In case you missed the first parts of this series, head over here to read them:
Is It Right For You?
Choosing Your Career Path
Roadblocks are Ok
A Typical Day
A Home Office
Eventually at some point you are going to have to answer the question...."How do you do it all?" The truth is, you don't.
I've had my moments over the last couple years were I thought I could do it all. Take care of my family, put meals on the table, keep the house clean, and work full time from home running m own business. I look back at those moments now and laugh at myself for thinking such a thing.
Apparently during those times I forgot that there is only a certain number of hours in a day and a certain amount of insanity your brain can take before it wants to explode.
Here's a couple tips to help you not get to that point.
1. Learn to say no. This is the hardest one for me personally. If you don't think you can handle it right now, don't take on that extra client, don't do that extra vendor show. Stick with what you can handle and what you are comfortable with. Even if someone is really wanting you to work for them or to work with you it may not be worth the extra strain at this time and you will wind up in a better place if you say no, both you and the potential client.
2. Divide and conquer. There may come a time when in order to get ahead you are going to need some help. To understand this you are going to have to be willing to let yourself have help. What I've found is that you should first go over your tasks and see if you are wasting time on something that can be cut (then you may actually not need help at the moment) or if you really need to get all those things done, you may be to the point where hiring someone to help would be the best choice. Also when hiring someone...find the task or tasks that you like doing the least, and hire someone for those.
3. Don't feel like you failed if you can't "do it all". Trust me, there is no such thing as doing it all and even if you get to that point you are eventually going to feel crazed. Feel successful in the things you can accomplish. This goes along with not feeling ashamed that you had to hire someone to help. You shouldn't feel ashamed, you should feel proud that you worked so hard!
Have you ever gotten to the point of wondering if you should do it all? What did you do?
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