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Being Busy or is it the Ego?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    Just a thought I have here :)

    This year we're rather busy. I'm making money. But I also have less time, so I'm having to pay people to do things for me. A couple times I've had to pay my employees to clean the inside of our motorhome. I'm having to pay someone to replace a throttle cable on a loader. I'm having to pay pay pay, because we're busy.

    Is this truly a good thing?

    Over time I see people write posts here on lawnsite where they say how they're so busy and don't have time to think of ridiculous stuff. Where's the glory in that? Should we be jealous of their busyness, or should we politely advise them that maybe they should have their blood pressure checked?

    What impresses me is when people have time to stop and smell the roses. When people have time to ride their utility carts around the community. If you can't enjoy your life - then what are you doing?

    The more leisure and idle time you have - the more impressed I am.
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    We were super busy early in the season. Now we've peaked and I am spending less time working and stressing.

    I love it.

    Could we be busier? Could I make more money? Sure, but I'm sick of being worn out and cranky.

    Looking into other business ventures so I can keep enjoying landscaping and not feel the need to be balls to the wall trying to keep up with other lcos.


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  3. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,699

    It's all about priority. I watched my father work himself to death over the last 20 years of his life. He worked 7 days a week, did every single thing that needed to be done himself from repairing equipment and trucks to every last bit of book keeping (by hand with no computer). When he passed away and I found myself running this company I found myself falling into the same routine as my father, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day of work. I made a decision that this was not how I wanted to run the company and live my life. We've always been busy but I'm more than happy to pay somebody to repair trucks and equipment and provide other necessary services if it means that I get to spend time with my wife and kids. I leave the office every day at 5:30 pm and everything from my day stays there. It will be always be waiting for me the next morning. Could my business benefit from me working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day? Hell yes it could! Is that any way to be involved in the lives of my kids and my wife? Definitely not. Like the saying goes, nobody looks back at the end of their life and says "Gee, I wished I had worked more".
     
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,628

    My motto is "do what you do best". For me its landscaping and anything else like roof repair, or mechanics I pay someone to do. Its not ego, just time management, so that I can enjoy what little time I have to myself.
    Some guys like to sit idle when not at work, just in front of the tv or reading a book. Not me, I'll cut grass or wash a car or truck long before sitting down doing nothing.
     
  5. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    I think time off once in a while minimum makes you more productive. You can work, work, work and loose your motivation and start chasing your tail and not even know it. Burnout is tougher to recuperate from if do t take som e time out at least a half day a week. At some point you crash, hopefully on a pillow.
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  6. landscapedesignpros

    landscapedesignpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    I all ways pay my guys to clean trucks, mow my yard, clean the shop un load trucks basicly any thing I can as it frees up my time in the evening to spend will my little man. wouldnt trade this time for any thing in the world hes 11 months old.
     
  7. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    This is all very true! I would rather have the time to spend with my family and not have a ton of money then have a ton of money and no time with my family..
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  8. pdreibels

    pdreibels LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    Well said.
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  9. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    Seven habits of highly effective people
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  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Spending time with my son today at the county fair. His grandpa has a pig for him to show in the pee-wee division at the 4H show barn.

    My two guys are finishing up a mulch job they got rained out of yesterday. I need to do some minor work this afternoon, but that's it for me.
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