Sound Off: Should Entrepreneurs Work On Their Day Off?

Are you kidding me? I almost fell out of my rocking chair when I read Why Entrepreneurs Should Work On Their Days Off. Of course, it was posted at Under 30 CEO web site.  Weren’t we all a bit more naive then?  Take it from someone who has been an entrepreneur longer than under 30 CEO’s have been alive, working on your day off DOES NOT give you the competitive edge. (To my under 30 CEO colleagues: I’m not out of shape or out of touch.  Many of my under 30 entrepreneurial clients engage us because we’re innovative, relevant, and forward thinking.)

Here’s what really happens when you work on your day off and fail to give yourself time to rejuvenate:

  • You lose perspective.
  • You lose focus.
  • You lose your ability to concentrate.
  • Promises made to your clients are not kept. Stuff falls through the cracks.
  • You waste time hanging out at the “social media water cooler” on your regular workdays.
  • You get sick.
  • Your overall performance suffers.

Why? Because you’re tired! Your brain can’t function at its best when you’re fatigued and jacked up on Red Bull. You miss vital information and cues to information assured to create opportunities for your business. The competitive edge you gained by working on your day off has now been lost to fatigue and its resulting impact. Fatigue costs more than $136 billion per year in health-related lost productivity; 84% of those costs due to reduced performance at work. Is it really worth it? Will the gains you made working on your day off offset what you stand to lose by the resulting fatigue?

More, bigger, faster isn’t invariably better.

Rather than work on your day off, how about if you learn to work differently during your regular workdays to get a leg up on the competition, work on fun projects guilt-free, and be uber-productive.  Click here to talk to a business coach today about how you can have it all – including days off!

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!  What say you?


  1. Hey Jackie!

    It’s so refreshing for you to speak out against this mentality – I was reading an article the other day about how it’s difficult these days for entrepreneurs (especially newbies) to not constantly compare themselves to others. While it’s easier said than done, I think that this constant struggle also pushes young entrepreneurs to not know when to stop. I know that for my business, I am always thinking that I could be doing more and that I’m not doing enough. Of course I could be doing more – there’s an infinite amount of work to be done. But I also realized very quickly that taking time for myself is important to prevent from getting burned out. I still struggle with this – I can be laying in  my bed and I’ll wake up  in the middle of the night to write an idea down. It’s terrible! So yes, I love all of your thoughts on the importance of taking a day off to refresh your mind, and come back to work fully focused after you’ve relaxed for 24 hours!


  2. Appreciate you adding your thoughts, Jessie.  The feeling of “doing more or not doing enough” is the nature of entrepreneurship, isn’t it? Maybe we all need to redefine what “enough for today” looks like. :-D 

    Enjoy your day off!

  3. I’m finding you have to pay attention to your intuition on this one. It takes a good deal of self-awareness:)

  4. I make it a point to not work on Sundays and to also take a technology break. I don’t always want to, but I find that it makes me feel more peaceful. And speaking to Jessie’s point, there is an endless stream of work, so you could actually work 24 hours a day. I’m not sure how long you would last, though. . . .

  5. You’re really smart to take the technology breaks too, Anna. Studies indicate that its really how we manage our energy vs manage our time that creates the greatest bump in our productivity.

  6. I agree, everyone needs a break of some kind. That said, I admit to doing a few home tasks + business tasks on Sunday afternoon/evening to help get a head start on the week. The trick, for me, is not turning my head start into the full race.  “Enough for today” is a phrase I’ll remember.