While some advisors are telling me that they have time on their hands that they did not have before March of this year, many are telling me just the opposite–that they’re busier than ever. Now that so many of us are working from home, it’s even more important to take time for yourself!
I recently received this email from an advisor:
Maybe you can do an article on finding time for yourself and the people you love.
I don’t have time to even take one day off! I need an 8-day week for that. I am feeling very stressed and my patience is stretched to the limit, which I know is affecting the quality of my work.
I know I’m not the only one who feels that way…
Here’s how I answered her:
The ”time” issue is one that comes up often in my work, even now.
But it’s largely a “made-up” issue. I’m hoping this never happens, when we’re all able to be out in the world again, but what if you needed to take one day off each week to spend time with a sick relative or friend. Would you be able to do your work the rest of the week and still take that day?
Most people say they’d find a way and that yes, if forced to, they could do it. So, it’s not impossibility that keeps us from taking a day off to recharge our batteries; it’s a choice we’re making. And most of us make the wrong choice.
And often their time issue involves being afraid to invest in the help they need. Is that true for you?
Our best ideas come from slowing down and taking time to think. Our greatest bursts of energy and productivity come after we’ve taken some time away from what we end up calling the daily “grind.” (It shouldn’t be a grind; it should be a joy—and one of the reasons it’s not is that we don’t step away from it enough.)
Start with a half-day a week to do whatever you like. Don’t answer your calls–make some alternate arrangement.
Tell me how that feels after a month. I know it’s counter-intuitive, but you’ll eventually start making more money taking time off than you do working around the clock.
And if you want help with this, let’s talk.
You can accomplish more after a half-day or day off every couple of weeks than you can working straight through. You don’t need extra days; you need to make the decision to take time for yourself and to invest in the help you need.
Try it, and tell me what you think afterwards. In the meantime, keep REACHING…
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