Time waits for no one. You have reached the end of your day and it has been packed with the usual all-consuming activities. After falling exhausted into bed, however, you feel like your life is just missing something!
Somehow, you’re not quite fulfilled or something is a bit off or complacent. What’s worse may be that you’ve not even had a moment to really think about it. You’ve been too busy and too tired!
Have you been forgetting that you should be living the dream – not just dreaming about living?
The Rush of Future Success
Many entrepreneurs get hooked on the rush of being in motion and having new and exciting tasks. They won’t take the time to slow down and evaluate their current position. It can be too easy to confuse meetings, reports, and charts, and client contact for forward motion. This type of hustle and bustle and constant buzz that can become the culture of the workplace can mask itself as a productive workplace. If a manager has become so focused on future success that he or she has forgotten about present – people can be left behind. In reality, it can be a place that is spinning its wheels and making very slow progress if any at all. Not all progress is created equal either.
An anxiety driven workplace or lifestyle is one of simply putting out fires. If you have found yourself in this position it may not feel like anxiety. It may just feel like going about your daily tasks and getting the job done. Your daily routines have become so rote that it hardly affects you. But are you living? At what point will you burn out or your best people burn out or go where their talents are recognized?
This type of lack-luster living denies the creative process!
It’s Time to Make It Count – Start Living!
- Only do what you need to: Delegate! Are you really the only person that can complete this particular task? Could you train/hire someone to complete it? Delegate.
- Limit meetings: A study from the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School shows that CEOs spend roughly one third of their time in meetings. Keep meetings organized and brief – There is no need for horribly long meetings. Introductions including a summary of why everyone is there, organized discussion, and a conclusion – Client meetings can be equally organized but of course can vary.
- Question the “norm”: Too often, we do things because we feel “we have to” or “it’s always been that way” Is it really necessary? What can be changed or eliminated in a day?
- Find you time:It has been found that those who take 10 or 15 minutes in their day to themselves are actually less stressed and more productive than those who try to power through. Take a walk and just sit outside on a bench – or go to the executive lounge or simply just turn away from your desk and shut your eyes and do some deep breathing.
Life tends to just pass us by when we are busy trying to build it. There are so many ways we can be productive, we forget that the best way can be to simply stop. Slowing down and taking a step back can sometimes be the best way to build the future.