I’ve had the opportunity to consider my time lately.
Things around here look and feel completely different now that I’ve purchased a home and my daughter is off to college.
Time for me falls into a variety of categories:
personal well being responsibilities
time off ” responsibilites — like actually taking time off
I evaluated time many years ago in these categories and found by actually making decisions about when to do what , I’m way more efficient and balanced
With my move and my mom hat off, I find I am back to making decisions again that will help me make the most use of my time
When I started my business 16 years ago I had not given myself value. I spent alot of time spinning my wheels and unproductive. I never attached a worth to my time. I began to practice a ” fake it until you make it ” approach just to give myself an air of professionalism. When are my office hours? Do I consult while making dinner? Do I work every single night and weekends? When is my actual time off? Working from home I initially found many of the fine lines of domesticity and running a business a blur. When I took off my business hat and put on my mom hat , versus wearing both at the same tim, I was a much better mom. A better business woman.
These days I feel at odds. I find myself distracted by the desire to unpack, get organized — taking care of all things home. I find now that I am not responsibly feeding a child – meaning predictably cooking because she needed to eat. I might find myself eating at the kitchen counter from the pot I cooked in…with a spoon no less!! Truth is I’d prefer that meal time have a bit more ceremony and some dignity. Where I was once making meals to feed a family. Now it’s meals for one. I am not as apt to spend the time preparing if it’s just for me. I do think feeding me has as much value as a child – don’t you? I just have to figure out how to do that!!
My business hours and time spent working have become a bit of blur. Days melding into one long string of phone calls, meetings, article writing is not respecting ones personal life. Eventually I’ll burn out if I keep at that pace. What are my new working hours?
It’s time to recreate the choice approach again.
Time to be efficient and create activities that are income producing.
The beauty of working from home is that my work day can look anyway that I want it to. I have been able to design business practices that work simply and predictably. I think that that working smart model conserves ones energies — namely MINE.