"Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle." -- Bill Phillips
How can I cram more minutes into my day without totally losing my quality of life? This was my opening question when I recently met with my business coach. Michael had two responses - delegate everything that doesn't require you to do it and second, get a pressure cooker. Good advice for someone who has been working 12-14 hours a day with few days off. I'm not complaining, but with recently having accepted a full-time teaching position at a local university at the same time as my business is growing has me running all day long. I need a better way of managing the details or I may go completely out of my mind.
Michael loves to cook as much as I do, so he sent me a link to the model of pressure cooker he has successfully been using for several years, plus the names of a bookkeeper and a general contractor. I'm excited about the pressure cooker I just ordered (see above). Good meals are not only more nutritous than fast food, they give me a moment to relax and unwind. Lately I've been coming home from a full day of teaching to then cook dinner. By that time, I am so exhausted I just want to cook whatever I can make in 15 minutes or under so I can then attend to my business. As a result, my menu has become just a tad boring. A pressure cooker opens up a whole new set of possibilites!
Nex,t I called Mr. Brady,the general contractor he recommended. My call was returned within 20 minutes! I have been trying to job out the remodel for several weeks and until today, I couldn't get anyone to call me back. I understand busy, but not returning the call of a potential customer seems like a crazy business practice to me. Fingers crossed that he works out. The broken, sliding floor tiles are more than a tad dangerous and the cracked counter probably harbors every known nasty bacteria.
Finally, I called the bookkeeper. We had a good conversation. He's coming to my studio next Thursday to get a better sense of what I require. I hate doing paperwork. Quickbooks' inventory module drives me nuts. I can't figure it out. I am thrilled to finally jump this hurdle. Just think, I will be able to generate necessary reports with the press of a finger this time next month! Such are my thrills at 45, but I really am excited. Too feel in control with a few more minutes at the end of the day to take a walk, chat with friends or take my daugther out makes me very happy indeed.