3 Important Lessons I Have Learned About Business and Time
I have never been so aware and so unaware of time as I am right now with a new baby. The time seems to be here and then gone in a flash. If I am not careful, I can let the days pass in a giant blur. That is not how I want to remember this time. I want to remember thriving during this time. Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt like life was just happening to you instead of fully enjoying the days? Me too. I have learned three important lessons on time in the last few weeks: there is always enough time, regrets happen when I am focused on the things that don't matter, and I need to set realistic expectations.
There is always enough time
Contrary to popular belief, there is enough time. There isn't enough time for everything you could possibly think of, but there is enough time. This means that you might say "no" to the things that don't matter right now so that you can say "yes" to the things that do matter right now.
How am I implementing this in my business? I put product development for the Jordan Brittley Shop on hold through June. When you enter a new season, it's wise to think about rebuilding. By putting product development on hold, it forced me to get back to the basics of business: shooting, editing, and all that other business stuff. This has allowed me to develop new habits like going on a walk with Daniel and making memories as a family of three.
Regrets happen when we aren't focused on the things that matter
I have learned so much about myself over the last 5 weeks. One of those things is that I am extremely task-oriented. I have spent several days just trying to get through my list so that I could enjoy life with my two guys. Have you been there? If you have, then I am here to tell you that it's possible to enjoy life while you do what you must.
Let's re-focus on the things that matter so that we can do the things that matter. Or as Lara Casey would say, let's go do the things we have always wanted to do!
Set realistic expectations
What do you actually have to do? Is it possible that you are putting too many expectations on yourself? Or are you caught up in fear and limiting yourself?
It's easy to have unbalanced expectations. This happens so quickly because our lives change so quickly. So even if we figure it out for this season, we are going to need to reevaluate as we approach each new season. Look at the time that you have and what you actually have to do. When you are in pressing seasons where time is extremely limited, always tackle the important and urgent first. It's vital to your success that you don't get sidetracked by all of the ideas you have.
If you find that you are limiting yourself because of fear, let me tell you this: get out there and just do it. Friend, you aren't gaining anything by waiting for perfect circumstances. I know from experience that fear is squashed as you walk forward, shoving the fear aside. Don't let fear hold you back anymore.