So my wife and I got back from our vacation in the south of England (Cornwall) yesterday.
We go on a lot of vacations, but this one was possibly the most relaxing in a while due to one lesson I've learned over the years.
And now I'd like to share it with you...
When you start building an online business, it's easy to surround yourself in things that you feel could be useful and get addicted to checking your progress.
You sign up to a billion email lists. You check your traffic, leads and sales stats every hour religiously. You check emails every hour just in case you need to reply to something "quickly".
All this only leads to a giant dose of overwhelm (to say the least) and the inability to relax when you're having time for yourself or with your family.
That's what my previous vacations were like a few years ago.
"Relaxing" by the pool with my cell phone buzzing with notifications about my emails and stats.
... But it's impossible to relax that way!
This actually led to me becoming very anxious back then - always worrying about unlikely "what if" scenarios.
So the lesson I've learned is to separate your personal time from your work time.
Yes, that means...
Turn OFF your email notifications on your cell phone.
Only check your emails twice per day (they'll still be there later) - only when you're sitting down in "work" mode. If people demand your time, politely say "no" and you'll talk about it when you get back to work.
Immerse yourself in what's currently happening in your life, without your mind wondering off about work stuff.
(So when you're at the zoo with your family, be PRESENT at the zoo and forget everything else until it's time to be present in that moment instead!)
The clearer your divide between your work life and your personal life, the more you'll be able to relax, the less anxious you'll feel and the more productive you'll be when you ARE working.
Anyway - that's just some helpful advice I wanted to share to let you know I'm back and ready to rock 🙂
Have a great day!
- James Francis.