Hi everyone! Today in my counseling session with my nutritionist, one thing came up that will drastically affect my online business – I hope for the better. Made a vlog for you and then some text below:
Right now, I work 6 AM to 10 PM with two one hour carpool breaks, a 1 hour bath and a little time here and there to make dinner, hold my babies, etc. But there is no scheduled down time and any time I am watching TV or doing anything else, I feel a huge amount of guilt that I should be kicking ass and earning money.
My nutritionist said there’s only so much kick ass in me – so when it’s depleted, my body and mind rebel against me with procrastination and weariness. I then turn to food, which is where the nutritionist comes in handy because you can’t feel too much guilt if you’re eating and watching TV, right?
Mealtime isn’t procrastination – it’s survival. Only I’m surviving on enough to feed a family of five.
When she went through my journal and looked at meals, feelings and needs (that’s what she has me track), recurring themes popped up – the need to feel accomplished, the procrastination and lack of official REAL down time, and the subsequent guilt and shaming I do afterwards when I didn’t kick the ass I thought I should have kicked.
Enter the 6 hour workday plan. For the next two weeks (and hopefully longer if it works), I will have the following schedule:
6-7 AM – I will work – this is check in stuff, customer service, business banking, etc. I will have coffee and a coffeecake during this time as a morning snack.
7-8 AM carpool.
8-9 AM breakfast for 30 minutes and relaxation for 30 minutes.
9-11 AM – work. Money tasks.
11 AM-12 PM – lunch break – 30 minutes of eating, 30 minutes of TV or relaxation
12 PM-3 PM – Work. Money tasks.
3 PM-4 PM – carpool with a snack
5 PM-6 PM downtime with my kids – homework, hearing about their day, fixing dinner
6 PM – dinner for 30 minutes.
6:30-7:30 PM spend time with the kids, relaxing, and having fun.
7:30-8:30 PM bath time
8:30-9 PM more time with the kids or read, etc. (Yea! I like this already)
9-10 PM – check in on business real quick and then spend the rest of the hour thinking about my business direction before bed. This will be relaxing and fun – stuff I’m passionate about, not boring tasks and responsibilities – how I want to change the world stuff – even reading to better myself and understand my direction.
So I’m really happy with this schedule.
How many of you do the same thing I was doing? Where you flounder? That’s me right now – a big old flounderer!
Those fish freak me out but guess what? They represent this situation PERFECTLY – know why? Both eyes are on one side of their head – they have no balance, just like I lack balance right now. Even though I can get everything done – house, earnings, etc., it is still feeling pressured and I need permission to enjoy life. That’s a BIG problem area for me.
For example, buying that furniture? I enjoy the hell out of it – but I’m instantly thinking, “debt, bills, must work harder…”
I NEED to allow myself to enjoy that furniture – it was needed. I can’t wait to start living life until the debt’s paid off in full. I have to recognize when things are worth the investment or splurge and do it.
So there we have it – from 13 hours a day of working to 6. I wonder how it will impact my business and my profits? Obviously, if I need to alter it, I will – but somehow I think it’s going to be one of the best things I’ve ever done.