I could schedule Facebook posts to my business page for December (the thing that will get me seen).
Or I could take myself through some coursework of a business program I recently purchased (the thing that will improve my business).
I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to work on them over the weekend while at my in-laws and I knew I already had planned a full week for myself this week.
What to do?!
I had identified both as priorities for the week.
It came down to two things.
Completing the business program coursework is a top priority for my business right now (I decided when goal setting for December).
To make the most of my business program coursework, I want an hour or two of focused and uninterrupted time and when scheduling Facebook posts I only need short 10-15 minute bursts of focus for about two hours.
So, Friday morning I spent about two hours on that coursework.
And Saturday afternoon I ended up having about two hours working at the kitchen table while my husband and his sister went shopping and my mother-in-law was busy doing her things (it might sound boring, but it was really a great afternoon).
I didn’t get everything done I wanted, but I made really great progress.
I think we go through different phases in our business.
One phase where we want to hunker down and get all the behind the scenes things done and we ignore the things that make us visible to others or get us seen (whether in person or virtually).
Another that is the opposite where we’re very visible, always being seen, but at the expense of the behind the scenes work.
And the third where we have a nice mix of the two.
Each phase is important and needed.
It’s also important to recognize when we’ve become really comfortable in one phase and are ignoring another.
As an introvert (or maybe as someone who likes to plan) it’s very easy for me to focus exclusively on the behind the scenes things.
But sometimes, in my effort to not do that I start ignoring some of the behind the scenes by over prioritizing visibility.
It’s like a pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, but finding that middle ground may require some work.
Do you have this interesting thing that happens at this time of year where you simultaneously want to slow down and also get ALL THE THINGS done?
Maybe it’s just me?
Doing fun and cozy things call to me to leave my office and work and partake of them.
But I also have new ideas percolating and the implementation of previous new ideas.
I think this is why people want to clone themselves. One part can stay in the office and satisfy that need to get ALL THE THINGS done and the other part can watch movies, do puzzles, and hang out with family.
It’s an interesting combination in my head.
Maybe yours too?
I don’t have a perfect way to handle it (I’d love to hear your suggestions!).
There are things I do that help.
When I’m working and I want to abandon all things for a new puzzle or movie these are some things I do:
Have a list of what I want to get done that day (and it might be a little shorter than what it would be at other times)
Work from the list (yes, I’m writing this out because I’m sure I’m not the only one that writes the list and then occasionally abandons it for other tasks)
Give myself a time that I get to put work away regardless of what is left on the list (with the understanding that I can do that without guilt or frustration)
For the times when I’m with family, watching a movie, or doing a puzzle and I’m thinking of all the work I could be completing or have an idea that just seems fabulous I have some other ideas.
If I’m with family I have a notebook close by or app on my phone (textpad, memo, or something else really simple) that I can quickly write down ideas or things to do that popup.
If I’m by myself it can be trickier.
Do I stop what I’m doing to go do the thing that pops into my head? Generally no.
I’ve already created some boundaries so I respect them and my personal time.
So, the advice above is used here too. However, if I have an idea I might take a couple of minutes to do some quick research or write out some details of the idea.
Do you have both these things happening at this time of year too? What are your suggestions?