Came across this quote by Seth Godin. I'm a big fan of his way of thinking. He challenges the norm and forces you think think about things differently. Sometimes, it isn't even thinking differently, just thinking the right way, instead of the wrong way. This quote is a case in point. Why do we continue to do things that we aren't happy with. We do we continue to surround ourselves with things that don't make us happy? Why do we often lead a life that we know we can change and be happier?
It's 4am and I am working my way through emails that have sat dormant for over a month. A problem that I have is that information comes from everywhere and I struggle to bring it into a format that I can work through when I want to.
Info comes from so many sources; mobile phones, office phones, staff updates, sticky notes, text messages, team meetings, supplier meetings, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blog, emails, magazine, post (people still use it) and I am sure there is a lot more.
I'm attempting to bring everything into two forms; electronic and human. As I see it, stuff that doesn't need to be addressed now can be addressed later. In this case, it can converge onto my email. If stuff needs human interaction, it can be done in a meeting that should always have a predetermined agenda so that discussion stays on-topic and doesn't diverge.
If you ring me, my voicemail says to send me an email and not a voicemail. It's amazing that only about 10% of people send me an email. Obviously what they were calling for wasn't that important in the first place. I do answer the phone when I can get to it, but don't even think I'll answer it if you call on a blocked number. I haven't got time for that.
If it's important, people will get you. If it isn't, they'll email.
Email and meetings work for me. Now I just need to create a meeting where someone can summarise all my important emails and then I can get info from just one source.
Everyone has things that they just don't love to do. For me, it's paperwork. I can do it, I just don't love it and it probably reflects. It's the same with exercise, food and so many parts of our life.
When you meet someone who loves their job, their enthusiasm is contagious. It often makes you smile. Why do they love it? Because they are doing the things they LOVE TO DO. And think of all those people who hate their job; they look unhappy, it reflects badly on the business but also it makes you feel crappy and less likely to come back. They hate it because they are doing the things they HATE TO DO.
Your challenge is to work out what people love and what people hate and get them doing more love and less hate.
"More love and less hate"
As an entrepreneur, you have to realise that your staff spend a massive chunk of their awake life in your business. You owe it to them to make their life more fulfilling by working towards a "more love and less hate" environment.
This is the basis of the work/life balance. Love your work, love your health, love your food.
The "more love, less hate" mantra can be carried through to your health. Just think of exercise as a great example that is loved by many and hated by more. We "hate" exercise because we just haven't found what we love. I hate running. I can do it, but hate it. Because I hate it, I don't do it. I know it's good for me, but the hate is greater than the benefit. I love cycling, so I do that.
What are your loves? Now do more of them because then you'll love your life even more.
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Having spent much of my life learning from others & my experiences, it's now time for you to learn what worked and what hasn't in my businesses.