My first piece of Monday advice: Stop Stressing about getting things done.
We all lead very busy lives. I am one of four partners in InPerspire. I work part-time four days a week at another job. I try to keep our house up, try to have healthy and fresh food in the house, and try to exercise daily. I am sure many of your schedules are even busier than mine.
Numerous times a day I find myself saying either “I need to do that” or “I need to get that done”. Every day I have many things to keep me busy: laundry, cleaning the house, painting the mailbox, cutting the grass…the list goes on. I used to stress about not getting everything done, but after reading an article in Inc. Magazine (“Driven to Distraction: Are your business problems making you insane? Take a deep breath and repeat after me: It just doesn’t matter”) by Jason Fried, I think I finally get it. If I get everything done today great, but if not life goes on.
Beginning today, right now, I am going to start focusing on TODAY. I will still make plans and goals for the future, but my main focus is on TODAY. If the grass needs to be cut or the mailbox needs painting, but Darla and I want to go for a bike ride, or just sit in the sun and enjoy each other’s company, that is what we are going to do. The rest will get done another today.
Today, I stop worrying about what InPerspire is going to do in five years and concentrate on taking care of business and our customers today.
Today, I stop concentrating on the neighbors spending all weekend in the yard (and feeling guilty if I was not able to), and start concentrating on who had the better weekend.
Today, I am going to stop stressing about making it to the grocery store, so I can make a “fancy” dinner…we can always have omelets.
Today, we go on vacation whenever we want. If it rains when we are gone, which means the the yard will look good when we return, great. If it doesn’t rain, then not so good, but for me I only need to answer one question: Would we have had more fun staying home watering the grass or riding bikes along a beach somewhere?
When my family and other people think about me I would rather have them say that I am a lot of fun to be around, and that I know how to have a good time, not that my grass was always green and my car was always clean.
So, my advice for the day, embrace your lazy side, live your life, and go for the gusto.