with Aliza Sherman
If you own a business - home-based or otherwise - this is the blog where you'll find practical tips and smart ideas about entrepreneurship. I've started and run 4 different businesses so "been there, done that." I'll also invite successful entrepreneurs to share their best advice with you.
To learn more about Aliza, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! and her website, www.mediaegg.com.
I spent my Halloween working. I couldn’t help it. I was on deadline. Multiple deadlines. And I had spent the entire weekend working but couldn’t seem to get everything done.
It wasn’t entirely a bust of a holiday. I did go to a Halloween event in my community with my husband and 4-year-old so she could get her first official taste of Trick or Treating. She’d been before but didn’t remember it, so this was a “not to miss” family event. I didn’t miss it, and when I was away from my computer, I actually didn’t miss it either.
But after less than two hours, I was back in front of it, bleary-eyed and mentally drained. But I made all my deadlines - at least for now.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
I can blame “workaholism” and compulsive perfectionism, but the truth is that I seem to be getting worse and worse at time management instead of better. Plus I’m still plagued with the inability to say “no” to an opportunity that means a little more income or another building-block for my business.
But where does it end?
I recently did a video for She’s Next about setting boundaries. I have to listen to my own advice. I included the well-known quote “Nobody ever said on their deathbed ‘I wish I spent more time at the office.’” And yet I spend more and more time at the office.
It isn’t New Year’s yet, but I have to make some early resolutions here and now. I will work harder to set boundaries and keep work manageable. I will have fun, and spend more quality time with my family. I will get in shape and take better care of myself.
These all sound like a familiar refrain. But I mean it this time, really I do.
Is working getting in the way of your play? What are you doing about it?
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