DESIGNING MY NEW LIFESTYLE
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No doubt, I really did come out 'unscathed and unhurt' from an extremely busy (read: hectic) period in the 3 months leading up to the recent Chinese New Year holidays - which explains why I haven't been writing that much on this blog recently. And with the week-long holidays ended in early February, I had thought the pace of work in the office will be a relaxed one and that things will only really pick up steam sometime in the middle of the year like in the past. I can't be more wrong. Things are going to get exciting again, and it's much sooner than I expected.
I'm sure I'm not the odd one out - being busy is not uncommon for a business owner, who has a million and one things to settle on any given day. This is especially so when you are talking about a boutique design studio. Just today - it's a Sunday I know - I received 6 emails from 2 suppliers, 2 clients and 2 prospects. All require my immediate attention. And I haven't even told you the number of business calls I received today.
To make things worse, information technology has made my life so much more fulfilling, or should I say FILLED. The obsessive (and uncontrollable) checking of my emails, this blog's traffic statistics and our company's Facebook page only serve to eat away my time bit by bit. The time saved from all these activities could have been better put on ideas generation and designing, as well as administrative and site coordination works.
So is being busy necessarily a good thing? It depends on how you look at it. To know that the studio is getting consistent business is reassuring. However, I guess I'm looking forward to getting myself out of this busy bee syndrome. Not that I'm no longer motivated to work hard, but I think being efficient with the limited time I have on hand beats being stressed by work 24/7. To sum it up, I want to seek a better balance between my personal life and work.
Call this a belated New Year's resolution. I'm seeking greater efficiency in my work from this year onwards. I seriously need to cut back on those unproductive activities and focus on doing those things I'm best at. Terms like delegation and outsourcing are beginning to ring really loud and clear to me these days. And I certainly hope to only take on projects which help to advance my studio's goals - and which I know I will have fun in doing!
Yes, I hope I can stop telling people I am busy soon. And then find the time to watch those DVDs or books which I bought a year ago and never get to watch or read, ha! Wish me luck!