Sorry, it took me a while to write the next post since my days have been packed with things to do the past week. And I have no one else to blame than myself.
I don´t know about you, but I tend to postpone things from time to time. Especially things I am not too fond of doing. Have you experienced that as well?
The thing is that it becomes a huge energy thief. It takes more energy NOT to do, than it takes to DO. We create a negative spiral when we don´t act. Both towards our goals, and the everyday things.
What happened this time was that I kept pushing the preparations for the monthly accounting in front of me. It is crazy. It is not a surprise that it is a part of running my own business, and the deadline is on the 12th every month here in Sweden, not for the last months turn-over, but the month before that! In other words, I have 1 month and 12 days to do it. Yet I am almost always late.
During the last two weeks, it was nagging me more and more for every day that passed. It affected my stress level negatively, my sleep quality, and it even lead to me to not doing other things that should have been done. Things I WANTED to do. Like this blog for example. Negative spiral.
You will probably find a lot of daily things that you are postponing regularly. Energy thief’s. It could be anything from simple things like washing the dishes, cleaning the house and wash your car, to more serious things like calling the friend you haven’t talked to for a while, spend more time with the kids and spouse, and so on. Those are the non-business part of your life. So, what about the business parts?
If you are employed, I´d bet that you are postponing daily work-stuff sometimes. How does that feel? What does it do to your mood and stress levels? When it happens, who do you blame? Your boss for loading you up with work? Probably. Well, of course that could be the real case, but wouldn´t you agree that most times YOU could have done it differently? Look yourself in the mirror before blaming others, and your life will take turns you could not even dream of.
If you are owning a small business I guess the more common scenario is that you need to push yourself into doing the necessary things. There is no boss telling you what to do. You are the boss. As I perceive it, that is the biggest difference between an employee and a small business owner. You need to be extremely self-disciplined. If you don´t take the next call, or open your shop in time, or hand in the monthly accounting for that matter, you will be out of business within a few months. Fear of loss. That could be a great motivator, but it could also be very stressful.
If I look at the lifestyle business I am in, Network Marketing, the doing-part is the difference between failure and success. What I have learned during the years in this industry, is that I need to do simple, duplicatable things, regularly, on a daily basis. The successful partners in my team are doing it. The non-successful aren´t. It is as simple as that. We´ll dive deeper into that topic in future posts.
The 5 Second Rule
Often, big problems are small ones piled up. If we do the small things instantly when they appear, they will never grow into something big. I am sure you occasionally have been really good and done this at times. How did that make you feel? Content? Happy? Relieved? Proud? Well, those are all energy boosters, and would you rather not have those instead of energy thief’s?
So, start DOING. Don´t postpone. A trick you can try is the 5 Second Rule. As soon as you think, “oh, I should be doing this now”, or, “I will do it later”, “I´ll start tomorrow”, start counting down from 5 and then do it. Instantly. No excuses. Try it and see how it works for you! If you want to take a closer look at that method, check out the blog of the founder of that rule, Mel Robbins, at https://melrobbins.com/the-5-second-rule/.
Why don´t we make a challenge out of this as well? Pick ONE thing that you have been wanting to do but never got started. It could be eating healthy, start to work out, start your own business, make up with that long-lost friend, or whatever you have been longing to do. DO a little every day and watch your life change.
My challenge pick is working out. From today I will start running again. After 11 marathons between 2004 and 2012, I have turned into a couch potato in the last 5 years. Now it is time for change. I will start by running for at least 30 minutes every other day, which means 3-4 times per week. As my muscles builds up again, I will be able to run longer and more often, but we´ll see when that day comes. I´ll keep you posted.
What will your challenge be?
Now I am off to do the dishes, they have been piling up for days in the kitchen…
5, 4, 3, 2, 1
You´ve Got One Life – So Do It All!