Well, guys…it’s been a while since I’ve checked in here. Really, it’s been too long…and I’d like to say that’s because I’ve been traveling around the world, or writing a book, but the truth is life just happened.
I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of weeks about how I work (and don’t work), and that’s what I’ve got to share today.
Lesson 1: I’m Not A Nomad
Some folks seem to be able to hop on a plane with little more than a laptop and work from just about anywhere. Turns out, I am not one of those people. Back at the end of June I packed up my little Austin bungalow and drove up north to spend the summer by Lake Michigan. And once I got here I immediately lost all of my momentum. I’m a girl who does her best work on a schedule, in a stable habitat, with a routine - and it’s taken me about a month to finally start settling in up here. The bad news? I’m moving again in about a week. The good news? This move is permanent and I know what I need to do to hit the ground running this time.
Lesson 2: You Gotta Balance the In/Out
Here’s what I mean: a few months ago I realized I was spending 80% of my time working IN my business and only about 20% of my time working ON my business. So, like a good Gemini, I promptly flipped that equation began spending 80% of my time on my business. And I got a little burned out (hey, this is #realtalk). Over the last month or so it’s been nice to lose myself in client projects again - but it’s also meant that I didn’t make time for planning all of my August content. Honestly, that’s a little embarrassing since it’s what I do everyday for my clients - but it’s the truth.
Lesson 3: Self-Help Saturation
I’m a self-help junkie. I can own that. But even I am feeling a little overwhelmed lately. When you download all the workbooks, get all the emails, and tune in to all of the seminars you don’t really leave much time to actually implement all of that new knowledge. My overwhelm left me feeling foggy when it came time to share content with y’all, so I took a step back.
Lesson 4: I just don’t like Periscope.
Actually, let me clarify. I really like the idea of Periscope, but I hate being verbally assaulted by strangers every time I hop on to share my business expertise. I don’t know why there aren’t more people talking about this. It seems like everywhere you go you see bloggers extolling the virtues of Periscope these days, but I have a really hard time believing that I am the only one getting creeped on. Maybe some folks just have a thicker skin. I told myself for a month that I could just ignore it, just power through. But like Maya Angelou said, words are things. And I don’t have to voluntarily subject myself to those ugly words - so I’m not going to anymore. I plan to continue sharing video content in the MOJO Video Library, but Periscope is done for me.
There have been other little lessons along the way, but these are the biggies. It’s hard to own up, and admit that I have not been walking my talk, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I’m the only one whose ever been there.
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