When my daughter was first born, my mother stayed with us for the first 3 weeks. She was amazing. But my greatest mistake was not utilizing her assistance more than I did. I lived in this mentality of “I have to figure this out for myself.” And while part of that is true, it shouldn’t have been an absolute statement.
Unfortunately for me, I figured it out too late.
Just a few days before my mom had to fly back to California, I realized that by her taking the baby for a few hours at night, my husband and I could rest in bed, watch TV and just be together before her 11 pm feeding. It was amazing how that little bit of help made a huge difference.
I’ve never turned away help since (and will seek it when I need it).
The same idea about parenthood applies to business. We often get trapped in this mindset that we have to figure it out by ourselves – and I don’t disagree to a certain extent. There can be amazing growth, a-ha moments and wonderful clarity that comes from trial and error. HOWEVER...if you attempt to figure everything out on your own, it can take you three times as long to get where you want to be (many of us don't have the luxury a lot of time).
Here are a few tips on how to take the help:
1) Utilize free productivity resources such as Trello, Hootsuite, or youcanbook.me
2) Outsource what’s not critical for you to do (both personally & professionally). Website, social media, house cleaning, etc. – the more time you have to focus on your business or professional development, the faster you will get there.
3) Check and respond to email twice daily & limit social media time. You can put an auto-responder on your email that notifies people the times you will be responding to email and to call you for an urgent matter. Most people waste an average of 56 minutes per day looking at social media. (on a personal note, Facebook is like watching a train wreck...I just can’t look away)
Time and help are gifts.
As the saying goes, “never look a gift horse in the mouth.”
Take the help when you can. And if you've got any productivity tips, send them my way or post on the Facebook page (although don't let that turn into 56 minutes of scrolling through status updates and watching funny cat videos).
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