One of the hardest things about being self employed, for me, is the inability to separate home and work life. Not because I work from home so much, but more so because I find that thinking about my business leaks into every part of my life.
I could be out to lunch with my family and my thoughts would constantly cross over to my experience at the restaurant as a customer and how I could apply that to my business.
Or how the list of things to improve, change or stop seems to never end.As my business is growing, so is my family and I find that I’m constantly torn between them. Both of my babies need my attention and it feels like when I’m with one, I should be with the other.
This constant battle for my time creates a state of overwhelm where I have become the ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ and I reach the end of the day questioning what I actually achieved while adding more tasks to tomorrows list.
So, I roped in all the babysitters I could and worked my schedule with Army precision to achieve one solid week to work. One week to knock off the bigger tasks, clean up our systems and prepare for the next 6 months of me popping in and out of the business without guilt.
After 5 days of solid work and productivity, I find myself with renewed motivation and energy for the business. Armed with lists of the important jobs that need to get done, I took such pleasure in crossing each one off.
There will always be something that needs to be done in your business.
It will always be a work in progress and that block you’re chipping away at will slowly form something resembling a statue.
Be kind to yourself.
Take care of your mental state because ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.