Several months ago I realized that I was working all the time.
I was all business 24/7. I didn’t turn off. There were always 2, 3 or 4 projects going.
I was thinking about work when I was with my family. I was answering emails, creating posts, editing videos, doing Skype coaching calls, you name it – anything I could do from a laptop, I did. The flip side of the laptop lifestyle is that being wireless just extends the leash.
I’m all for doing what it takes to innovate, collaborate, serve my customers, complete projects, yet we also need to think about boundaries in our life so we can have a life.
There are spaces and times that work should not interfere; even when you’re pushing for the big goal. We need to set parameters for work, physically and mentally, because the entrepreneur’s job is never, ever, ever, “done.” The only way to be done is to choose that we are done for that day.
When I decided to flip the scenario, I found an office about 11 minutes from my house. It has everything I need to be productive and be around brilliant minds that would challenge me.
I also took the step of letting go of my laptop. The truth is, I don’t want to be on a beach typing away; I want to enjoy the beach.
Now I go to work in the morning and pick up the kids from school at night. The house is empty all day M-F.
I realized for ME, I can’t be efficient working at home on my iPhone. It’s frustrating writing long posts or working on a film script on my iPhone. Good! That is the idea.
I’ve got a super-fast iMac that can handle any HD/4K editing I can throw at it at the office and I have my iPhone. It causes me to be even more focused, more intentional, more present when I am at work and when I am at home. You may find that having more time will not actually allow you to get more done, it just stretches out work to fill the space you allow it to.
So, now I choose to work at work and have fun everywhere else.