Saturday, August 15, 2015

Just when you get there, there disappears

Running a business is a frustrating infinite regression. 

It’s as if the neverending pile of things do constantly regenerates itself. We could work thirty straight hours without a break, and it would still feel like we barely made a dent. Sigh

And so, the first challenge is making peace with the pile. Accepting that we’re not going to check everything off by day’s end. Because the reality is, the pile never gets to zero. That’s the nature of work. Just when you get there, there disappears. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. The unconscious mind is giving orders at the speed of light. 

The second challenge is making pace with the pile. Actually taking breaks throughout the day to breathe and rest and stretch and walk around the office and have lunch. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. When I get on a roll writing a book or composing music or fleshing out the details of an exciting new project, sometimes I get so busy I forget to pee. And that’s not healthy for the business or the bladder. 

The point is, every business owner has ambition. That’s why we got into the game in the first place. But we should never let our ambition carry us away to an abyss of chaos. Because if we don’t learn to control our drive, it will cloud our judgment of what we’re capable of. And we’ll end up biting off more than we can chew and burning out way too quickly. 

Always look for ways to moderate the level of human speed. 


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