focus points: for work and money

To follow up on my intention to create more positive focus points in my life, I have found two ways so far I’m making my work and money thoughts… lovelier.

My first step is to make a more defined line between work and life. Last year I was shocked to realize I was working 119 hours a week. Immediately after that revelation I instituted a new life intention for myself: no email on nights or weekends. From that point on I was really good about putting a ban on my inbox off hours.

Until the holiday season.

Because Jess LC is such a gift driven company, I decided to relax on my email ban to make sure I dealt with as much as possible before leaving for the holidays.

But I haven’t been back in the email restricted saddle as much as I’d like in 2012. Which has left me thinking dwelling on work most hours of the day. So I’m getting back on the horse and asking you to come with me.

If you would like to join the Email Intervention for January – please comment on this post and share it with friends or co-workers. I explain the pledge in more detail in this post. Those that comment here will get four little emails from me throughout the pledge period which is January 23rd – February 3rd. But of course, I’ll be beginning my ban on email on evenings and weekends starting today at 5pm (feel free to join me today!).

I am unspeakably affluent –
rich with ideas, with resources, with love.

There’s so little I need to consume —
and infinite ways to contribute.

These mantras stopped me in my blog-reading tracks this afternoon on Alexandra Franzen’s recent post (discovered via Michelle yesterday). They are great ways for me to refocus when the costs for incorporating Jess LC, paying my last two quarters of 2011 tax estimates, and ordering new materials weighs me down.

So here’s to a relaxing, email free, positively focused weekend!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Jess, I asked and you answered! Thank you! I am definitely going to take your email intervention challenge this month as part of my larger “no work on weekends” challenge, which I posted about on my blog earlier this week. I’m working on starting my own business, and I think this is going to be a great way to keep myself from burning out as I go after something I really want.

  2. I need this. i am going crazy and stressed out with my constant email, facebook, twitter, pinterest addiction. It is bad for my brain and back.It is crazy.

    Sign me up please. Thanks. I am already nervous that I might screw it up…but hey, I am starting so that is all that matters right now. 🙂

  3. Heather

    I am in! My husband will thank you later! Habitually checking my e-mails has created a lot of undue anxiety in my world so I’m grateful to have the push I need to cut it out! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Blair

    This is exactly what I need! I’m thinking about turning off my email on my phone Friday at 5. I’ve been enjoying your business tips and hope to soon attend Business in the City – I’m moving to Chicago in February!

  5. Jillian

    OK. I’ll take this challenge – in a modified way. I presently check my e-mail and respond to the easiest or most important ones all the time. I’ll limit it to 8 hours a day (not necessarily 9-5, given the nature of my job) and to just 1 concentrated, productive hour each weekend day. Let’s see how it goes 🙂

  6. Simone

    As I’m starting my own business I seem to be bursting with energy and capable of doing several things at the same time, for long periods of time.

    I need to chill out and relax, which will hopefully improve my sleep patterns (bursting with energy and trying to sleep at the same time somehow don’t go together very well)…

  7. Stephanie

    This is wonderful! I do this and also avoid all social network/updating during the weekend. I get so much flack from my coworkers, but I love it. I don’t need to spend an entire three days on my phone…

    High five sister!

  8. Aileen

    I want in! …the Facebook is excessive… Thank you!!

  9. Lexi

    I would love to join in on the e-mail intervention again. I participated last time and only got about halfway through…this time I’d determined to accomplish this and get through the whole challenge!

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