Why It's Important to Set Work Hours and Create a Company Calendar

Credit: #madebymoyo

Credit: #madebymoyo

Working for yourself is a fascinating experience. It requires so many skills that are often times learned on the job and when you are your own boss, it’s challenging to do everything without someone leading you. You also set your own rules which can be empowering, but not always ideal for business if you are seeking structure and time management.

If this is the case, it’s important to think about the big picture of where you want to be in the future. At some point, you’ll most like want to manage a team of people and have consistent growth. One way to help you get there is by putting systems in place for your company. Why? Simply put, it’s a commitment to growing your business and one way to hold yourself and others accountable.

One question to ask yourself is if you were to have another person join your team, would you be prepared to provide them with your work hours and holiday schedule?

One question to ask yourself is if you were to have another person join your team, would you be prepared to provide them with your work hours and holiday schedule?

Creating Accountability

The first step in creating accountability is to commit to a schedule. Here are three types of commitments you can implement into your business:

Set Work Hours

In an ideal situation, you would set Monday through Friday work hours where you are committed to going to an office, studio, coffee shop and working. Depending on your situation, you may not be able to work full days or commit to five days a week. That’s okay too. You just have to make the commitment to put work hours in place and be true to it.

Establish Vacation Days and Holidays

Just like any corporate company, you should set vacation days and holidays. Does your business get two weeks off or three? Do you have summer hours? It’s up to you, but having these guidelines in place prevents you from talking off when you want and at the same time, forces you to take breaks.

Here are a holidays to keep in mind that are observed in the United States. There are also religious holidays and seasonal ones too.

Set Personal and Sick Days

Personal days, mental health days or sick days absolutely warrant time off and they should be a part of your calendar for you to acknowledge and use. Entrepreneurs often times get caught up in working so much, even at the expensive of their health so it’s important to know that you can take days off in order to come back stronger.

Making it Real

Once you establish guidelines for your company, write it down, make it formal and be able to execute it for yourself and others that work with you.


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