Happy Thursday! After such great response from the Merci Print giveaway, I’ve decided to add 10 of these to the shop through the end of September. To celebrate, all prints are $10 through the September 22nd with the coupon code MERCI!
So it’s been a crazy few months which is why I haven’t written a Let’s Talk Business article in a while. As I’m nearing the end of my second trimester (
YIKES), I’m really putting in long hours with clients and getting planning going for 2015. However, with all of these commitments and projects, I have to put into perspective what I can and cannot do. I’m really learning my limits of being a full-time self-employed lady and how this effects my health. I’m going to share some things that I’ve learned about the importance of knowing limits in your business and some ways that might help you!
I’m often in denial about what I can and cannot do. In my mind, I’m superwoman and I think I can do everything. Often times, it’s that drive and ambition that makes us entrepreneurs in the first place. However, halfway through this summer, I realized that my “rest days” were becoming filled with things and I was on seven days a week. If you want to often over-commit and find your hustle mentality is burning you out, let your schedule be your guide.
My husband has access to my calendars so he can see what is going on. While I love the idea of keeping a physical planner and I often do, I have to keep everything digitally available so he can have an idea while planning meetings. Since we’ve been putting everything digitally on the calendar, I often check my phone to see what’s coming up. If I look at my week, and there are hardly any free spaces, I know I’m overdoing it. The schedule just doesn’t lie. Here are some things to help you get organized with your calendar!
I’ve kept the baby and pregnancy talk to a minimum here but being pregnant has really made me evaluate my limits. Before I worked full-time at home, I’d spend anywhere from 10-15 hours in the gym a week. Developing an active lifestyle and practicing clean pescetarian eating for a few years, allowed me to become in sync with my body. Now my limits are a little different but I still get away with a lot of long hours and I often push my limits. One thing that lets me know when I’ve overdone it is my health.
Right now, I’ve been battling a draining cold which has me working shorter hours during the day. If I’d listened to my body three weeks ago when I started to feel a bit stuffy, I probably wouldn’t be coughing all over the place today. Sometimes, you have to stop and take a break. I haven’t taken a vacation this year and I can tell. Here are some ways to work breaks into your schedule.
We’re often told that quitting is a no-go. When you quit, you may be giving up an opportunity. Quitting is always seen as a negative which is why we often avoid it like the plague. When you’re running a business, you wear a lot of different hats which is time consuming. Often you’re presented with opportunities that seem like they will only come around once. It’s important to know when to stop, say no, or decline an offer for your sanity. There’s nothing worse than being overwhelmed by work.
Just today, I had to quit with an opportunity I was sure I had time for. Unfortunately, what was presented to me was definitely a little bit different than what was actually needed. I didn’t have the time that I thought I originally had. While I’ve been debating letting this project go, I should have quit when it first became overbearing. Don’t be afraid to say no or to walk away from something when you can’t do it.
How do you know your limits? What helps you keep yourself grounded?
I love when I come across a portfolio that I’m totally inspired by. Erin Wallace is a designer who resides in Seattle and has a very whimsical, handcrafted style of illustration. Erin also prints her own letterpress cards and stationery and sells them in her Etsy shop. I can only dream of having a press of my own someday! I’m sure you’ll find Erin’s work as lovely as I do and I’m so glad to share it all here on the blog.