What was your new year’s resolution?
Most people try losing weight, being healthier, or something similar. Me? I’m trying to work less while producing more.
I’ve been fortunate enough to learn something important very early in life: working your butt off isn’t always the best way to product more results.
I know folks who work 18 hour days, 6 days a week, but they still struggle to survive. I also know folks who take two months off out of the year because they’re so damn successful.
Personally, I’ve found my business (and production) has exploded since I adopted my new approach.
Since I gave up working on weekends, I’ve produced more in the 11 business days so far this year than in all of December last year (even though I only took Christmas “off”).
Note: I’m not talking about putting in less effort. I’m talking strictly about the number of hours you put in. For the 40-50 hours I do work, I kick ass and move mountains.
Freeing up my brain on the weekends has allowed me to achieve a much deeper (and therefore productive) focus while I am working. More focus means more results.
Not only that, but because I’m more rested, I’m doing a better job networking. I give out a happier “aura”. I’m also able to have more meaningful, personal conversations with my fellow networkers because…well I have a personal life again.
The point is: sometimes entrepreneurs (and indeed you superstar employees out there) forget to reward ourselves. We forget what we’re working for.
In addition to sucking the fun out of our lives, this kills our motivation to do better. For most good people, money simply isn’t the end goal; they crave the life that money provides.
So whether you want to travel more, spend more time with your family, or just to relax once in a while, you’ll find that it comes easier when you put it first (as opposed to your work).
Don’t be afraid to look after #1.