Do you struggle with putting boundaries around your work – especially if you work from home?
Maybe you have trouble setting working hours and sticking to them… or getting friends and family to respect them.
Do you find yourself checking your email at 11pm and then having to go into work mode because you’ve read an email you feel like you need to answer right now?!
Do you find it hard to get stuff done because people are always interrupting your work time?
Do you get started… then suddenly remember the washing that needs to go on?
There are a lot of things that can get in the way of getting our work done – some of them are in our own minds, and some of them are external… but no matter what, you are the one with the power and responsibility to set boundaries that ensure you get done what you need to get done.
In this episode I outline 10 steps I recommend you follow in order to get your work done in a more calm, productive way!
So many business come about because the creator sees a problem, and can’t find a solution… so they create it themselves.
Soak Society is one such business. It’s founder, Natalie Thorogood, started the business a few years ago when she wanted to use bath salts without any artificial colours or fragrances. She couldn’t find what she was looking for, so she created it.
Over the next few years, Soak Society has blossomed into a boutique bath product company that is stocked all over Australia and overseas, including in a huge range of stores in Tokyo.
Natalie is a brilliant example of a young woman who saw and opportunity and jumped on it. I loved chatting with her – she’s a Sunshine Coast local, so just down the road from me, and she exhibits a wonderful down-to-earth perspective on work and life.
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This week, I am away on my own digital sabbatical.
I’ve booked 5 nights in a hotel at the beach, deleted all social media and email apps from my devices, and will avoid the internet as much as I can (my aim is to use it only for navigation as I go exploring the highlights of the local region I researched before I left).
As a 37-year-old person, I remember what the world was like before the internet. It sometimes blows my mind that my generation is the last who will.
And, as an introvert, I find being constantly connected tiring, draining, and invasive at times. Being someone who runs an online business, I have good ‘digital hygiene’ – that is, I make sure that work doesn’t infect my life by putting boundaries around my work hours – and my ensuring that all of my notifications are always turned off! I also avoid getting online on Sundays.
But sometimes, I need to go one step further and turn it all off for more than a day. That is what a digital sabbatical is.
Running a creative business requires you to be available to your customers and alert to opportunities. Used correctly online resources can take your business to new levels but it can also bury us in a time wasting and stress inducing cycle.
Constantly being online, checking, looking and communicating can be unhealthy so it is important to recognise when it is time to take a break from the online world to give your mind space and rest. The hardest part of this is remembering that what you leave will still be there when you get back!
So, if you struggle at times to keep yourself in check, this episode can help you work out how and why to have a digital sabbatical.
This is a REDUX – a replay of an old episode, with a new intro. If you haven’t listened to it before – or, indeed, if you have but haven’t put this into practice yourself – I hope this episode will inspire you to schedule your own digital sabbatical into your year.