50 Days in the Life of a Mid Life Business Mentee - Day 33

Today is about consistency...

Specifically, how to remain consistent when you’re under pressure.

This has been on my mind a lot over the past few days as I realise I haven’t been able to post here as much as I’d like. The plan was to post something each day but that hasn’t happened. There are a few reasons.

1.      Travel

2.      House hunting

3.      Training

4.      A daily challenge

So in other words there has been a lot going on and I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed and unfocused. So much so that I wrote my last 2 posts (day 23 and day 27) and left them sitting in the draft section till today

Duh!

I’m one of those people that doesn’t commit to something she can’t complete which means I wouldn’t have committed to blogging each day if I didn’t think I could do it. After all I’ve done it before???

But rather than go on about what I haven’t done I’m going to focus on what I’m learning:

1.      Plan in advance. 

When I was doing the 50 day challenge I knew what I was doing at least a week in advance and could plan my day around those activities. There were some days where I woke up with no clue what I would do but because I had the structure I was able to relax and see what came up.  This reflection (50 days in the life of a Mid Life Business Mentee) is different in that I wanted the daily experiences to dictate what I wrote, so I didn't plan.

2.      Don’t take on too much. 

Like I said I was house hunting AND doing a Video Challenge AND developing my training programme AND trying to figure out how to do a lead magnet AND planned two trips (Italy and South Africa) AND did a 3 day intensive training course. I realise that I was a bit overwhelmed and needed to question which could wait.

3.      Recognise when you have made a decision and be okay with it.

I understand that by not blogging every day I made a decision on what I could ease off on and it was this blog and I’m okay with that – I think.

Finally, I have to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing. Why I’m building a business and not working for an employer:

  • So I’m not put under unnecessary pressure.
  • So I can manage my days in a way that suits my lifestyle.
  • So I can enjoy what I’m doing.

Stressing over whether or not I’ve posted each day is definitely NOT why I’m doing this and not a way I want to work.

Too often we place unnecessary pressure on ourselves, especially women. It’s not productive, it doesn’t give peace of mind and in the end the quality of what is produced is compromised.

Is that the kind of business woman I want to be?

I don’t think so.