Monday, April 30, 2012

A time to work and time to go home

There seems to always be some work to do.  There is some other decision to be made, something to be written, a person to be talked to and it continues on.  The question that you have to ask is:  Are you or one of your employees more effective when you put in a 60 hour week?

Imagine you have just worked a 60 hour week.  You are probably quite tired, errands have begun to build up, and you may not have seen your children or spouse for more than a few minutes a day.  You are set to do it all over again in only two days' time.  When you do finally get back to work, you may be trapped in the thoughts of how much you did not get done at home before the next week of work piles up in front of you.  In an article from Fox Small Business, they speak with Sheryl Sandberg COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Facebook.  She is responsible for the day to day operations of the company.  Sandberg has also worked as an executive for Google and before that she was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Dept of Treasury.  She leaves her office at 5:30 p.m.

You might think that because she is an executive she may leave whenever she wants to but she sees it differently.  It is important to be able to put work aside and concentrate on being a person, instead of just existing as an employee.  Sandberg's point is to get the work for the day done and move on.

While this may not work out for everyone, there may not be anyone to take over when you are not there or it may be just you then you should probably determine how effective you are.  Similar to the beginning of the post:  Do you feel that you can effectively make decisions about your business if you are coming off of a 60 hour week?  Some people may be able to constantly run from one project to the next, others cannot.  You have to learn your own patterns and try to schedule so you can handle goals without falling apart.  Be a small business owner and a person.