Ever read those articles? You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones titled something like “47 Things More Successful People Do Before You’ve Hit Your Snooze Button for the Third Time”. Or, you know, something like that.
I had sort of crappy day the other day, and was in a rather pissy mood and was not making things better by reading one after the other of what successful business owners do every damn day. As I read each list, I thought: “Nope. Don’t do that. Also? Not that. Aaaand I’ve never done that.”
I decided to write my own list of things that I sometimes do, yet still manage to be rather successful.
Here it is:
- Forget to take a shower until 2p, if I remember at all
- Eat what’s left on one of my kids’ plates for dinner
- Don’t get all of my work done because I get too caught up in that one Law & Order where Stabler loses his temper
- Stay up WAY too late, setting up goodies in Neko Atsume to lure Lady Meow Meow to visit
- Check email every 3 minutes, because I can’t focus
- Bitch about having to wake up in the morning, and then ask my husband if we can just lay around all day
- Get seriously jealous of my cats when I see them laying around all day
- Feel an enormous sense of satisfaction as I cross off things on my To Do list at the end of the day… And then add them to tomorrow’s To Do list
- Send at least 3 selfies throughout the day, of whatever I’m doing at that moment, to my friend Richard
- Sorry… I got sucked into another episode of Law & Order, I can’t remember number 10… Maybe something about using QuickBooks Online?
My point here is the one I try to remind everyone when they get down on themselves about not being as productive as they think they should be every waking minute.
On occasion, I consider getting nothing done a very successful day.
It’s important to have goals, and to bust your ass to reach them. It’s important to be a successful business owner, because otherwise, what’s the point? But sometimes? It’s also important to not be productive every second of every day, and just eat ice cream* for lunch, standing in the middle of your kitchen.
*Gelato can also be defined here as a very successful standing-in-your-kitchen lunch.