With my busy family (I am married with 5 children ranging from 8-21 years, with more than one child having ADHD…) I don’t have endless time.
In fact you could say that I am “time starved…”
If you are like me, juggling family and professional work commitments, then you know that the time that you spend on your business is very limited.
Even that limited time is even more limited… As a mum, my family comes first, and many times each week I need to prioritize and decide how much of my to spend on last minute family arrangements etc.
I had planned to set aside 2 hours every Sunday to write a weekly blog/newsletter. Why oh why does it not get done? Well this past Sunday I had a last minute appointment with one of my children, which meant that I had less time for this. Other tasks took longer than I thought, thus cutting into my time allocated to this task…
In the end, I had no time left to spend on this task. So it’s Wednesday and it still hasn’t gotten done… And soon it will be Thursday…
My original idea is by now irrelevant, so I am going to ask you the following question: Can you relate to the challenge I have just described? Do you find that your business time just gets “eaten up” and there is so much to do, and so little time to do it in?
If you are nodding along, and feeling overwhelmed, just like me, then I have a piece of ADHD advice for you:
Instead of focusing on what you haven’t done this week, focus on what you have done, and done well.
Some weeks you may spend on other commitments not related to your work, like children, caring for elderly parents, other’s self-made crises, emergency house repairs.
You get the idea.
The key to success in business and personal life is FLEXIBILITY. Success comes in many shapes and forms. Not just on how much of my planned week actually got done.
So, I now have only 30 minutes left to finish this, and a few other related tasks. I am not focused on perfection, just on doing this task to the good enough level…
Please stop focusing on how perfect you can achieve a certain task, whether it is personal or business related.
Focus on doing it to a good enough level. For many of you, this may be a major mind-shift. You may think like you are cheating. But you really are not! You most likely are pressuring yourself to outperform yourself, to perform to 150%.
All you need to do is shift focus and start to perform to around 60% of your potential. Your internal pressure will disappear. When the pressure goes away, your inner creativity gets released, and you will find yourself completing tasks in record time.
Lets all cheer each other on… I know, because this is what all of my clients say…