How many times have you said that while working on your business? I’m willing to bet all the money in my pocket that you’ve said it a lot. Probably more than you even realize you’re doing.
When you’re at home it’s so easy to say “I’ll just do this one other thing and then we’ll go to the store…” or “and then we’ll go to the park,” maybe even, “and then I’ll go to bed.”
Oh yeah, you’re busted now.
I know how it easy because I do it myself all.the.time. Even after years of working at home and being aware that I can fall into the trap, I still get caught doing “just one more thing” until 2:30 and 3:00 AM.
I actually caught myself doing this very thing last night as my husband was on his way to bed. We’ve both put in a lot of hours working this week and we’re both exhausted, probably a little cranky, and I actually started to say, “I’m going to finish formatting this file and I’ll be right there…” when I stopped and hit save on everything I had open, closed it all up, and hit the shutdown button instead.
Sometimes one more thing isn’t worth it. I’m not saying there aren’t going to be late nights and lots of hard work and hours put in. What I’m saying is you need to know your limit and it’s okay to go to bed before 2:00 AM when you have to get up at 5:30 to get the kids ready for school.
There’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself to meet a goal, after all that’s the stuff dreams are made of, but sometimes you have to hit the off button and get some sleep so you can focus properly.
I went to bed earlier than usual last night and I was so exhausted I actually fell asleep instead of staring at the wall like I normally would that early. But this morning I got up and I was ready to get back to work. I got the boys off to school, pulled up those files I was working on and got them done much quicker than I expected to when I was starting at them last night with toothpicks holding my eyelids up.
So today – right now – I challenge you to step away. Don’t do ” just one more thing,” and instead go spend some time with your family, or take a walk in the park, or go play with the dog outside.
Go do something that doesn’t require a computer monitor in front of your face and recharge your virtual batteries so that you can come back to your desk and knock that to-do list out faster than ever. Rinse and repeat again tomorrow…