Recently, I learned a surprising lesson about my business from our home renovations and the guys doing all the work!
Things are beginning to calm down here at Casa Colaiacovo. We now have two renovated bathrooms, and they are awesome! Just a bit more space in each one with updated floors and vanities with storage! OMG that is the best!
I never realized what I was missing. These IKEA Vanities and organizers are the BOMB!
Here are two before and after pics of the bathrooms. They still need some wall art and décor with colour added, and when we have that I will share some more pics!
But the best part about the process was the lesson I learned from the workers who made all the magic happen in our house.
Mike and his team are amazing at what they did with our Renos (it’s why we have hired them multiple times over the years). They work hard and want to give us the vision we had in our minds! They did! Not only that, but they taught me a lesson I had forgotten…
So today, I wanted to share this lesson in hopes that you make sure you consider it for yourself too, most importantly, consider implementing it in your business if you have not already.
During the renovations, every day, the guys came to work on time, all ready to go… in fact, one fellow was always here extra early and waited outside in his car until starting time at 7:30… yes, I meant AM!
They worked hard, AND they took their breaks. They were soooo good about this; every day, a coffee break and then a lunch break. After a couple of days, I realized the breaks were a guarantee in their schedule.
At first, I thought it was kind of funny. I chuckled at it, actually. There they go on their lunch break. Good for them! I was a little jealous actually.
I realized they were doing something I have always had a hard time doing. Taking a consistent break in my workday.
I did this all the time when I worked 13 years with a bank here in Canada.
When I worked at the Royal Bank, I did take breaks during my workday. Funny enough, that was when I was working for someone else. But as an entrepreneur, working from my home office, in charge of when I work… I stopped taking those consistent breaks.
Yes, I get up and grab a coffee or throw a load of laundry in– and forget all about it. This is why I am banned from doing laundry anymore, because apparently … “doing laundry” means finishing the job! 🤭
Nowadays, I take lunch breaks, but rarely are they a full hour like I used to have at the Bank. I tend to stop and scarf down some food, and not at set times. It seems that as an Entrepreneur, breaks have taken a backseat to my freedom, or so I thought until recently.
Breaks are important! Especially as small business owners, the CEOs of our businesses.
We are often the HEADS of all the departments in our businesses. We need some away time from our computers, our workspace, our work at hand. Breaks help you rejuvenate and get a fresh perspective, and frankly, our brains need them.
Now, I am not sure about you, but my excuse has always been, “Then I can finish my day when I want.”
That’s why I went into business for myself – For the Freedom to do what I want, work with who I want, and WHEN I want!
However, it seems that after watching these workmen stop and take their breaks, I realized I need to make a change in my daily routine. It will mean that I will start taking proper breaks, along with getting back to the basics of walking away from my work midday to have an hour to myself.
I used to use that time to exercise and get out walking with my co-workers. Or go out to lunch, do a little shopping, or even have a little nap – Yes, I napped at work! We had a couch in the staff room, and it was comfy!
It turns out I was making a little fun of the workmen at first, but then I decided it was something I admired once I started thinking about it. They took those breaks no matter what, and their actions are a great reminder of how important that is to put into practice – especially as entrepreneurs.
The Dietitians I work with also know how important these breaks are. Almost every dietitian I have ever worked with and those I currently do, are constantly writing articles about self-care and how important it is to prioritize ourselves. We are just as valuable as anyone else.
Too often we put others first and ourselves last. Skipping these breaks in your workday is the same thing. It’s like saying my clients and their work or my team members and what they need is more important than me. But guess what, if you are not there, that client work won’t get done, and that team member won’t have work to do.
Remember this — it is okay to put yourself first, take those breaks you need in your day and make sure you are as big a priority in your business as anyone else.
Think back to when you had a “job” — what kind of breaks did you take then? I bet you were like me… you took them as much as you could. So, as an entrepreneur, what makes you less valuable now to skip taking care of yourself? In this day and age, with all the pandemic’s added stress, it is even more important to practice self-care, however you can.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this too! Do you take time out for breaks? Post a DM to me on Instagram!