I feel so guilty that I’m not spending more time with my family.
I feel so guilty for taking a vacation.
I feel so guilty for not getting that project done…
Many women in business and particularly women business owners and mompreneurs struggle with feeling guilty that they’re not doing enough, being enough, and putting enough time into each part of their life.
I can definitely relate. Before I discovered the keys to work/life brilliance™ (revealed through schedulemakeover.com), I would feel guilty for not working any time I had a spare moment. But after I decided to set my hours and the number of hours I worked per week, I strengthened my ability to focus during work hours and then gave myself the freedom to not work the rest of the time–Guilt Free!
I know some of you might think, “What?! I don’t want to be someone who just wants to clock in and out.”
Don’t worry. I’m not suggesting that you become apathetic. But I know from my own experience and those of others that if you are motivated and passionate about your work and don’t set hours, you will end up neglecting your life and often won’t focus on what’s most important when you are working. (See this WomenEntrepreneur.com blogger’s post on how the Schedule Makeover™ process helped her succeed both personally and professionally.)
To start thinking about what your ideal hours might look like, ask yourself these questions:
* What number of hours would I need to work in order to have time for the other activities I enjoy and for self care?
* When do I have the most energy?
*Am I most productive in the morning or at night?
* Are there particular days when I’m able to work more or less? (i.e. you may be more motivated on Mondays or have a class on Thursdays)
* Do I perform better working straight through lunch or do I function better when I take a break?
For Lauren Berger of WomenEntrepeneur.com and InternQueen fame, her ideal hours were: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
I completed a Schedule Makeover™ on Lauren that worked within her preferred hours and gave her time for exercise, sleep, friends, and building her business–all without guilt!
Now that’s what I call work/life brilliance™!
If you want to end your feelings of overwhelm and guilt and step into the future with confidence and enthusiasm, contact Elizabeth today. Why suffer from burn-out, overwhelm, and guilt, when you could be free today!!!?
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a time coach who empowers women business owners to achieve work/life brilliance.TM Inc magazine, NBC, and The Chicago Tribune are just a few of the places where Elizabeth has appeared, and she’s happy to be interviewed for your publication or broadcast.