Business, Not as Usual
I turned 39 the other day and I took a few days off of work and spent them with family and doing things that I love. That was my gift to myself and it was very well deserved and appreciated. Also, big thanks to those that wished me a happy birthday!
I'm back in the office today and I'm going towards 40 with a plan, of course. I'm busy, we all are. I love my work and it's hectic at times, but I'll never, ever, ever allow my work to own me. It's mine to own and to control. Period. Thats the beauty of taking risks and making moves: freedom. It does come at a cost, lots of them, but it's worth it.
My work isn't something that I walk away from at the end of the day. It isn't something that understands business hours or boundaries. It's a 24/7/365 job. It's one that I created and one that I love, but it's hard work keeping up everyday and always being on.
Going forward, I'm going to communicate to the world, clients, friends and family a few things that will help me to do my best work and to truly enjoy my work. Those that appreciate me and my work will be respectful and understanding and those that don't, well, those aren't my people and that's okay.
Office Hours = time to be productive and do work. I create and manage media, lots of media, and that requires a lot of focus. This is also when I handle business, attend meetings, create, reply, call, text, email, make sales, and reach business goals for myself, clients and anyone on my team.
Sunday = Family Day. This is when I spend quality time with my family without looking at my phone or computer all day. I love my family and appreciate them and they are a priority. No business, no exceptions. Unplugged.
Monday = Me Day. This is my personal day to plan the week, run errands, garden, take care of personal business and appointments, and to handle domestic duties. I'm not unplugged completely, but it's not a work day. It's a day to recharge for the week ahead so that I can be my best and do my best work. This is when I shift from production to planning and this requires alone time and focus without adding onto the pile.
I'm sharing this with you because you're important to me. And besides, the more you know...