Sometimes, less IS more.  Sometimes, you can’t do it all.  Be it all.  And this is OKAY!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered a few ways to love your business.  To fall in love with it again.  Sometimes falling in love means doing less.  Sometimes it means serving less.  Sometimes it means saying “no” to a few things.

I love helping people.  I love it when a client has an “a-ha” moment and really gets it.  Really GETS IT.  And they flourish and their business flourishes.  It’s my fall in love moment.  It’s my “why I do this” moment.

But there are but so many hours in the day, so many days in the week and so on.  We all need balance or else the thing we love slowly becomes the thing that we dislike, just a bit.  We experience a bit of burnout.

love more - do less

Balance

Running and growing a business is important but you can’t do any of that if your health suffers because of lack of balance.  You can’t work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week AND be successful.  You need some balance. Your body and mind need rest and fuel.  You need adequate sleep, get out and move (exercise) and eat good food.

I know I sound a little wonky.  There are a lot of folks out there that preach about working hard, harder and hardest to attain your goals and I used to be one of them.  I used to push myself to the limit.  Until I was so tired that I could barely think straight but not so much.  Not anymore.

Love Yourself More…

Fact.  We are less productive when we are tired or hungry or sick.  Working yourself to the brink of insanity isn’t going to get you closer to the finish line any faster.  Ironically, the opposite may be the case.

You may be doing more harm than good.  You are slowly burning yourself out.  And although you don’t want to, you are slowly killing your business.  The business that you started out of love.

Turn the tables and do the opposite.  Stop following what everyone else is doing… stop following all the cool kids in school and figure out what works for you.  Love yourself, build your business steadily and healthily.

Do Less Work

What to do instead.  No more multi-tasking.

A crazy thing happened for me and my business when I stopped multitasking.  I got a lot more stuff done in the same time frame AND I could really account for what I was working on.

Seriously.  I know it sounds “dumb” but get focused.  Get crazy focused.

Be realistic about your time.  Put limits on how many things you put on your to-do list each day and put limits on how many hours you will work.  Here’s what I do.  I limit myself to 3 “big goals” per week and give myself a time limit of 6 hours per day.

This is what works for me and my business.  Take time to figure out what works for you and yours.


Do you have a method that works for you?  A method to your madness that allows you to love yourself more by doing a little less than you used to?  Let me hear it in the comments below.

Until next time,

J

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About The Author

Joyce M. Washington is a Certified Public Accountant & Business Strategy Coach who teaches consultants, coaches and creatives how to go beyond the numbers and grow their businesses. Visit her at: TheCommonCents.com to grab 7 Steps To Better Books or come chat with her at The Cents Community on Facebook.

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