Hey guys. I just wanted to jump in and let you all know that I have intended to write this awesome post all about the PR and desk sides from last week. It was going to be awesome. I was also going to announce (and randomly select) the giveaway winner from the dress contest last week.
But the reality is that though I took two glorious days off from work this weekend, I am still up to my chin in work (had to work until 10p last night which is incredibly rare). And I’m feeling like it’s almost impossible to ever catch up. Which is a good thing, I want things to grow… but there is only so much I can handle on my own (with the incredible Susie by my side). And let’s just say, that I’ve finally hit the breaking point. There is so much to do and so much change coming as I navigate the move, my relationship changing, and the company growing at an unprecedented pace. And oh, there is MML and all the wonderful things I’d like to do and say here but don’t have time to even though it’s my purpose and most important contribution.
So anyways, I guess I’m breaking my code of “learn then share” and saying, “though I know I’ll be fine, right now I’m feeling over my head, overwhelmed, and just plain frustrated.”
You know what? Everyone feels that way sometimes. This just happens to be my time.
And with as much work as I have to do, I think the most productive thing I can do is to take a break from everything for a bit and come back with a cooler head.
Thanks for understanding.
Phew! Okay, took a break and went in the other room (aka: cried for five minutes and let the storm pass). I felt a lot better right away. Came back and finished the day out and decided to make a few changes to keep my life sane:
- I am definitely getting an intern to help us this fall.
- Looking into getting an inexpensive (used?) laptop for Susie and the intern to use to help process orders and email customers.
- Responding in individual comments will become an ideal, but not required part of my day.
- I am going to do my best to post five days a week on MML, but understand when that is not possible.
- Enter sales into Quickbooks at the end of each most days.
With these actions I hope to free up more time to connect with store buyers, magazine editors, my PR team, MML readers, blogging, and designing. These are my essential actions which I need to put more time into for long term growth in the business and in my sanity.