(A Happy Worker is a Productive Worker)
This past week was overwhelming. I (Andrea) was buried so deeply in work that I couldn’t get out of it with a ladder on a fire truck.
When you work for yourself, you always have a lot of work to do. There is always something that’s due, always something that needs to be completed asap. And most of the time it’s okay. You handle things and all is well with the world. But then there are those times - those weeks - they are horrible. There is no other way to say it.
Now, you can look at it positively. You can think how nice it is that you have lot of work, because work = income. But when you’re so completely overwhelmed you aren’t thinking about income. You’re thinking: I hate this. I hate doing this. Why won’t everyone just leave me alone? This is where I was at. Because I forgot about myself.
I forgot a couple of rules that Frankie and I try very hard to follow. The first rule is this: It’s okay to say no. Sometimes you have to tell people that you can’t do something. Sometimes you have to tell people that their last minute request will be addressed as soon as everything else that came first is completed. When you say no, it doesn’t mean that you’re trying to be rude or lazy. It just means that you don’t want to take on work that you can’t give 100% to at that time.
The second rule to be followed is: Don’t forget about yourself. Don’t forget that you have to walk away from things sometimes to rest and relax and rejuvinate. Don’t forget that you deserve to take a break. You deserve to have some time off. You deserve to have some fun. Because when you’re having fun you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you do a much better job.
I forgot that this week. Frankie didn’t. She went off and had some fun traveling and going to some concerts. She remembered our important rules and I forgot!
Don’t forget to care for yourself. When you’re feeling down, and angry and frustrated, you’re not going to be successful. You’re not going to be your best. Take some time for you!
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.