Summer is a busy time of the year for roofers, which can result in Summer Roofing Anxiety
While revenues typically go up for most reputable roofing companies during the dog days of summer, happiness levels don’t always follow suit.
In fact, sometimes roofers become so stressed from their jobs that they become depressed.
Here now are 10 things roofers can do to avoid falling into a pit of summer depression, as explained by Roofing Insights CEO Dmitry Lipinskiy.
1. Don’t stop exercising
The last thing most people want to do after a long day of work is go do more physical activity.
But going to the gym or participating in other sports can have huge benefits.
“I promise you, if you don’t quit the gym, if you keep going, you will feel better, and you will actually have more energy,”
2. Stop drinking alcohol
“Alcohol is a huge contributing factor to your depression, anxiety, and a lot of bad things in life,”
Even one or two beers can have an impact on your next day, whether it’s waking up with a slight headache, or sleeping in too long.
Avoiding alcohol is one way in which roofers can minimize all the distractions that can pull them away from being productive.
3. Plan more
Winging it and flying by the seat of your pants may work for a few weeks, but eventually, formulating a plan is necessary to ensure long-term success.
“If you start planning your life and your company, you’ll have a better picture of what’s ahead, and you’ll be less stressed,”
4. Delegate more
One person can’t run a roofing company, but that doesn’t mean many don’t try to do just that.
“A lot of business owners are trying to wear all the hats in the company,”
Lipinskiy mentions, going on to say that doing so will quickly lead to a roofer burning out.
5. Hire help
“You cannot pack everything into one day,”
Lipinskiy states, advising business owners to farm out tasks that don’t require their immediate attention.
“Learn how to delegate. Learn how to hire.”
6. Find a mentor
The best way to learn how to do something is to get advice from someone who has already done what you’re trying to accomplish.
That’s why Lipinskiy advises business owners to find a mentor.
“When you talk to someone who understands you, who has already been there, that will help you the most,”
7. Focus on big picture
“If you stop, and you look at the numbers, maybe take a day off to analyze where you are today, and look at where you’re going, you’ll gain perspective,”
Often in business, we get so caught up with monitoring our profits that we forget that there are so many other aspects to a roofing business.
Whether you realize it or not, your business is constantly evolving.
Therefore, you need to constantly refine and improve your business so that it will be around for years.
8. Travel often
Sometimes it’s best to get away from your business, even during its most stressful times.
A summer vacation is great for providing relief when things get too hectic.
Lipinskiy takes his family on a vacation every summer, not only because he wants to create lasting memories with his loved ones, but also because he knows that afterwards he will feel inspired and rejuvenated.
“Take your wife, take your kids, and spend time with your family. When you come back, you’re going to be completely refreshed,”
9. Manage your numbers
More jobs don’t always mean more profit.
Just because you have sold 100 more roofs this year than last doesn’t mean you’re making 100x as much money.
“Make sure you always find time to manage your numbers,”
Neglecting to keep your books in order is a surefire way for money to get lost in the shuffle.
10. Lose cell service
Along the same lines as number eight, detaching from your cell phone is an excellent way to gain perspective on what’s truly important.
Often, we become too entrenched in our daily business that we forget to separate ourselves from our jobs.
This can lead to things like stress and depression.
Lipinskiy says it’s important to let go and enjoy the special moments in life.
“I always go places where my cell phone doesn’t have service,”
“When you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, magic happens, especially if you’re the business owner.”
What are your thoughts on summer depression in the roofing industry?
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