One of my biggest challenges is working from home. I know, it sounds great in theory but it takes serious discipline to separate the home office from the home.
Working two doors down from my bedroom serves as a constant reminder to check emails and texts, write blog posts, return calls, develop marketing campaigns, support my reps, plan or organize trips and events…at all hours of the day or night.
Don’t get me wrong, I LIVE for this stuff, but it’s difficult to squeeze everything into a balanced workday.
To top it off, I’m an idea person with a very busy mind (hence why I’m such a fan meditation…I need it!). There always seems to be a new idea streaming through, beckoning me back to the office to act on right away.
Because of my ultra-busy mind, and the seemingly endless stream of people, ideas, and resources I wish to connect with, rest is usually the last thing on the agenda. Until I met Jamaica…
So, I finally bit the bullet and booked my over-worked self (and my busy brain) a quiet get-away to Negril, Jamaica last week. When I landed in Montego Bay, I saw a guy with a t-shirt that read,
“I am not lazy! I just really like doing nothing!”
The truth is…I really DO like doing nothing!
I had to ask myself, why then do I work so hard and end up having to work harder? Good question!
The answer is, I haven’t been leveraging my time or my skills effectively. DUH!
My short yet amazing solo vacation, gave me the space I needed to see my dreams and myself from a new perspective.
The English language is fascinating to me—you can hear a word and its meaning, think you understand the word completely, and then one day the stars align, a flash of brilliance strikes and all of a sudden AHAAAAAAAA!!!
It’s like a time-released definition. When the student is ready the meaning appears. The meaning of leverage has finally landed in my experience.
I spent a day listening to one of my mentors, Darren Hardy, present last year, and he probably used that word 50+ times. I know for a fact that my dearest mentor Chuck Reddick has told me every day for the last 10 years… focus on your strengths! Same exact thing…leverage.
If I actually leveraged my time better and focused more on what I’m good at, I would have a more balanced home-to-home-office life.
Leverage means using your greatest strength to the maximum advantage!
So my friends, my Woot! Woot! Magic for today is….
• Stop working against yourself—use leverage to boost your productivity and your results with much less effort.
• Utilize your resources—There are so many people out there who are better at certain things than we are (accountants, social media experts, cleaning crews, financial advisors, travel agents), for God sakes seek them out! They will free up your time and energy to do more of what you do best.
• If money is an issue, consider bartering—Chances are, they’re as much in need of a service you can provide as you are of their expertise. Now THAT’S using leverage to everyone’s advantage.
Perhaps Seth Godin said it best….
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Can you imagine living a life like that? I sure can.
What are your strengths? If you look back on your life, what are the things that really light you up? What are challenges that you consider pure pleasure? Perhaps there is a way to tie them together and enhance your current career with the things you actually love doing.
Leverage your strengths and increase your joy…
just for the health of it!