STAPLES BizTIPs: This summer try to keep work at work

By Small Business Expert Roger Pierce, BizLaunch

Burning the midnight oil and working 80-weeks is common for entrepreneurs. However, to keep your sanity – and your family – in place, it’s critical to learn how to separate business from personal time.

Try to take it a bit easier this summer by following these tips: 

  • Don’t bring work home every night. Much like sleep, entrepreneurs often view their personal time as some reserve fund they can draw upon when too much work piles up. It defeats the purpose of running your own business if you never get to see your family.

  • Setting firm working hours. A regular schedule will force you to prioritize your time, delegate non-essential tasks and help you to avoid taking on too much at once. North American culture actually breeds workaholics, rewarding us for the number of hours we work as if it is some sort of badge of honour. Make downtime a priority and stick to it.

  • Work less. Make it your long-term goal to actually work less hours. In reality, the amount of personal time an entrepreneur enjoys is the truest measure of success. If you’re out playing golf three times a week or taking two months of family vacation time each year, it usually means you’ve created a business that runs well without you…and that’s a wonderful mark of success.

You can learn more about this and other how-to topics in a free STAPLES BizLaunch Webinar. To find one near you, please visit today.


ROGER PIERCE is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve success. Co-founder of Canada’s largest small business training company,, he’s launched eleven small businesses of his own and personally experienced what he calls “the good, the bad and the ugly” sides of entrepreneurship.

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