This was my Tuesday morning. 7.45am for a swim in the sea and coffee and cake afterwards. Monday I took an hour off at 2pm to climb Mt Kaukau with friends and on most Friday afternoons I have a nap at about 3pm.
We are all busy people, but let’s not get caught up in “being busy”. It’s not a badge of honour to wave around to let everyone know how hard you’re working or validate your work.
I used to feel guilty about taking time off during the day. I took more work on, got very busy, dropped in to bed, got up early, turned down social events, no time for exercise. It didn’t work, I made mistakes, dropped balls and worst of all I was very unhappy.
So I took myself off for a walk up a mountain (as you do) and just looked at how lucky I was how blessed, and how much I was missing with my head down.
I was worried about money. If I worked less I would make less right? Actually no. Taking more breaks gave me more clarity, I could be more focused, more effective and look at where I could increase my income without working HARDER or LONGER. I have doubled my monthly income. An epiphany! A revelation! I felt like such a dork for not recognising it sooner…
I didn’t see it sooner because I was busy being busy. That is not productive, or effective or healthy. I had forgotten one of the reasons I chose to work for myself was the flexibility to chose where I spent my time to go and do the things I wasn't doing with my friends when I felt like it.
As I was writing this blog I had a timely email from the fabulous Natalie Tolhopf (ok we haven’t actually met yet but she seems pretty fab!) It was a short snappy email where Nat called B.S on “the early bird catches the worm” she said
“I saw a bird today at 11 am...Mouth full of worms.
Just because you didn't do something at the right time,
doesn't mean you can't have your worm and eat it!
The bird catches the worm when it takes the ACTION.
Right on Natalie, it’s not about how much time you’re spending on your business, but the quality of that time spent. Are you being effective? Are you taking action?
So be good to yourself, take that walk in the sunshine, grab an ice-cream at the beach when you want one, then take action with clarity, focus and purpose. Your business and your mental health will thank you.
See you in the sunshine! Iona
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