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I’m Still Wearing Sheep Slippers

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Week 2 Recap:  I woke up at 8 every day!  A small triumph.  I've been completing my daily and weekly tasks from the Start Up Calendar, including identifying 3 new prospects each day.  I've been doing this though LinkedIn,, and Google searches, much like how Colleen found a great list of acting schools in her latest Veteran's post.

Here's the problem:

I'm sitting here at my desk, in my pajamas and giant sheep slippers, with bed hair that accents the smudged mascara under my eyes.  Beside me sits a cold cup of coffee.  Even more appalling?  It's 7pm. Yes, 7-PM.  I didn't eat lunch today.  I did not go to the gym.  I did not shower.  And I still have work to do.  I wish I could blame this state on having the flu- but I'm perfectly healthy.  The only sickness I'm suffering from is lack-of-balance.

Why do I admit this embarrassing truth?  Because I'm here to be honest and talk about this process of self-employment in hopes that I might learn something—and help someone else who is dealing with the same challenges.  I can't be the only one still in my sheep slippers at 7pm, can I?

Here was my plan for today:

I planned to get up at 8, do some work, go to the gym at 1 so I can watch Ellen while running on the treadmill, shower, come home, have a quick lunch, and get back to work.  This has been my plan all week.  But each day at 5pm, 6pm, 8pm I find myself in the same messy situation.  On Friday, I realized that I'd only stepped outside and breathed fresh-air 3 times. And one of those times was to put out the recycling, which (although excellent for the environment) hardly counts as getting out of the house!

Yes, I've had an extremely productive week of working- but I've neglected everything else.

I'm a Libra.  I love balance, I NEED balance, but I sometimes have a hard time achieving it.  My all-or-nothing nature is going to need a serious kick in the sheep slippers.

I have a feeling the answer is simple.  It could be as simple as just DOING it, no matter what.  The same way I have to get out of bed by 8am, even if I'm tired.

To those of you who have achieved balance in self-employment… how do you fit it all in? When do you make time to exercise? Shower? Eat?  Do you operate on a rigorous schedule each day—or is every day different?

Report in!  How are you doing with your marketing plan?  Remember, you don't have to be perfect to post- you just have to be trying.  I'm hardly perfect in my sheep slippers, but I am certainly trying. I'm darn proud of that, and you should be too!


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