A Guide to Stop Working on the Weekends
Flash back to last year: I’ve poured my morning cold brew, FRIENDS plays in the background and I’m perched on the couch with my computer open ready to work.
Except…it’s Saturday and this isn’t a rare occurrence. This is my normal.
I’ve always been a hard worker but when I quit my job to run Honeycomb full time, I never adjusted my schedule. Working early in the morning, late at night and throughout the weekend wasn’t unusual.
I always managed to keep an active social life attending events, chairing committees and networking. Busy was my badge of honor and the word “no” was not part of my vocabulary.
When you don’t audit your time or what you are committing to, life feels like it’s happening TO you. While you are convinced everything is under control, control is just a feeling not reality.
Among my 2020 goals was a simple one: not working weekends. I almost laughed as I wrote it knowing it would be the hardest to keep. It’s now mid-November and I’ve held to this goal for nearly the entire year. So how in the world did I do it?
1: Delete all work apps off my phone on Friday at noon. Yes, literally delete them. That means anything that could suck me back into the work vortex is out of sight. FYI, this is MUCH easier now with iOS 14 and I no longer actually delete them, simply remove them from my home screen. If I can’t see it, I won’t search for it.
2: Communicate with my clients that I won’t be available. This seems pretty straightforward, but you cannot keep boundaries if you don’t communicate them with your circle. That meant re-setting expectations with clients and holding myself accountable to that boundary.
3: Recalibrate your time. When I was no longer working on the weekends that meant I had time for other areas of my life. I have space to say yes to the things that really matter because I no longer blur the boundaries between my life and business.
My weekends are now spent going to the farmer’s market, cooking with my partner, long naps, hikes and enjoying cocktails on the porch. They are relaxed and largely unplanned. I’ve left the guilt behind and taken ownership over my boundaries.
Callie Kerbo is an award winning solopreneur based in Austin, Texas. She is the Founder of Honeycomb, and specialises in branding your business to make you unforgettable. You can find her here. http://honeycombcreates.com/
Honeycomb is a full service boutique brand partner, offering concept-to-launch marketing services for startups and growth-stage businesses. Founded on the belief that beautiful design is only as powerful as the business strategy behind it, Callie works to find what makes your business irreplaceable and then develop a creative branding strategy to help share it with the world. By the time your customers find you, they will have only one thing to say: “Wow.”
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