Today’s plan was to write an inspiring post titled Changing Your Mindset. Well, from the moment I opened my eyes I had a paint brush in my hand trying to finish up some projects. Since it’s one of the most important posts I’ll be writing this month, I really want to take my time and get it right.
Instead today, let’s talk about simplifying by
pairing down your workload
The weather is turning cold and windy here in New England and it’s time to start clearing my garage of the furniture to be painted and organizing the cellar where I keep my finished pieces.
While this may seem like chaos to some people, it is actually a major step in my simplifying my life. You see I work about six part-time jobs in order to have flexibility with the kids’ schedules. I do some bookkeeping, do some marketing for an instructor, paint furniture, sew sidelight curtains, market & blog for Entri WP, and up until mid-August worked at an accounting firm processing payroll.
Believe it or not painting furniture more often was a step to pairing down my workload. I was doing so many different types of jobs, but now i’m working to move in the direction of doing many different things under one umbrella – that umbrella being my own company, Entri WP.
Imagine you’re on a train traveling cross country that’s picking up passengers all along the way. One here, one there. It happens so gradually that you barely notice your passenger cars filling up. Then one day you, you realize you’ve taken on too many passengers. The crowded cars suddenly feel overwhelming. Caring for so many individual passengers is just too much to maintain on a daily basis.
You realize that it’s time to deliver the majority of those passengers to their destinations and bring the numbers back to a manageable number. You realize it’s time to pair down your workload.
Every few years I stand back and take a look at the workload I have on my plate. It seems to sneak up on me and I don’t even realize it until one day I’m running ragged, always tired, and have to stop and examine where I’m at.
As moms and dads you may have one career, but I’m willing to bet you’ve have many side jobs… chauffeur, coach, religious education teacher, landscaper, house cleaner, school volunteer, etc., etc., etc….
In a true effort to simplify your life, stand back and take a look at all of your “jobs”. Then determine which ones you want to continue doing and which ones are getting in the way of you following your passion.
When my kids were younger and I didn’t work, I got heavily involved in volunteering at the school PTO, as a religious ed teacher, and at a community fundraising organization. One day I realized that the amount of time I was committing to these volunteer positions was equivalent to a part-time job, they were keeping me from getting back into the workforce, and keeping me from doing what I really wanted to do… start my own business. With that awakening, I gave them all up.
It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy helping, I really did; but it was time for me to pass the torch so I could re-direct my focus.
How many jobs do you have? Are there some you may be able to give up in order to simplify your life?
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