Yes, you read that right. Not sleepwalking, but sleepworking . . .

According to a January article in the Boston Globe, over half of small business owners “sleepwork” – that is, they dream about work.

Recognize yourself here? In a survey conducted by Staples, more than half (51%) of small business professionals said that they “sleepwork.” Small business owners are often accused of not having enough life balance and working long hours, but who knew that they actually take work to bed with them too? The upside is that nearly 70 percent said they wake up and put their dreams to action. OK, confession time, I did wake up in the middle of the night last week with the “perfect” plan for reorganizing my office. But I haven’t put that plan into action yet because I haven’t had enough time!

And now, surprise(!), the survey also revealed that 98 percent of U.S. small business owners and managers work during their time off – including nights, weekends and vacations – and nearly 54 percent expect to work even harder in 2008. About 38% can’t remember the last time they took a vacation.

Roughly two-thirds of those surveyed said that not having enough time to get work done is a constant challenge, and nearly 44 percent said customer fulfillment takes up the majority of their time while at work.

Reading all that makes me really tired . . .

What’s your experience? Do you sleepwork? Or do you work so much that there’s little time for sleep to begin with? Let me know . . .


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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