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Out of Focus?…Cut Yourself Some Lack of Productivity Slack!

I woke up this morning and realized it was Wednesday and I hadn’t given any thought nor written one word for a blog this week. Normally I keep a list of different things that I read about or experience first hand that strike a chord but I guess this past week nothing really stood out.

In a world with news streaming live 24/7 and social media making sure we don’t miss a single photo of video of anything, can I really say that?…out loud?

No, truth be told I feel like I’ve been a little scattered lately and my focus is way off.

I mean waaaaaaaaaaay off.

I honestly don’t know what the problem. It could be as simple as the fact that my favorite yoga instructor left the studio I’ve been going to for years and that’s thrown me completely out of balance. If you have never done yoga, I promise you this is kind of a big deal.

Costa Rica Summer 2013 Yoga Retreat when I apparently was more in balance

This is me in balance

Or maybe I’ve just had a little too much fun celebrating with family and friends the past month? We’ve had three weeks in a row consisting of 4 different life cycle events, two of which required travel to LA and Tallahassee in the same week.

Rocking it out at a family Bar Mitzvah

Rocking it out at a family Bar Mitzvah

Or could it be that when you have to spend what seems like an inordinate amount of time on the phone taking care of non-business related things (like dealing with a doctor’s office who lost all of the paperwork you filled out months ago after an auto accident requesting information sent from another doctor’s office to be able to accurately submit a report for an insurance claim…seriously?), your focus has to be on those personal matters.

Or could it be I am just not feeling “it”?

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Whatever the reason, the thing I have realized is the more I fight it or stress about it obviously the worse it gets. I honestly don’t remember ever feeling this way for an extended period of time when I worked for anyone else. Maybe it was the fear of losing my job that kept me from getting off task for too long? But shouldn’t that hold true for being an entrepreneur too? I may not technically lose my job but I will certainly lose business or even go out of business if I can’t deliver what I’ve promised to clients.

Ahhhhhhhhh…wait…there it is. I don’t have clients that I am actually working for yet.

Well, that’s not true…I have continued to help with the marketing and community outreach for my husband’s company (insert shameless plug for OJ Mortgage…hey, why not right? After another brutal winter up north, there are lots of people ready to move to Florida and will need an honest and trustworthy mortgage resource…if I do say so myself).

So when I am not out and about in the community on OJ’s behalf or promoting them online, I have spent my time since the beginning of the year researching and working on the structure of my new business to try to do exactly what I’ve been doing for OJ in a much more efficient and streamlined manor for a handful of other small business owners.

The past week or two, though, I’ve just sort of lost track of where I am at and where I’m going.  I know I’ll get back to whence I came or move forward in the direction I need to be but for right now…call me crazy…if there is one thing I hope I’ve learned by the age of 52, it won’t do me any good to beat myself up over a few less than productive days. In fact, there is tons of research supporting the need every once in awhile for taking giant steps back and peeling back the layers of our so called life “onion” as to why any of us go through these unfocused, unproductive times so we can actually leap ahead.

It’s called getting clarity.

And on that note, I think I am going to cut myself some slack and go find a new yoga teacher to start to restore a little balance and bring things back into focus.

That’s it for now…#BlackerOut

This is me not so balanced!

This is me not so balanced!

 

 

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