Having your own business is a bit like social media. People only like to share the fun, nice and easy stuff. It feels like everyone else is cruising along with things going well and straight forward for them, no one talks about the behind the scenes administration and “boring tasks” along with those days where you just have too much to do and no idea where to start!
Everyone has those days where productivity isn’t great and the to do list is too long. It’s the time when you’re faced with too much to do that you end up procrastinating and faffing or, just doing the easy and quick tasks to feel like you’ve achieved something.
I had that week last week, I’d eaten too much sugar for a few days and felt tired from doing too much (I always go through phases of burning myself out and need to take a couple of days off) in the Corporate world I could guarantee I would get flu on Boxing day when my body finally gave up! It didn’t help when I had a client booked in, had confirmed via e-mail but when I turned up they were not home……lesson number 54, always take a deposit to confirm a booking!!
When things go wrong it feels like everything is going wrong, you know those days when it feels like everything isn’t going your way and you wished you’d stayed in bed. Everyone has them but no one talks about them well, not when you have your own business-everyone moans at their desks when employed. I think that it’s not spoken about because you have to get on with it, there’s no one to kick you up the arse and no one to pick up the slack. it’s all you, you, you.
I powered through last week, didn’t even write a blog post as I wasn’t in the “zone”. Which is not a great time to write as nothing seems to come to mind very easily and being a positive person it is difficult to share when things are not great-it sounds like a constant moan (I moaned enough for a lifetime when I was younger so avoid it now!) but here I am admitting that it was tough. I had overdone it but you can’t slow down when there’s no one else to pick up the pieces. So, I kept going until last night I managed 10 hours sleep – this isn’t solid sleep due to pet issues but it was still 10 hours! I’ve been back on it today, got lots of jobs done, cleared down my e-mails, updated my diary and got back in the zone.
Sometimes we need a day off, and I don’t mean a day at home as that doesn’t necessarily mean a day doing nothing – I spent an afternoon on one of my non-work days (when I’m not working I have a 18 month old to look after) on the sofa. I felt so guilty I couldn’t relax, also because I had to keep an eye on the tiny human but, it’s not a proper day off.
I now have to diary time to have time off, how random does that sound?! It’s true though and ensures I do take a break and do nothing, if only by getting 10 hours sleep!
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