The entrepreneurial wave that's taken over tells you to work from 6 am to 11 pm every day. Not me.
For me, my personal life is enhanced by my professional life - and vice versa.
Goals outside of work fuel my work. I work long hours so I that I'm able to create memories our family can look back on. I don't want to be counting $100 bills when I'm old, I want to be watching these stupid videos I created of my family making wonderful memories. That's my big WHY.
I'm giving you permission to have a "why" that's outside of business.
Tips on handling work so you can carve out time for YOU:
BOUNDARIES. This one's number one for a reason. When you work for yourself, you feel like you are always on call. But that's not true. If a client texts me after hours, I respond and say I'll get back to them tomorrow. They appreciate the response and my family appreciates the attention.
Calendaring. I calendar everything. This gives me sanity, removes chaos, and allows me to know what I should be doing at each and every moment. On that note, start work at the same time every day. I start at 10 am every single day - no matter what. This is massively important.
Say no. If a client calls you at 8 pm at night or 8 am in the morning when you've planned something for yourself or your family, say "I have an important family event I can't miss, I'd be happy to go at a later time (and you can even give them times to choose from here)." Again, as long as you always respond, your client stays happy.
Prioritize your day. What's your time worth? Real estate agents try to do everything, and that's just not possible. Delegate!
Don't use your office as a crutch. Your dining room is the best office in the world. There are no distractions. At the office, there's meetings, chatter, etc. These things can all be great, but they can also be a time suck.
Overcome procrastination. How? Just do it! Just do it right then and there. If you have the ability, do it now. If it's on your list, do it in the order that it's in.
I challenge you to write down a goal. It can be a vacation, an experience, or tickets to a show--meaningful stuff. Write it down. So that when you look back at your life, you think "that was awesome." We have to do things outside our industry.
This world is a beautiful, fat, juicy place full of jewels and I want to consume as much of it as I can.
Thanks for being here. ❤️ Pete.