Do Work, Not Too Much, Mostly ProfitableNov 19, 2023
By Tricia Scott
As an eternal entrepreneur and vegetarian addicted to food documentaries (Hi 🙋🏻♀️), I'm always watching or listening to something new, and one of my recent ah-ha moments came in the form of a quote by Michael Pollan, which read; Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
No, I'm not about to food bore you, It is safe to continue.
If you caught my recent post, you'll know I'm already firmly on the simplicity bandwagon; there's so much noise online about every subject imaginable, and sometimes it takes a strikingly simple message to cut through the proverbial crap and make an impact.
That quote was one of those moments, and I thought, wouldn't it be great to apply this to our businesses?
You see, I see you doing all of the things. In fact, many of you tell me about it in comments and replies to these posts and emails. Running a business (or two), working part or full-time in a job, parenting, cooking, running a household, caring for parents, friends and family, creating new products and services - talk about the invisible workload!
If there's something I've learned as the founder of The Female CEO- Create Evolve Overcome it's this: Overcomplicating an already overloaded system is a sure-fire recipe for burnout, so how do we manage it?
We do work, not too much, mostly profitable.
Do work - As business owners, we have to do the work.
Not too much - We make space, without apology or judgment, for ourselves, fun, family, friends and mental health.
Mostly profitable - We prioritise paid work. We do the things that bring in the money and then work on the things we want, but that don't directly pay the bills.
I'm sure that when Michael Pollan said the now infamous words, he didn't expect them to be interpreted in such a way, but they make perfect sense in so many areas of life, especially business, don't you think?
Where can you make this easier for yourself? Take some time this week and really consider how applying this principle would look in your own business and life. It might mean putting some plans on the back burner or giving yourself the grace of more realistic deadlines; whatever it is, give it a try. It's been a game-changer in my business and given me back an entire day every week to spend however I choose.
All from a food documentary! Who would have thought it?
What could you do with an extra day every week?
I believe in you (always),
👉🏼 This affirmation was taken from a series I share every Monday with our Hello CEO mailing list. If you want to join in, head to the Homepage and sign up!
Tricia Scott is a passionate startup business mentor and the Founder and Editor of The Female CEO - Create Evolve Overcome, a platform and digital magazine holding the space to showcase female entrepreneurs from all over the world.
The Female CEO is gaining global recognition daily and Tricia is able to bring her own level of expertise as a start-up mentor and multi-company director to her very exclusive table along with her team of brilliant Guest Editors and Contributors. You'll usually find her with her MacBook in one hand and a coffee or a glass of something fizzy in the other Reach out anytime!
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