I get it…being a business owner means you wear SO many hats.

You’re ultimately responsible for staff and their tasks, and for client care, and for business development, and for your own tasks…and…and…AND!

Even when you are great at time management and delegation, you might still feel challenged by how much you have to get done.

If you find yourself procrastinating or feeling stressed by your workload, ask yourself this question: “How much downtime do I allow myself during the day?”

Let me explain how this relates to this conversation.

In a recent podcast interview, I asked Kim Skala (owner of Skala Insurance Agency, leading a team of eight) what she felt was an important challenge in her work. Kim felt her struggle was a lack of focus caused by world events and by needing to complete tasks she does not want to do. She found herself procrastinating much too often, but then felt guilty that the procrastinated task was not being done. (You can listen to the podcast episode here.)

As we dug deeper, we found that what she was experiencing as a lack of focus was instead a “brain fog,” that “out of it” feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of mental clarity. This can be caused by overworking, lack of sleep, stress, and spending too much time on the computer. And willpower has absolutely nothing to do with it – you can’t force yourself out of a state of overwhelm and mental fatigue.

Instead, use that feeling like a “service light” telling you that you need to recharge, take more breaks, and practice some self-care. You need a fully-charged battery to function effectively!

It may be counter-intuitive to say that more downtime means more productive time, but I promise you, it’s true! When your energy reserves are filled, you can get more done in less time so you have time for the things that really fulfill you.

Can you relate to Kim’s brain-fog struggles?

Want some help recharging your batteries? Let’s have a conversation and get you back on the path to productivity!