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 . . .