Change pushes you to become a more evolved person. You learn how to adapt to new circumstances, think of unique approaches and work to accept yourself. These adventures come together to promote personal growth.

Why is change hard, but necessary?

Evolving takes courage. And we must use this courage to keep surviving and feeling good about our choices in life. We are adaptable creatures.

What stops us from changing?

Fear of discomfort, pain or effort all stop us from changing. These fears prevent us from exercising, as it may hurt, from eating healthy, from changing career or starting our own business, from embarking on a new relationship, or leaving behind an old or negative one.

What are the 3 elements of change?

Author Dallas Willard tells us that successful change takes three elements: vision, method, and will.

  • Vision. Successful change hinges on a picture of a desirable future.
  • Method. Once you have a vision, the next thing you need is a method.
  • Will. The last item is intention or will.

Why is everyone afraid of change?

Confusion. People fear change if they don’t understand the reason for it – and then they resist it. Change causes uncertainty and means pushing people out of their comfort zones. However much we might complain about them, it’s our ‘routines’ that make us feel secure.

Let’s recap…

Change is necessary.

Change must be planned. 

Change must be ignited.

Change must be faced. 

Change must be embraced. 

Change must not be feared.

Change must not be ignored.

Change is an investment.

Change is inevitable. 

Change is constant. 

Change is good. 

Change is necessary. 

Just wondering, that since so much time is spent glued to a smart phone these days, if CHANGE were calling you, would you answer or just let it go to voice mail?

Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count! 

Exploring Solutions to Labor Woes in the Restaurant Industry

Marcus Lemonis of The Profit on CNBC refers to key components of a business as People, Product & Process. When consulting with restaurant owners we talk about these components and find the ‘people’ component to be the most challenging. Mainly, being understaffed or poorly staffed is an issue that has a ripple effect throughout a restaurant. Often, we find staffing to be reactive to immediate needs as opposed to proactive to a plan and goals. 

Try this exercise. Build your restaurant on paper as if you were starting in business today. Determine your break even point based upon today’s market for construction, cost of goods, etc. Now compare the numbers to your current operations. Adjust according to the current market, not against what it took to operate your restaurant profitably pre-pandemic. Make changes and move forward. After all, if you started today, you’d have nothing to compare against except to the current market. 

Of course, this isn’t the only solution to a challenging labor market for restaurant operators. To that end, below please find several articles that I have found very enlightening on the subject.

Restaurant Industry Labor Shortage

Good people are hard to find and even harder to keep in today’s restaurant labor market. Even prior to the pandemic, recruitment and retention have long been major challenges for restaurant owners and operators.

COVID-19 pandemic ushered in massive change in the restaurant industry. Many restaurants were forced to close, and others had to make the challenging decision to let go of valued staff and reduce their workforce. 

Now industry is up against a volatile environment riddled with surging inflation, soaring restaurant food costs, and continued supply chain and commodities volatility.

Great food and service are at the core of successful restaurants. Both factors require skilled employees — and a lack of which leads to real challenges. So how do you manage in a market with a labor shortage and record employee churn? Check out the Restaurant Industry Labor Shortage guide by Toast HERE.

Labor Shortages for Restaurants: A Look at A Long-Term Solution

Walk into nearly any restaurant and the effects of the labor shortage can be felt. Servers covering impossibly large sections, with long wait times revealing the kitchen is undoubtedly just as short-staffed. Understanding customers have actually become better tippers, with tipping increases out-stripping inflation, but such kindness can only go so far. To help counteract the skeleton crews and increased prices caused by inflation, employers rely ever more on their staff to provide quality service to keep customers coming back.

Even before the Great Resignation hit the workforce, restaurants had difficulty staying fully staffed. However, while many industries have been able to overcome the impact of the pandemic by increasing remote work, these options are simply unavailable to the restaurant industry. While other industries were able to offer remote work to coerce employees back to their computers, such options are not available for restaurants. Read the full article HERE.

Three Staffing Solutions to Help Restaurants & Hotels Thrive

Turnover in the restaurant and hotel industries has been a costly and time-consuming challenge for management long before the pandemic ensued. Serving as one of the world’s largest employers of part-time labor, the annual turnover rate in the restaurants and accommodations sector exceeds 74%  – much higher than the national average, which sits between 10 and 15%. Combining the costs of recruiting, onboarding, training, and even productivity loss associated with the quick churn, the cost of employee turnover averages at around $5,864 per person. Read more HERE.

Let’s keep this important conversation moving along. Thank you in advance for submitting your insight and perspective below or directly to me at Paul@Acceler8Success.com.

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What is “balance”​ in the mind of today’s entrepreneur?

A common thought about entrepreneurs and weekends is that entrepreneurs need rest and relaxation just the same as others.

But as we know all too well, entrepreneurs always keep their eyes and ears open for possibilities and opportunities. They always keep their minds sharp in order to be able to evaluate and act upon the same. They always strive to stay fit to be prepared for grueling schedules and long days.

Nevertheless, taking care of mental and physical health certainly does not mean being complacent and lazy. Success is about balance… and focus on achieving goals! 

An article at Entrepreneur.com shares that successful entrepreneurs have a passion for what they do, so working hard is part of their DNA. But anyone who is successful also recognizes that life and work are a marathon, not a sprint. Even they need downtime on the weekend to ensure they’re up to the task of being creative problem solvers and innovators Monday through Friday.

Sure, they may spend some time catching up on administrative work. They may spend time on a big project that needs special attention. And they should definitely spend time thinking about the future and considering the big picture.

But what successful entrepreneurs don’t do is spend the entire weekend buried under work. We all need a break, and entrepreneurs are no less immune to burnout than anyone else. Their weekends are spent restoring their bodies and minds and getting prepared to function optimally come Monday.

Read about nine things successful entrepreneurs do over the weekend to unwind and re-energize for the week ahead HERE.

Another article about entrepreneurs and weekends, and one that I highly recommend reading was written by The Franchise King, Joel Libava, In quintessential Joel-style he shares his personal perspective. Read One Entrepreneur’s Love-Hate Relationship With Weekends HERE.

I agree with all that is shared in the articles referenced above and there are many good points made about entrepreneurs and work-life balance. However, I believe entrepreneurs should do what is best for themselves every day. Sticking a square peg in a round hole just doesn’t work. Nor does a cookie-cutter approach.

Meaning, entrepreneurs should not and would not do something just because they’re told that it is what they should be doing. That would be against the grain of the entrepreneurial mindset. Their schedule or whatever must work for them. It must be aligned with what makes them most effective.

Each entrepreneur has a unique mindset and as such, balance for them may mean working all weekend as they can focus uninterrupted. For some waking up at 9AM is better for them than awaking at 4:30AM. Others may prefer working late hours. In the world of entrepreneurship, there is no one-size-fits-all formula. It comes down to what works best for them that will help create balance.

A Google search of the question, What is balance in life? defines it best… Balanced living means considering all aspects of your life: relationships, work, fitness and health, and emotional well-being. We all get bogged down with work and family responsibilities from time to time, but making time for yourself is necessary so that you can keep up with all your responsibilities.

And another search, What does balance mean in a person? provides the foundation of balance in life from the perspective of mental health… mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

After all, the answers listed above are foundational components of a strong mindset and along with a unique skillset, are essential to success as an entrepreneur.

Take a few minutes to ponder the question… What works best for you to achieve balance in your life and that enables you to maintain your edge as an entrepreneur?

I’m sure you’ll agree, there is no universally correct answer. The best answer is only such as it pertains to you!

Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!