You might be a go-getter entrepreneur that’s full of determination, enthusiasm, and spirit, but sometimes, life forces you to take a step back. If you’ve suffered an injury, you need time to heal. You may not be able to work at full capacity, and that’s okay.
While the temptation to power through might be lingering, it’s important to keep in mind that you won’t be helping anyone – yourself or your business – by not taking the time to care for yourself. Let’s take a look at five ways to stay sane and keep your business going while you’re on the mend.
Listen to your body
Some things are more important than the success of your business (we know: you don’t like to hear it, right?). Your health is one of them. In the immediate time after your injury, make sure that you’re only focusing on yourself. Your business will be fine without you for a couple of days. Listen to your body and understand its needs. You will only prolong your recovery – and potentially make things worse – by pushing yourself when you’re not yet ready.
Talk to your team
How you communicate with your staff will play a big role in ensuring that your business runs smoothly in your absence. You might need to delegate some of your responsibilities to staff members or rearrange your workload. Some entrepreneurs can have a hard time relinquishing some of their control to others but remember: a boss that doesn’t allow their team to flourish is not a leader. Of course, this will be much easier on you if you already trust your staff, so make sure you’re hiring properly.
Share the responsibility
There are a lot of things that can run through your mind when you’re injured, such as how the business will cope without you, and any potential loss of earnings because you can’t be there. As capable as your staff may be, there will naturally be some things that don’t get done. Before you panic, get clear on the facts surrounding your injury.
You shouldn’t have to bear the responsibility all on your own. Be smart! If the injury was someone else’s fault, then get in touch with a personal injury lawyer; they’ll be able to help you get compensation for medical costs and lost income.
Ease back into your normal routine
At some point, you’ll be able to return to work; but that doesn’t mean throwing yourself back into those twelve hour days. After a period of rest and recovery, it’s important that you ease yourself back into your regular schedule. Start with light work from home. Then, head to the office on a part-time basis. Then, maybe half a week, and so on until you’re back at work full-time.
Give yourself grace
Finally, remember that an injury gives an entrepreneur an opportunity to acquire a worthwhile attribute: patience! Don’t rush anything. Think about the big picture. You’ll return to work in no time, fully functional and at your brilliant best.