I am working from the library today with my daughter. She is leaving for college in 3 weeks and spending time with her is all I want to do. I’ve structured my work around my life to be more available for her.
I’m still working, but not a certain number of hours a day or days a week. As it turns out, giving myself that freedom to create less has only sparked new ideas.
While working less this summer I …
- attended the World Domination Summit
- hosted the first Spark & Tinder session in Portland. Email if you want to know more about Spark & Tinder: Boston
- wrote a new microcourse: How to Create a Microbusiness that Matters
- contributed two articles to Medium.com: Always Challenge Your Never and Disconnect to Fully Connect to What Matters Most (if you enjoy these articles, please click the green recommend button at the bottom of either post. That helps me share my work with more people)
- wrote multiple guest posts
- wrote for my sites regularly
- started a new book that I’ll be publishing in September
I don’t share that to brag about how much I got done. In fact, I could have done more and know many people who did much more. This wasn’t part of a grand plan either. I had no idea that most of these things would happen 3 months ago.
Letting go of major advanced planning, cutting out the excess, and becoming more flexible with my schedule has resulted in thriving creativity.
Even if you think you work better under pressure, try a little flexibility. Be gentle with your time and energy and see if helps. If you notice a difference, I’d love to hear about it.
I have 21 days left to spend time with my daughter before she starts her brand new life and whenever she is available, I will be too.