It’s two o’clock in the morning. If you’re lucky your two year old will wake you at 7am. If you’re unlucky it will be 5am.
This is the fourth time this week you’ve worked beyond 1. Some people can handle that but you know you can’t. 8 or 9 hours is more your style.
The thing is, if you keep this up indefinitely something will inevitably break. And what are you working towards if not a time when your work-life balance helps you thrive as opposed to kills you?
Many coaches and mentors seem to advertise things like ‘Get 100 more leads in 24 hours with this simple technique’. They will claim they know how to make it easy. There are certainly ways to make this business building journey less hard but I can’t honestly say, even with 20:20 hindsight that I could have completely avoided periods of extreme overwork and stress.
However I can say that it helped me greatly to treat them as temporary. So you could say, ‘I’m going to work extra hours until conditions X and Y are met. At that point I will rest and recover.’
The time you know you’ve got it wrong is the time you’re working hard to recreate a situation when you’ll have to work hard again, i.e. working to please a client who expects you to work for nothing.
The time you know you’ve got it right… …well that only happens when you realise you can afford to look after yourself. But as long as you don’t repeat mistakes it means you’re learning.
And if you keep learning you will keep getting better results. I still over-work and stress about work but it’s been eight months since I last worked beyond midnight and I’ve worked very few evenings in that time.
The goal is still to be consistently putting my health first and yet at the same time, I’m fine with taking a few steps back in order to get there.