Alas you know we’ve been busy with the commotion. But today’s article deals with just that….being busy. We’ve been helping entrepreneurs get their feet wet and win big since we’ve started Mavens Table but have noticed all too often the same tired story. “I’m so busy” “I have no time” I haven’t taken a vacation in 1,2,3 years”
These statements are normal happenstance but that’s just the problem……we become entrepreneurs to enjoy a different set of rules; our own. We know that our normal posts and articles are business related but with our new found growth we’ll be providing our members with a much needed tool that is often lost or never thought of…our day to day (or life for that matter) mindset.
HAVE THE DAMN CAKE
The old saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” drives us nuts! Why the hell would someone have cake….and not eat it. Now before the self proclaimed literature and or philosophical buffs come out of the woodwork attack us. Think for a minute; why leave a 9-5 and become an entrepreneur only to live even more miserable and more busy??
The happy entrepreneur delegates, executes and cuts waste and isn’t busy….he/she uses time for productivity.
BEING BUSY IS A WASTE OF TIME
We’ve seen and heard tons of times people referring to “hard work” and “swamped with work” or our favorite “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” etc. There were a few who actually signed up for our one on one consultation and what we found was meaningless and tasks of little importance taking up a huge portion of their work day.
One client we worked with would check his voicemail first thing in the morning. During the day he would continue to check his voicemail, followed by simple tasks like responding to emails and Facebook (he called it networking). Before we knew it, it had struck 3pm and he still hadn’t performed all of our proposed tasks. This is a guy who rarely enjoys time with friends except for Friday and Saturday nights and took some nudging all because he was so “busy”
What the hell? He’s missing out on trips, excitement and his social life all because of daily tasks made to look feel and taste as though you’re curing cancer (update….he hasn’t found the cure).
NO TIME FOR TIME MANAGEMENT
An understandable yet naive suggestion of some is for “better time management” but what does that mean exactly? A schedule? No. Limiting activities that are brain cell killing and mundane at best? YES
Creating schedules and to do lists is awesome when you’re in school because the teacher will applaud you for it; in real life you’ve just created another set of rules that you’ll break along with jay walking, public intoxication (yes walking down the street drunk is a crime), and not calling your mother enough.
Don’t get us wrong there is plenty a task that we absolutely hate but still (choose to) do. Take for example, laundry….what if instead of saying no to some awesome conversation at a local bar with your friends because you’ve got to separate your whites from colors you have the laundromat wash them while you reward yourself. This example may seem relatively small but you’d be surprised how many would sacrifice a peaceful afternoon for the sake of laundry.
GET TO WORK
If we have bored you to tears we apologize but if we’ve struck a cord it’s because it’s appalling how many entrepreneurs get caught up in this mindset that not sleeping somehow creates more dollars, and that being busy all day everyday is productivity.
Ever heard the term “work smart not hard”? If you think it’s a bunch of bull try to life a boulder…………..now grab a sturdy stick and a rock…and tell us how stupid a lever is.
Go Be A Maven
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