Every business owner wants to be efficient. This includes working massive numbers of hours and getting lots of stuff done. But this efficiency can be a trap. 100% efficiency often means 0% availability and 0% downtime. If a crisis arises, the business owner must put off something that is of urgent importance. And being 100% busy means that there is often no time for planning or reflection.

So instead, if you are a small business owner, plan some down time into your schedule each day. That way, as the inevitable emergency arises, it does not throw off your entire day. Less stress and more time is something that every business owner can use.