I’ve been told by many entrepreneurs that they disconnect with their physical environment, especially when there seems to be so many more important things that they should be doing. They often feel guilty they should be working when they stop to focus on themselves. Or, they simply can’t pull themselves away from their work because they are consumed or obsessed with it. Sounding familiar? I hear ya loud and clear because I’ve been there before. More than once, too.
The disconnect happening is more common than you may realize. With so much energy being directed to getting and keeping a business afloat, then growing that baby, a person can seemingly go into a vacuum of sorts, or have tunnel vision and see nothing else around them. So, when does this disconnect start to happen?
For some, it’s happened all their lives. For others, it’s happened when they’ve been stressed (especially over finances or life changing events) or when they feel that surge of excitement mixed with fear because they KNOW they are heading in the right direction (I love this sweet spot the most) or when they are breaking through to higher success and can’t lose momentum for fear of plummeting back down to where they were.
Then one day, they say “enough is enough” because they literally feel paralyzed, confused, stressed, A.D.D. and even question if they really have what it takes to keep up with their business AND live the dream life…each person has a different dream, but it usually involves being financially secure, naturally happy, ability to stay healthy with diet, exercise, peace of mind, and also, enjoying their favorite people and activities whenever they want.
Entrepreneurs are selfish, control freaks, who know what they want out of life and don’t quit moving to make it happen. That’s why I LOVE ‘em so much! Yes, I like selfish people. The kind, selfish people. If you aren’t looking out for yourself, then who else will…ya know?
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs who are pretty darn successful in their businesses, but their personal space was shameful. Their offices, too. No, it wasn’t always apparent upon entering, but trust me, if you looked behind doors or inside drawers and cabinets or along the floor in some rooms, then “stuff” that needed to be gone through and organized was there. This is proof that you can have it together enough to push through and make a living, but what’s it all worth if you aren’t enjoying your home and workspace?
In reality, not creating and working from an inspiring, organized environment can hold you back in monumental ways. like causing you to doubt yourself and sneakily undermining your confidence. And a less than ideal environment can even cause you to want to quit or give up your dreams, because it’s all too much to handle. And the saddest part is when it begins to affect their relationships (or the desire to have a healthy romantic relationship with a partner to share their life with.)
Does it have to be that way? No freakin’ way.
I want to share with you just ONE Organizational Habit of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs. Here’s what they are doing (myself included) & how you can do it, too:
Set Boundaries Around Your Time, Space and Energy: Your time, space and energy all have limitations. When you cross your boundaries on either of these three, then you can severely limit your ability to connect, limit the amount of money you are capable of producing with your work, as well as, limit the amount of people you are able to serve.
The highly successful business people I know have strict business boundaries in place for their time, their space, plus how much energy they can expend and still keep moving forward at a steady, consistent pace.
They have even stricter personal boundaries in place, so they enjoy plenty of down-time, which keeps them fired up, instead of feeling burned out. I’m very strict about having my own downtime boundaries for this reason, especially in the mornings. I teach you about this in my e-book “The You First Method. Creating A Brand New Way to Get Things Done.”
So, while you may be able to pull off running a business in a less than organized environment, I want you to experience what’s on the other side of an inspiring, highly functional, streamlined, and organized environment. Your potential for pulling off even greater success isn’t just a pipe dream. It can be your reality sooner, rather than later.
What’s one area in your home or workspace that you’ve been meaning to get better organized because it’s affecting your energy and productivity levels? Is there a specific challenge you are having that’s keeping you from getting it done? Email me at melody@melodygranger (dot) com and I’ll try to address your challenge in a future article. You are welcome to send a picture, too.