If you had asked me months ago if I was a workaholic I’d answer with a chuckle and a definite no. I have finally realized what my friends and family have seen all along, I certainly am. As a teenager I worked four jobs along with going to school full time. It certainly wasn’t for the money because I didn’t have anything to show for all the work. In University I packed my school schedule tight and worked two jobs, never really having time to just chill with my residence buddies. Now as an adult I am always up to something. If I am not working several jobs I am working full time and puttering in something else. Now I own two companies, this one and my consulting company.
Have you ever read Donald Trump’s book, “Think Big”? I have and I loved it, couldn’t put it down in fact. Not terribly well written but I finished that book thinking that I must be one of his long lost daughters. I live, eat, breath and sleep my company. Not my consulting one, this one. I am one of those bad parents, spouses and friends who is not really listening when you are talking because I am thinking about work.
A few months ago my laptop died, just called it quits. It was then that I decided I wasn’t going to replace it because then I would stop working in bed morning and night, before and after a full day’s work. Well, I have purchased my new laptop and yes you guessed it, I am lying in bed at our cottage working, writing this exact post. In fact I have been up since 6am working. I can’t use my internet here so I thought I couldn’t get anything done but I actually had a way more productive couple of hours. I have started my planning for the next year; blog posts, things to talk about in our newsletters, staff challenges, ideas for my team meetings, Facebook promotions and so much more. I feel a million times better. I am happier, feel more in control and feel like I can get ahead of the game.
How does that show work-life balance you ask? Well, my kids are teenagers which means they don’t particularly want to spend time with us right now, my husband is a tv/movie junkie and falls asleep the minute he lies down in bed so which means that I am actually producing while everyone in my family is doing what they want to do. And by getting so much done early in the morning or late at night I can be more focussed during the day at my other job as well as in the evenings and on weekends when other people need my attention.
Now, if I can just find some time to workout during my day I will be living the perfect life.