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.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.