Every entrepreneur wants more hours in his day, and more days in his week. Successful and busy people always feel that there is more to do than we have time for. More new ideas to chase and new opportunities to pursue. More innovations to develop. That's the nature of being an entrepreneur.
Maybe it's for that reason that, at least four months out of the year, we actually get an "extra" week -- Like January 2014. Most of us plan our projects on a monthly basis, at least from a scheduling perspective. So what will you do with that "extra" week you get four times next year?
A few ideas which I have learned after 11 years of CEO of one of the largest NY PR firms :
#1 -- Start a new project
So many times we try to start something new while we are still getting the current off the ground. Don't split your creative energies like that. Instead, set aside that week to develop something new. That thing you've had in your idea book for years, or that project you know just needs a little extra push to get going.
#2 -- Research a completely insane idea
Or you could use that extra week to do something that really scares you. Something completely outside your comfort zone, and unrelated to anything you've ever done before. This is one of the ways companies, and people, evolve, and grow.
#3 -- Take time to take stock
There's something to be said for forging ahead. There's more to be said for stopping a moment to track how things are going. What's up with you, with your business, and with your relationships. The way your calendar is set up, you have four equally spaced opportunities to take some time to look around a little bit, and see how you are really doing.
#4 -- Take an unscheduled vacation
Most young professionals, and entrepreneurs classify as workaholics. And why not, most of us consider that a compliment. We love to be respected for the time we put in, and we love to accomplish stuff when other people are just getting started. But every once in a while, you need to get away. To clear your mind, and reset your creativity. If you start now, you can plan that time in your schedule. Time for a family vacation, if you have one. Romantic getaway, if you want one " or, best of all, just a solo trip to decompress, and be alone with what's out there.
Whatever you do with your year this year, don't just let those extra weeks come, and go like they're the same as everything else. Time should be invested. Set it up so you get the most return.
Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur & author -- who cherishes extra work" and family time.