Sometimes someone says something that hits you between the eyes. The joy of running your own agency or business is that it is all about your choices. Or it should be.
But we forget. We fiddle and meddle. We spend an extra 10 minutes here or an extra hour here. Many becomes a little too obsessed with the business despite their best intentions. Running your own business is considerably worse than Facebook when it comes to looking for the next dopamine hit from the next positive interaction. As the business matures, we promise ourselves time out and then we sabotage out best intentions.
Like an addict we can’t quite leave it alone. One more check of the emails, one more look at the numbers. And before you know it, another opportunity to do something else (non-work) is gone. We can find time to go on a course to grow the business but what about ourselves.
Suddenly we have missed special moments as our kids grow up. We have to take our laptop on holiday. We have to just check something before we come to bed…
There’s a healthy attitude to work. There’s a slightly workaholic attitude. And then there is forgetting the difference between work and the real world. Losing the plot.
And then I heard those wonderfully observant words, from an agency friend.
“I need to learn not to work”
What about you? Do you need to learn how not to work? What are you going to do about it?