Project 365, Priorities and a Day of Rest

by Kate on September 23, 2012

I’ve been inspired, and challenged into action by the blogging activity of Roger “Rog 42″ Lawrence, who this year embarked on a project to blog daily for a year. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read a few of his posts, and there are some gems, including this one.

So here we go, with my Project 365. My topic is broadly business, finance and communication. My reason for doing this is to improve my writing skills and work out what I think about a range of business topics.

Project 365 – Day 1 – Priorities

It’s Sunday and I realise I’ve a challenge with priority management. Here’s the deal: it’s a heck of a lot easier to write about the theory of prioritising and setting boundaries around work than it is to actually do it. At least it is for me! ¬†However, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no ‘magic answer’ and the key is exploring attention is needed to re-balance, then doing something about it.

So, challenge number 1 with this post is admitting my ability to execute perfectly on things I know are important is, well, not 100%. In this, I think I am like a lot of people (perhaps even you), and my goal is to get better – hence the ‘writing to work out what I think’ thing. Anyway, there you have me!

Back to the mainstream … Those who have known me over a number of years will attest to my tendency to have work take up a big part of my life. It does. There are probably a few reasons:

  • At various times I’ve had ‘big jobs’ in small business that took time just to keep up. This happened when a job was new, or significant things were at foot, it then levels out – or I adjusted the balance – and time allocations get shifted. That is part of small business.
  • I love what I do and the learning and discovery that comes with that. My curiosity about a whole lot of things is alive and well.
  • Hard work is something I value and is important. I like to see things done well, and that leads to a little tension between good enough and gilding the lilly.
  • It’s a habit to turn my mind to some form of work-related activity most days.

So, all this makes for challenges with balance and priorities. None of which would matter much if I didn’t care about having my life run better. But I do.

This year, I have experienced more tension in the zone between work and rest than at any other time in my life. Here’s some ruminations on what’s going on:

  • I’m at the stage in the business cycle, where it simply takes a monumental push to get through to the next level. Sometimes we do just need to do the work.
  • The excitement and thrill from the ideas we are having and things we want to do over at Smart Franchise, and our work on Financial Conversations. ¬†I find my brain is often in overdrive, which can be rewarding *and* takes a bit of management to marshall it!

And on the other side of the ledger:

  • I know that my brain works better when it gets space to decompress and process. There’s plenty of evidence for this, like when something becomes magically clearer after a decent sleep, a walk or a cup of tea!
  • It seems ‘right’ to take a day apart from daily work for a whole lot of reasons, not least of which is that I am a Christian and the idea of Sabbath Rest is important.

Still, knowing this doesn’t mean I have (so far) been able to switch on that regular ‘day off”. However, I’m committed to taking a look at my priorities and how I manage them, and working out my path on this.

Writing this I realise there’s another challenge, which is there will be people who want to provide well meaning advice. Just to be clear, I’m not looking for coaching just at the moment.

I am, however, interested in your experiences and insights on the topic of Priorities and Rest, and how you’ve worked this out, or are working it out. Please share them below.

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