John Harms on Finding Balance

Q:  As a salon owner, I tend to get overwhelmed with all the tasks and responsibilities that come with running a business. It starts to feel like I’m spread too thin, but I’m also afraid of not being busy because this is my livelihood. Do you have any insight on finding a balance or ways to avoid burn out?

When it comes to your business, being busy is never a bad thing. However, as attention spans shrink with the increase of content consumption, it’s easy to let time escape us. You need to make the effort to pause and reset, both mentally and physically. 

The fear of missing out and keeping up has joined the hustle mentality, leaving little room for the maintenance of personal wellbeing. The combination of the daily grind and digital connection can weigh heavily on anyone, and rest starts to seem like wasted time. Making the time to check out so you can check in on yourself is not only important for your wellbeing, but also has a huge impact on your business. You can’t work at your best if you’re burnt out.


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Slowly incorporate rest within your routine by blocking time out in your Google calendar, appointment book, etc., and set an alert to remind you. Commit to that time, even if it’s 5 minutes, to refocus and reset.

As a salon owner, you may feel uneasy stepping away from your business. Luckily, we do live in the digital era, and resources are available to make shutting off more comfortable. The culture you have instilled in your team should provide you with someone you can entrust your business to when you are not present. In addition, the salon software you use should have a security feature, to alert you when things are out of the ordinary, as well as automated reporting capabilities to keep you up to date on your KPIs (key performance indicators). 

Hard work will take you places, but hard work, a clear head and good health will take you further.

John Harms
Millennium Systems Internationa, Founder and CEO

About: John Harms, Founder & CEO of Millennium Systems International, creator of Millennium Software, has been designing industry leading salon scheduling software and educating the beauty & wellness industry since 1987. Today Millennium is utilized in thousands of businesses in over 38 countries and operating with approximately 150+ employees worldwide.  Millennium currently runs its corporate headquarters out of New Jersey and its international office is based in the U.K.