On Wednesday I made a BIG decision (for me) – I decided not to listen, read or watch any news on the dreaded “B” word for 10 days. Then, on the morning after 29th March, I would switch back on and find out whether the UK had passed a deal, delayed or crashed out – all in one moment and without having to suffer the pantomime inbetween.
While many of you may have mentally switched off already, this is hard for me – it’s a sort of “news addict meets Lent” thing. I am on Day 3 and I genuinely haven’t the faintest idea what’s happening (and please don’t tell me).
The point is this though – I feel great!
On Day 1- I rediscovered Spotify, the Desert Island Discs archives and numerous amazing podcasts while working away. And I talked with the family in the evening in an engaged way that we hadn’t managed between us for a little while.
On Day 2 – I noticed what a beautiful day it was. And, being Spring Solstice, I worked outside in daylight for much of it. I chatted with neighbours, watched a box set in the evening and drank some wine.
The lesson for me is to never again underestimate the impact that a big rolling news story like the “B” word can have on the individual and collective mood. Real life is good. Real life goes on.
I love making lists. Especially “To Do” lists.
So does David Mellor, business mentor par excellence, whose book launch I attended this week. He’s brought his three books from the excellent “From Crew to Captain” series – go to davidmellormentoring.com – and turned them into a really useful set of lists for anyone thinking about, starting or growing their own business. Well worth a look.
I make lists to keep my life in some sort of order – for me the big choices are always around how to organise them, how to prioritise and, crucially – what to leave out or let drop off. Do you have any rules or tips you swear by when putting together yours?
[A shout out also for a great charity on testicular cancer this week – DT38 Foundation or @dylantombides on twitter – that David highlighted as part of his book launch. Go have a look and take simple steps to care of your health today – or urge loved ones to do the same.]
How do you balance your time between current clients and new business?
I’m SO proud to still be running my own business after nearly 8 years. People keep telling me that most fold within two. I don’t know if that’s true and I’ve never felt inclined to hesitate and check. Just keep looking forward.
I do though get a real kick out of mentoring startups. The question above – about balance of old and new business – is probably the most common question I am asked. Lean to the former and tomorrow you may have no pipeline. Lean to the latter and and you may have no clients to pay the bills.
I always have suggestions when asked about this, many personal failures to share of when i got it wrong – and a few of when I managed to keep the see-saw in balance.
I’m planning a series of blogs and webinars on this and other subjects this year and I’d love to hear (and of course give credit to you for) any thoughts or tips.
What you do or say to yourself on a daily basis to keep the see-saw of current and new business in balance?