Which do you think is best – having less of something but the quality must be good, or having as much as you can get and not worrying about the quality?
I guess it depends on what it is.
Take chocolate as an example. There are times when I’m so desperate for the taste that I’ll eat cooking chocolate if necessary - sorry, I know that’s quite disgusting but it’s simply quantity over quality. However, what I actually prefer is a good bit of dark chocolate (75%) and then I actually only need a piece or two because the quality is so good you don’t need the quantity. My mum bought me some gorgeous dark chocolate truffles for my birthday and you really can’t eat more than a couple – I must find out where she got them from.
Anyway, I digress. The point I really want to make today is about work-life balance and the quality of the time you put into your business versus the quantity.
Have you had a good 4 day break over Easter or have you been working some or all of it?
I had things planned for Friday and Sunday so had originally thought I’d work on Saturday and possibly some of Monday, but then I realised that I actually have a life outside of my business and I had other things I wanted to do, so I have enjoyed 4 days doing a variety of different things that have nothing to do with my business. And this morning I’ve come back to my desk ready to focus on the things I need to get done for work.
After years of working too many days and not taking enough holidays, I now make sure that I take at least one day off every weekend and very often I take two off. If I do work on one of them I tend to find that the quality of what I’m doing isn’t very good as I’m fiddling about in between doing the washing, etc. This just means that I spend all day supposedly working but actually not getting much done.
It’s easy to feel that if we work a lot of hours, we must be getting a lot done and be doing better than someone working much fewer hours, but the reality is, we all need balance in our lives and by taking a break from our business to do other things, we come back to it with a refreshed mind and the quality of what we do then outweighs just putting time in to look/feel good.
Have you heard the saying “a busy fool”? Being busy just doing “stuff” isn’t what counts, it’s the “stuff” you’re doing that matters and if you can do that in 5 days a week, don’t work 7 just because you feel you have to because you’re running your own business.
And if you can’t do it in 5 days you maybe should ask yourself about the quality of what you’re doing. Are you doing the right things? Are the important things getting done? Could you outsource some of the less important things so you can focus more on the things that count?
I hope you’ve had a good Easter break and that you’re looking forward to many more breaks during the year.