It’s the beginning of another week, folks, and I had to pop in and say how much I appreciated all of the e-mails and comments that I got last Monday when I wrote about trying to find balance.
Writing is such good therapy for me. It always has been, and I had many of you reach out to me after that post and many of my “real life” friends message me on Facebook about it. It turns out, many of you are trying to seek some balance too.
I got messages from other working moms who felt the same way. I received e-mails from working dads and bloggers who spend their evenings on their online businesses when the rest of their families are asleep.
My big breakthrough, although he probably doesn’t realize it, was talking to Joe on Google Hangouts last week. Joe has a lot of experience in finance, but also in business coaching. Plus he’s old (kidding. sort of.) and he has a lot of experience with life in general. Oh, and he’s a dad of twins on top of all that so I really feel like he understands the crazy that is my life right now.
Joe really opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of my methods of running my business don’t really work. In sum, I’m a total spaz. I write half a post and then check my e-mails and then go back to the post and then get distracted by something else. Then I remember I was supposed to put the cloth diapers in the laundry, and well, you get the picture.
What used to be a nice, organized life and business has turned into total chaos.
Joe recommended grouping tasks and doing all of the same things at once. So, last night, I turned off Facebook and all of my e-mails, and I wrote 5 posts in a row. I got pretty tired towards the end, but I really pushed myself to finish. I have to say, I felt really accomplished at the end, and another interesting side effect was that I slept better too. (I tend to have a lot of trouble falling asleep because I run through everything I should have done that day, etc.)
Obviously, my issue of finding balance isn’t 100% fixed, but I’m on the road to figuring out a work flow and time management system that works for me.
I’ve realized that if something isn’t working, it’s time to change your methods.
This applies to your budgets, spending patterns, and even your relationships. I think we all have a habit of getting stuck in doing things our way or the way it’s always been done. However, I’ve realized life is about progress, not being stubborn, and continuing to try and tweak things until we all get it just right.
What’s been bugging you lately? What do you want to improve?