As small business owners and entrepreneurs, we tend to put all of our effort into growing our businesses. This might include working 7 days a week, 16 hours days, or even late-nights. I should know, I have honestly worked 2 nights this week. (This is on top of having to be up all day minding two toddlers.)

I was reminded this morning about this when my netbook told me there was only 28% power left or 38 minutes. Don’t you wish you had a battery meter, so you could know when you weren’t functioning at 100% power and so you could know when you need to stop and re-charge? But, unfortunately we are not machines and we must guess when we need to stop and take a breather.

These past few weeks, I have been super busy with a move and conference, so the social media end of the business dropped a bit. While I was still using social media everyday, I needed to stop doing the usual things I do so that I could better manage everything else. This was a way for me to recharge a bit. It was, however,  only the kind of recharge like when the laptop is charging when plugged in, but you are still using it, so it can never fully recharge until you stop. However, I am just beginning to bring my meter back up to full.

It is important to remember that we need to be functioning as close to 100% as possible in order to provide the maximum quality to our customers and clients. Even if you need to temporarily hire someone so you can recharge, Do It! If you are constantly burning your candle at both ends, you will never be able to provide the kind of service that your customers need & deserve.

I have a plan for recharging and making sure I don’t burnout, do you? If you don’t, you should join me and create your own. So tell me what is your recharge plan? How will you be making sure you don’t burnout?