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I attended Louise’s Time Management workshop. It was fantastic! Louise is a gifted presenter even making the subject of managing your time interesting and fun. For me it was a much needed reminder of concepts I knew but had not put into consistent practice. The idea of scheduling my “me” time was my big take-away.
Rev. Colleen M. Crook, M.A., CLC,
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Realistic Workload: Better Results
"You can do it," rings the battle cry of Super Entrepreneur. "You can do it all and you can do it all perfectly!"
Is this what you tell yourself? When we think that must do all the work required in our business and do it perfectly, we are setting ourselves up for burn out, and worse. We can destroy our health, family life and if we are not careful, the very business we so very much want to keep going with all this effort and perfection.
The quest to do well, to do better, is natural and an admirable goal for all of us. No one wants to think that they aren't doing what is needed and expected and that their effort or results are mediocre. "Yeah, I passed, barely," is not the stuff we want to brag about.
So in our business ventures, somewhere between barely passable and crazy, over-worked perfectionism, is a sweet spot, where we are proud of what we accomplish and we are not so overworked that we can't enjoy our own success.
This sweet spot is different for every person and the good news is that you CAN find it and learn to live there.
What is required is some serious down time, to actually think about it. What is most important for you, the business owner to do in your business? Are you trusting others to do what they do best to support you? What do you need to let go of permanently? What do you need to add...could it be more time to recoup and think strategically?
Only you know what is best for you at this time, in these circumstances. So back off a bit, let go of the nagging voice that says, "Do more, and more and more,and do it perfectly," and vow to do what is best for you and your business in the long term. My guess is that you will find that you don't have to work as hard as you think you do to reach your goals and I can almost guarantee that you will be much happier along the way