Biz in the City Update: Tonight’s Business in the City is the last one that I will be leading personally. Going forward, the meet-up will continue at Next Door once a month under the leadership of Helena Swyter (Sweeter CPA) and Chris Broadhead (Suit Social Media). I am so proud of this little meet-up group and I am so thankful for all of the fun and animated conversations we’ve had over the years. The group is in good hands with Helena and Chris.
In the future, you can check Next Door’s programming page for upcoming meet-up dates.
Okay, now it’s time to share this week’s What I’m Learning Wednesday topic: when to do something that is important, but not urgent.
This new lesson is actually the outcome of my earlier post this week that discussed my struggle to make progress on an important project over the last six months. As I detailed in the post, I came up with all sorts of valid (and not-so-valid)
rationalizations excuses for not making progress.
Thankfully, reading The War of Art and Turning Pro helped me do a lot of honest self-reflection about the Resistance I felt towards the project.
But even after I examined my Resistance, I still needed to figure out when to work on this project within an already hectic schedule.
The first thing I did was eliminate my one-on-one business consulting services so that I can direct more of my energy in this new direction. While I will still be doing one-on-one sessions via The Intention Sessions, the hotel lobby design project, podcast, and blog, I am doing my best to eliminate projects that do not directly relate to where I am headed long-term.
As you can imagine, this was a difficult decision to execute, but one that was necessary in order to follow my gut.
Even after making those bold changes, however, I still found myself with another challenge: when to actually do the work on this project day-to-day?
For me, I now know the best time to do an important (but not urgent) project like this is first thing in the morning.
By simply devoting my first hour of work to this project every day this week, I have already found myself more productive in the afternoons, too.
Why? I don’t quite know.
But I can say that getting that work done early is not only making me more effective elsewhere in my business, but it also make me feel successful that day – no matter what else happens.
To make this shift in my schedule wasn’t very hard. It simply took a focused effort to avoid checking my email or writing on the blog until after I worked on the project.
Based on the results of this new approach so far, I now realize that I enjoy working on my project in the morning and working in my business in the afternoon.
This shift has already been such a dramatic improvement in my effectiveness that I’m surprised I never realized this sooner.
I already understood the power of having a morning victory, but I never thought to apply it to my work-life as well until now.
Though this idea may not be ideal for everyone, particularly those with a full-time job or children, this concept could be adapted within a variety of schedules.
Anything that is easy to do and also easy not to do, is easiest to do first.
May something wonderful happen to you today,
My name is Monique Brown. I’m an Intimacy Coach and founder of the Feminine Allure Academy™, an online charm school where I teach women the intimacy skills to create awesome and peaceful relationships.
Monique Brown, Motor City Moxie