How many times a week do you hear the words “I’m too busy” from a friend or colleague? It seems we are all busy. Too busy. Soooooo busy. Over the course of my career, and now with kids ranging from second grade to high school, I have often answered the request for a business project with the words “I’m too busy.”
But are we all really TOO busy? Or are our priorities in the wrong order? There is an entire genre of nonfiction dedicated to organizing, cleaning up and freeing up time in your life (trust me, I’ve read them all). But I believe the best advice boils down to just a couple of simple tips:
- Let go of perfectionism. Many women are overachievers, a habit that can develop from an early age. A healthier option is not to aim for perfection, but to aim for EXCELLENCE.
- Unplug. Man I love this one. So many women set up their business so they can work from home. Great idea, right! Yes, but work-at-home situations can also mean a loss of boundaries. It took me a long time to learn to not check emails constantly (and I honestly still glance at them while stirring spaghetti). But the time away from our phones is time to reenergize.
- Get a life. I used to have a life, way back in my 20s. Then I became a professional and then a mother. And then my life became someone else’s life. I can be resentful…or I can go find hobbies outside of work and kids. I recently started horseback riding again, something I relished in my youth on our ranch. What I love most about this activity is that it’s truly impossible to cantor a horse and check email on your iPhone (I have tried). So for one hour I can put away the world. One hour equals a lifetime in some stressful weeks.
Work/life balance is all the rage, but I honestly don’t believe there is a balance. Instead, I believe there is a season in life for all things. There is a season on the farm when work comes first (planting, harvest). There is a season in life when kids take priority. And there is a season when your business demands your full attention. Can we have it all? Yes, but maybe not all at the same time.
I challenge you this week to let go of perfectionism, unplug and get a life. Maybe not in that order! Your business will benefit from those three things.