Since opening my business I have realized that I have little time for a lot of other things that I used to do on a daily, or weekly, basis, such as clean the house, paint my toenails and spend some time on the phone talking with my best friend.
Often when she calls I feel as though I need to quickly end the conversation. Instead of chatting I should be writing an article or working on a web project. As we know, time is money, and as we also know as working parents, we have very little time leftover in order to make our money. So, anytime spent doing something other than working or being with the family takes away from the necessities.
Yet a recent article that I read online made me realize how important it is for us to spend time with our friends, even if we are putting in 12 hour days seven days a week.
Owning a business is a stressful and time consuming, or life consuming, task. We spend many hours each day not just doing the job that we need to do but also marketing, finding clients, finding customers, talking with people and getting our paperwork in order so that we can succeed.
This leaves little time for anything else.
Yet at the end of the day, when we are drained and in need of an ear, our friend is there, waiting.
This week, I will make it a point to put down the computer and pick up the phone when she calls. And I won’t limit our call to just five minutes of her telling me how things are going. When she asks how they are going on my end, instead of saying, “Fine, but I’m really busy, can I call you back?” I will actually tell her how things are going.
After all, if I don’t have someone on my side who believes in my success unconditionally, then how will I ever succeed?