I think we’re in a society where we promote and encourage busyness. When I was still working in corporate, every time someone would ask me what I was doing my automatic response was “I’m way too busy.”
Constantly chasing busyness.
I remember sitting at my desk one day and I had nothing to do and I felt so empty. I felt like I wasn’t being productive. So I threw myself into emails because I associated busyness with productivity but the reverse is actually true.
Productivity is the opposite of busyness.
Busyness makes you ineffective when dealing with challenges and problems.
My challenge for you today is when you feel you don’t have time, you need to make time to reflect.
You need to make time to be quiet.
You need to make time to step back and look at your life from a different perspective.
Now I know that’s going to be challenging because you’re already so busy! If you can step back from a stressful situation for 20 minutes and get your mind and body right you can complete the tasks you have for the rest of the day a lot more effectively.
When you are running on low, you’re working at half your efficiency. I know entrepreneurs who work 14 hour days. I work on maximum 6-7 hours a day. I think I get as much work as them done because I have a strong morning routine and time management practices in place that allow me to achieve incredible amounts in less time.
Entrepreneurship is hard. It’s stressful not knowing where your next salary or pay check is coming from. Sometimes you think, how am I going to live on savings? How am I going to borrow this money to pay that person?
Stress has been proven to slow down your efficiency so it’s totally okay and encouraged to take time off. I’m not saying take two weeks off for every week worked. I’m saying take a couple of minutes off everyday. Make time to nurture your well-being because you’ll be in a better head space and be much more effective at work.
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