My clients often write or call in a state of overwhelm and panic as their to do lists grow mammoth and the energy required to start a new business (especially while still employed) seems impossible. I am having one of those moments myself.
I have the good fortune to be writing a series of articles for my friends at Startup Nation that profile people who have successfully made the transition from corporate drone to thriving entrepreneur. I will discuss them in an interview at Startup Nation Radio which will air on May 20. (I will be sure to provide you with the details when it airs – it is a nationally syndicated radio show, so it should be in your town. If not, it will be available as a podcast download.) All totally exciting stuff and I am way psyched to be doing it!
The only bummer is that with all this extra writing I still have not completed my ezine for April. And today is … May 1! Egads! I have babysitting 2 1/2 days a week, then the rest of my work gets done in the evenings when "The Bubs" goes to bed. My babysitting time is also filled up with general "life management" stuff such as paying bills and helping with the paperwork for my husband’s business (He owns a construction biz and is on the road at 4am each day, returning at 5 or 6pm … since he is pulling the most financial weight these days, I try to help him as much as I can!)
I tried to see if I could do a thing or two when I was watching Josh by myself one Tuesday. As he was happily pulling all the books off of the bookshelf in my office, I was trying to quickly dash out an email. Suddenly I heard a BONK! He had slipped on my gigantic "Successful Manager’s Handbook" and hit his head on the bookshelf. He got a little bruise on the side of his head and I felt like a horrible mother. So I swore off trying to write anything with him underfoot. I still do the occasional phone call, but my poor clients and friends have to put up with squeals and the occasional hang-up as Josh pushes the buttons on the phone.
Times like these I follow the advice of Lisa Earle McLeod and her company Forget Perfect. Many of my fellow coach entrepreneurs never miss a publication date, spin out great products and services with flair and respond to all emails within 24 hours. I do that in my dreams! Each day, I do my very best. If I deliver my April ezine on May 3rd or 4th, I just hope my kind subscribers will give me a break. I choose to be happy and healthy at this stage of my life. I refuse to put my son in full-time daycare, or pull all-nighters just to do all the hundreds of things that I need to grow my business. I would rather be a turtle, slowly creeping along and enjoying the view. I have a small group of delightful clients and I adore the writing projects I am doing right now. Oprah may just have to wait a bit.
P.S. I know what some of you might be thinking: "In the time she took to write this blog post and find a good picture of a turtle, she could have finished her ezine!" You are probably right! But blog posts like this are therapeutic for me, so it was worth it to take the time to complete it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!