The Danger of Over-optimizing Your Work Day

Why You Shouldn’t Over-Optimize Your Work Day

If you are an entrepreneur, you know that your time is money. And you want to make sure that your day is dedicated to the highest paying Income Producing Activities (IPA). However, is there such a thing as over-optimizing your day. And, believe it or not, there is a danger to spending your day completely focused on IPAs. Below are the five reasons why you should not over-optimize your day.

1). Risk of Burnout
You have all heard of the people who brag about putting in 18 hours back-to-back workdays. However, the most successful people know that business is a long-term game. And there are only so many back-to-back 18 hour work days you can pull off. Here is a good idea to prevent burnout – allow yourself a 30-minute break every four hours. That will allow you to recharge your batteries and keep going.

2). Risk of Missing Bigger Opportunities
Let’s say you are making $250,000 a year on your current Income Producing Activities. This is wonderful. However, if you dedicate yourself non-stop to your current IPAs, you could overlook opportunities that could double or triple your income. You should allow yourself an hour a day to step away from your current business and look at emerging trends in the marketplace.

3). Reduced Quality of Work
If your day is filled with work on everything from digital marketing to sales and web design, you may find that you don’t have the adequate time to do a great job on any of these activities. The result is that your digital marketing could fall short and cost you money. Learn to delegate as many of your actives as possible by hiring virtual assistants to handle your lowest priority jobs. You should really focus on the highest priority jobs that you can handle in an 8-hour workday.

4). Risk of Physical Breakdown
We have all the heard the story of a workaholic who has a heart attack at a young age. The fact is, you are only as effective as your body and mind allow you to be. You should spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising your body and another 15 minutes a day in meditation. This would allow your body and mind to be ready to focus on your work.

5). Potential Loss of Important Relationships
if your daily schedule does not include time with friends and family, then you could yourself alone. And no matter how much success you have, it is much more enjoyable when you have friends and family that you can share in these good times. Schedule out some time to be with the people you care about. This will help you relax and give you more purpose in pursuing your success.

Finding the Perfect Workday Balance
To help you find the balance you need between work and play, follow these quick tips.

  • Give yourself a 30-minute break for every 4 straight hours of work.
  • Spend some time each day to focus on new business opportunities.
  • Only work on the activities that give you the highest rate of return. Delegate the rest.
  • Exercise your body and relax your mind each day.
  • Spend some time with friends and family each day.

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