There are times in everyone’s life when you have to compromise. There are only so many things we can do in 24 hours. So we need to prioritise and execute accordingly. I’m super bad at it though, I’m really bad at prioritising. But in the end, like anyone else, I need work-life balance.
You’ll note that blog posts slowed down. It’s as simple as that. I’m running a business during the day. During evenings, I’m trying to take my startup off the ground. There are days when I put 16 hours of work and nearly every weekend I work too. While looking at my timetable I needed to slow down on something and that turned out to be blogging. And sometimes work too. In the end, I want to be successful but not burn out.
I always had problems with prioritising. The best example is at work. I come to work and before I even start doing what I planned for the day I jump onto my emails. I read them probably for the next 15 minutes and then try to remember what I was doing. Then I get a phone call and my whole day is ruined.
Someone told me that a great way of dealing with it is setting up an autoresponder on your email saying that you only answer emails between 1 pm and 3 pm. This way before and after lunch, you have some time to do real work. However, in a small business, a lot of tasks are at stake and being able to reach the decision-maker is crucial. That’s what I’m trying to learn. Since the beginning of the year, I’m trying to put less time into managing my old business and looking at how it kind of runs itself. That is the end goal in the end. There are better days and worse but I think we’re heading in the right direction. We do need some alignments though.
Similarly at home – a very important lesson I’ve learned is not to let your business, no matter how many you have and how successful you are, affect your family. That’s why I am trying my best to spend at least a couple of hours of every evening with my wife. It might not be quality time but I’m doing my best to prioritise and optimise too.
Life is like a constantly managed project. If you manage it well you will get Return Of Investment. If you don’t – you fail and start over. Running a business is to constantly fail and start over. No one ever ran a business successfully from the start. It’s a story of failing every day and persisting, staying in the game and learning on mistakes. So here I am, failing with two businesses daily and learning every day. But I’m optimising and this blog needs to be proof of that. Roughly 30-40 minutes I spend on writing one blog post. And despite I failed many days this month, I keep optimising and I will get better. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.