On Friday I made the executive decision for Timtech to play Xbox One Titanfall on a regular basis, during work hours (and after work hours if anyone wants, but not required). This is because I firmly believe in the philosophy that if you have fun and work less hours, you’ll get more done in the time you do work.
Burnout is a big problem with small online businesses, or any small business really. If you don’t protect against it you’ll end up with massive headaches, long hours, and very little to show for it.
The guys at Groove did a blog post about forcing employees to take vacations and Treehouse stated they make $10,000,000 a year and their employees get paid full time but can only work 4 days a week.
Now vacations sound nice and all but with the way our families work at Timtech I know that’s not realistic. So instead I thought it would be good to play video games together, like we did when we first formed as a company.
Already I’ve heard the words “Timtech is the best company to work for” and “I know it’s a great job honey”, etc. So far it’s working good. Granted, we are playing more than working but it’s making up for 2 years of no gaming at all (at least for me).
I encourage you to come up with a solution for yourself too. When I was working alone I used to go out and take photos of landscapes once a week. It helped keep my sanity. As the weather gets nicer out I’m trying to do more breaks outside as well, even if it’s just to spot spray weeds in my lovely grass ;-)