Lately I feel like I'm working more than ever, but at the end of the day instead of feeling satisfied I'm disappointed by the long list of things that I didn't have time to get to.
Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE what I do! But as my new businesses grow, so do the levels of stress in my daily life. Now I could easily just accept this as a sacrifice of success, but the whole reason I love being an entrepreneur is because I get to live my life on my own terms.
So I'm going to do something drastic....
You see I have this routine, each morning right when I wake up, I reach for my phone and immediately start checking my email.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there?
It's just a habit that I've developed over the years based upon curiosity and necessity at the earlier stages of my businesses.
Here's the Problem:
I start my day out by looking at what everyone else's agenda is for me, instead of focusing on what I'm looking forward to working on, or using my clear head to strategize.
Instead of deciding how my day should be spent, I allow others to dictate what they need from me. And it's taking a toll on my productivity, the quality & enjoyment of my work, and also on my relationships.
I notice that when I try and work on projects, I'm constantly distracted by my email inbox pinging. That little red notification at the bottom of my screen makes me feel frazzled and I find it very difficult to concentrate.
So enough whining, do you want to know what I'm going to do about it?
Here's What I'm Going to Do About It:
I've made the decision to challenge myself to NOT CHECK MY EMAIL UNTIL 3PM EST every weekday for 30 days.
Now for some of you, this may not seem too drastic, but for me this is HUGE!
It will be extremely hard for me to wake up each day and restructure the way that I work. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm determined to find a solution for the amount of stress and overwhelm that so many of us face as entrepreneurs.
At this time, I'd like to invite you to join me on this challenge.
I know something like this isn't possible for everyone, but may be an exciting opportunity for those of you who are looking for a more effective way of managing your time, energy and overwhelm.
Either way, I need your help to keep me accountable!
I promise to post a entry each week here and report back about how it's going. I'll share if it's helping, or any horror stories (hopefully there won't be any)!
Comment below if you'd like to join me on this 30 day challenge, and/or let me know if you'll help keep me accountable!
I'll be personally reviewing all responses.