So you thought working in the wellness arena would be good for you. You imagined you’d feel happier and more relaxed, be a shining example to others. If you’re self-employed, you dreamed of having more free time and autonomy.
But you’re finding it horribly easy to forget self-care. Although your work is about health, you’re sinking under stress. And there’s one place this shows up most perniciously...
Most of us spend an inordinate amount of time staring at a screen. We’re a slave to the inbox; it’s our (new) boss.
This realization smacked me in the head with full force back in 2010. I was experiencing tremendous business growth and I had a busy coaching practice. I was midway through writing my first book and was teaching a brand new course when I developed RSI (repetitive strain injury). My body ground to a painful halt. I couldn’t get words down onto the screen. I couldn’t reply to these wonderful clients. I couldn’t even leave my partner a love note.
I cried tears of frustration as my love of communication hit wall after wall. The fear hanging over me was that I’d never be able to write again — at least not freely as I always had.
I realized I had to do less, but in a way that wouldn’t destroy my business. I had to find where that line was, so my key question changed from, "What more can I do?" to, "What less can I do?" In particular, how little time could I spend at the computer?
Three years later, the pain of RSI is a faint memory but the wise email habits remain. What I discovered, and what I offer you, is that less is more when it comes to your inbox.
So, I challenge you.