Get Away or Get Back to Work

relaxingIt had been a very productive day following a string of very productive days. We were relaxing on our back patio.

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George KruegerWell, at least I was!

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Mary-Lynn Foster Yeah, I kept thinking about all the work I still had to do. I wanted to take some down time but my mind was still racing. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I needed to do. And since we work mostly from home, it wouldn’t take long to be back at work!

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Synergize, don’t balance

If you’re one of our regulars, you know that we don’t think work – life balance works. It may for some people, but it doesn’t for us.

We believe in creating synergy between your personal and professional lives. It’s part of the BIGG idea behind BIGG success.

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George KruegerSo I was enjoying this down time. We were having a great conversation – some of it personal, some of it business.

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Mary-Lynn Foster We’d already had a couple of ideas that we probably never would have come up with if we were trying. They flowed naturally out of the conversation. I knew that … but I still felt restless. I just couldn’t get my mind off my to-do list.

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Entrepreneurs know this feeling all too well. The work never ends. It just keeps coming. There’s never a shortage of things to get done. So sometimes it’s hard to shut off the brain.

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Mary-Lynn Foster That’s the situation I found myself in. I felt guilty about not working because I knew I had so much to do. I couldn’t relax because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But I wanted to enjoy some time off. Heck, I needed some time away!

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George KruegerMary-Lynn is a first time entrepreneur. I’ve been at this for a while. So as part of our journey, I’m seeing the world of entrepreneuring all over again. It’s been a real treat.

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Mary-Lynn Foster I feel lucky because I have an experienced entrepreneur as a partner and my companion in life. You knew just what to say on this particular night, George. You helped me get past my downtime dilemma.

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George KruegerI told you that you had to decide – either get away or go back to work.

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Mary-Lynn Foster Yeah, you said that I couldn’t sit there in this dichotomy. I had to choose. But no matter what I chose, I had to take control of my own brain and not let it keep hounding me.

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George KruegerThat’s not an easy thing to do. I know from first-hand experience. But it’s the only way to feel good about the result. Otherwise, you feel frustration no matter what you do!

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Mary-Lynn FosterIt really helped me get over it … I started to relax.

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George KruegerThe funny thing is, within minutes of Mary-Lynn doing that, we came up with what we think is a great idea for BIGG Success. By letting go, we got the best of both worlds. That’s synergy! That’s BIGG success!

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What helps you shut down?

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2 replies
  1. 'Q' aka-Nathaniel
    'Q' aka-Nathaniel says:

    Great advice George! Glad that Mary-Lynn was able to relax and get stuff done and turn the brain off.

    I always struggle with the idea of work/life balance and have never really liked the term. I prefer to think of it more like a teeter-totter. Sometimes work is up and sometime life (play or relaxation) is up. Plus it is more fun that way. When I was a kid I use to have a ton of fun on the playground with the teeter-totter so why not try and have the same fun as an adult!

    By the way: the way I find down time is watching movies and TV! I love me some mindless boob tube viewing from time time to time!

    Thanks for the great show!

    Ciao,
    ‘Q’

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