Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Recharging Your Batteries

The everyday highs and lows of life are enough to wear anyone down. Now add that to running a thriving business, and it’s no wonder that sometimes we need to take a break and recharge our batteries.

At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we’ve been going through months of construction and expansion, both inside and outside of our salon at Fashion Island. Our demand has also been growing by leaps and bounds and it seems we’re constantly hiring, educating and developing our salon staff to continue to be the best in the industry. Now add to that our first Orange County live hair show competition on May 2, and a newly launched nonprofit, Yachts for Tots, to introduce underprivileged and at-risk youth to the majesty of the ocean through fishing, kayaking, swimming, boating, surfing and more, and our plates are filling up fast. But wait, we’re not done; we’re also shuffling between TV shoots for the salon, and soccer and cheerleading practices for our four children. All of that is enough to make anyone lose their mind! So how do we manage? It’s all about identifying when it’s time to step back and recharge. For us, it comes down to two simple tips:

Figure out what works for you. For all of us business owners, it’s easy to stretch ourselves thin. But it’s also easy to recharge, if you allow yourself to do it. Recharging is different for everyone. For some, it’s a quick getaway where cell phones and emails take a backseat to family and conversation. For others, it’s just a day off to relax and allow our bodies to physically rest. And still for others, it may be a good book and tall glass of wine at the end of a long day. Whatever your strategy to recharge, identify it and do it.

Prioritize. While it’s hard to do, we have learned to say, ‘no.’ This has meant passing on national press opportunities; it’s meant turning down an exclusive invite to a fashion show or event; and it’s meant delegating tasks to our team that we would normally oversee. As author Stephen Covey said, “Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.” We couldn’t agree more. Scheduling your priorities becomes that much easier when you have a clear vision and you know what activities do and don’t align with where you’re ultimately headed.

When do you know that you’ve reached your limit and you need to step back and recharge? How do you do it?

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