During my first six years of leading executive peer groups of CEOs and business owners, or key executives, several themes have consistently arisen. One of those is:
I’m working too much, jeopardizing my family, my health, my health and — ironically (because too much work can be counter-productive), even my business.
How does this happen?
When I do it, it sounds like me, saying to myself: “I’m just going to do one more thing.”
Often, I’m sitting in front of my computer — at my desk, or in a coffee shop — or with my smartphone in hand, and I finish the task at hand. I glance at the clock and I know that I’ve done enough, and I have a place to go, a man to see about a horse, and I suddenly develop a case of Butt Glue. I don’t move. I think, “I’m just going to do one more thing.”
Or I open a new box, fresh from Pandora (the first woman on earth according to Greek mythology, not the music service):
Here are the things that might wait for another day:
Oh, and this would happen today and now:
But first, one more thing.
Nope. Not one more thing.
As I’m typing this, without my telling him this topic, Matt Slaybaugh, my friend, creative mentor, and human writing prompt, says, “I edited the apps on my iPhone to make it a Distraction Free iPhone.” What a coincidence! He didn’t know my topic today. I’m going to do the same now.
Here’s what sparked me to cut my social media consumption to nearly zero.
Acacia Duncan, a coaching co-mentor, friend, and creative role model, said, “I noticed I was constantly checking whether people had commented on my Facebook posts.”
Ouch. I was doing that compulsively. I abruptly ending that grind — and recovered so much of my life.