What Real Resilience Means For Your Business
by Sian Yewdall
February 26, 2019
As a working Mother of three children I often fantasise about how much work I can achieve when they are either sleeping, playing, watching a movie or generally not requiring 100 per cent of my attention.
You can find me racing around to get all the basics done during this ‘down time’ so the house and life admin stuff keeps ticking over.
Think: laundry, checking emails, updating social media, picking up toys off the floor and gulping more coffee down the gullet. You know… the essentials.
More often than not, these are the times when I’m convinced I can also smash out three new emails, update the Woman Rising media kit, pitch new business partnerships, write five blog posts, review and proof the latest issue of the mag and organise my files for my bookkeeper.
That should only take two episodes of Paw Patrol, right?
Yet, when I do sit down to attempt those more important business tasks, my brain is fried from asking my kids to put their clothes in the dirty basket for the 76th time that day, that I can’t find the brain power to be productive.
So I sit in a slump on the chair and resort….yet again… to a hit of #InstaInspo and judge myself for not doing All The Things!
If only I was more resilient and could achieve my goals?
According to research, people are blaming their schedules for being busy and time poor, when in fact the issue comes from the misunderstanding of what it means to be resilient and the knock-on effect of overworking.
For too long we believe resilience is about getting up again for another round in the ring and ‘not quitting’. We imagine resilience is embodied in Super Woman who will fight against all odds to save the world.
We believe that the tougher we are, the more we can get done and the happier more ‘successful’ our life and business will be.
Have you ever heard yourself say, “I got soooo much done today. I didn’t stop!”
Yet both science and all the personal development Gurus are telling us that resilience genuinely comes from the ability to stop and recharge, because the lack of recovery and genuine ‘down time’ is costing your business BIG money!
In her book The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington wrote, “We sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, but ironically our loss of sleep, despite the extra hours we spend at work, adds up to 11 days of lost productivity per year per worker, or about $2,280.”
What could an extra $2k do for your small business right now?
Biology tells us that in order to keep going we must stop, we must sleep, we must recover or we die.
But from an early age we’re taught to ‘keep going until it’s done’ - but that doesn't fly with me anymore.
As someone who is managing the mental, emotional and physical recovery of her family as a result of losing our house in the historic Townsville floods this past month, I’m making every effort I can to ensure that our resilience is built on the solid foundation of rest and going slow.
So when my kids are having their down time, I’m going to enjoy it too. Forget the laundry. Leave the toys on the floor. Keep my laptop closed. Sit. Close my eyes. Meditate. Sleep. Whatever I need in that moment to replenish my energy levels to keep going when it’s needed for the benefit of my self, my family and my business.
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