Have you ever been juggling so many things that you are missing what’s right in front of you? Do you wish you could accomplish more every day? Working from home and being an entrepreneur requires a crazy amount of multi-tasking.
Recently I attended a small business speaker series lunch and learn hosted at the local start-up incubator. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the topic before I got there, I was just happy that my schedule finally worked out and I could attend.
The room was packed, I grabbed a seat and looked at the handout. The title of the presentation was “Farming the Future for Small Businesses Growth.” I thought to myself using the word “farming” as a synonym for growth was pretty creative.
What I didn’t realize was that the presentation was actually about modern farming. Her small business is based on aquaponic farming.
Now, for most people missing that might have just been a quick laugh. But agriculture is meaningful to me. It’s is the livelihood of close friends and I’ve been trying to grow a vegetable garden for years.
It was just one more sign, on a growing list, that I was doing too many things at one time. That I wasn’t giving anything my full attention.
Have you ever had one of those moments that causes you to face reality? We all take on too much sometimes. It is so hard to say no when there are great opportunities available and you want to find a way to do it all right?
“Farming the Future for Small Businesses Growth”
I let myself off the hook and started to focus on the speaker and I’m glad I did. Her presentation was interesting and her story was inspiring.
This young mother, in her mid- 20’s, knew so deeply what she wanted for her family that she let nothing stand in her way. When she got bad legal advice and didn’t pay herself for over a year she didn’t let that stop her. She took the lessons of why her colleagues were failing, flipped them on their heads and found solutions to succeed. Then she figured out how to monetize that knowledge by teaching others.
She builds greenhouses at all hours of the night and doesn’t give up when the going gets tough.
I was totally immersed in her story. And I felt motivated by her passion and grit.
After that lunch, I knew I needed to regroup, to focus on the important things and to start really accomplishing more each day. I even made an impulse purchase and bought a paper planner, the Living Well Planner. I haven’t used a paper planner for years but sometimes we all need to try something new. And who hasn’t done a little online shopping therapy?
It probably isn’t fair to call it an impulse purchase. I’d been researching and thinking about this planner for a couple weeks. I even took the time to watch a webinar about.
I learned that it’s more than just a planner. It’s a goal setting workbook, a budget planner, a meal planning workbook and a time blocking calendar all in one. I don’t plan to give up my shared Google Calendars but for day to day planning of my unscheduled work hours I’m going to give the Living Well Planner a try.
I’ve committed to myself to spend three weeks using it before evaluating if it’s a good system for me. I’m ready to accomplish more every day with this combination of planning tools. Learn more about the Living Well Planner here and try it out with me!
Even after my online shopping therapy, I couldn’t let go of the title of her presentation and my interpretation of it. She told us exactly what her presentation was going to be about, but I didn’t hear her. It was a big flashing yellow caution sign telling me to slow down. I needed to stop, restart and get back to the basics so I could accomplish more.
When the caution sign is flashing its yellow lights at you accept its warning. Stop, restart and get back to your basics.
I have a routine of what I do when too many important things slip through the cracks. You can download my Time Management Restart Checklist and Action Plan free and stop dropping those balls you’ve got in the air. Start accomplishing more each day.
As summer ends and fall begins I am challenging myself to slow down. To listen with more focus. And to hear what others are really telling me.
I don’t want to miss out on what’s right in front of me. I want to accomplish more.
How about you? What are you focused on as the seasons are changing and the days are getting shorter?
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