Last Monday, I had a short list of easily accomplishable tasks, and a small amount of time to do them. I was going through my list one item at a time, and then my first appointment of the day cancelled.
I thought – oh cool. I’ll get that calendar scheduling program set up, update all my social media profiles, and start organizing our move to San Luis Obispo.
Why is it when time opens up, we have to cram it with twice as much stuff? Notice I didn’t even consider doing something relaxing like taking a walk or going to a yoga class!
Nope. Here’s what I did:
- I immediately stopped looking at my original list, which totally messed up my priorities.
- I took that unexpected space in my calendar and immediately tried stuffing it full of other items. This is an example of working in direct opposition to my VALUES (specifically FREEDOM).
- I filled the open space, choking out room for new things to come in. It’s basically like saying, “No thanks, universe, don’t give me anything else. My time is CHOCK full. And if it isn’t, I’ll just make myself busy. Don’t bother me with new clients or opportunities.”
When I became aware of what I was doing, I quickly outlined this article, then went back to my priorities.
The lessons here are twofold. First, when space opens up in your schedule, finish your original priorities, and then consider taking the rest of the day off. Enjoy some of the freedom that is supposed to be a part of the entrepreneurial experience.
And second, build some open space into your schedule. If you literally do not have a second to spare in your day, where is the room to grow?