Running a business can be stressful and there is a lot of pressure to constantly be “on”. You go to a wedding and you’re handing out business cards. You go for a friend’s thanksgiving ceremony and you’re sneaking out to take a customer’s call. You’re at your own birthday party and you’re mentally reviewing a new project you just started. After a while you find that this keeps happening over and over again. There is nothing wrong with being focused on making your business successful (gotta make that money!) but we also need to know when to just switch off.
Part of the reason I actively try to find new experiences and activities is so that my brain has time to recharge and I get more fuel to reach for the things I truly want in life i.e. my personal success metrics. It’s also important to set boundaries around the things you love or even for your own personal time. For example, I run a consulting business and I make a point to minimize phone calls at night because that is when I decompress and invest in me-time. I find that once I am clear on these rules, most people respect them.
I found this fascinating TED presentation from Shonda Rhimes about finding time for the things that give you joy. Let me know what you think!
P.S. Can you feel the Olivia Pope? #gladiator