I had a realization today. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing myself say “I’m so busy. I’m barely keeping up. I’m trying to catch up. I have no time” to various people in all kinds of situations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that my business is going so well (THANK YOU!), but the fact is that I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed for some time. And it’s not that I haven’t done anything about it. I’ve streamlined my business, and done my best to try and cut down on work, but it hasn’t been enough. I’ve been parroting the same message over and over again: “I don’t have enough time.”
As is the case when we’re not paying attention to something, the Universe brings BIGGER manifestations in an attempt to get our attention. This morning, I looked back on this past week and realized that I’d been getting some pretty strong messages. I was just too busy to spot the pattern. Until today.
Last weekend, the US had their Daylight Savings Time. Europe (where I live) doesn’t have their DST until three weeks later. Australia (some parts) have their DST in April (although, being in another hemisphere, their clocks go the other way), and many countries, like India, have no DST at all. For a three week period, twice a year, my entire coaching schedule goes haywire. On some days, I speak with clients in five different countries. You can imagine how fun it is to juggle all that when the clocks suddenly (and totally needlessly) go haywire.
This past week, despite my best efforts, some schedule changes simply didn’t go well. Some of these were so ridiculous (everything that could’ve possibly gone wrong, went wrong), it was clear that it was all orchestrated to get my attention.
On top of that, I was suddenly bombarded with people emailing me, asking that I answer their questions. When I replied that I had added their question to the list of blog posts to write, they continued to send mails, almost DEMANDING answers. Some even began to use a second email address to mail me the same question again and again. The bombardment didn’t stop even when I politely pointed out that trying to manipulate or harass me into publishing a post wouldn’t make it come out any faster (quite the opposite in fact). Again, there was a pattern designed to get my attention.
And boy, did it. I felt stressed out, overwhelmed, completely unable to ever catch up. Nothing triggers that feeling better than telling someone that you’ve got too many emails and they email you MORE. Something’s got to give.
Therefore, I’ve made the decision to reduce my blog posting schedule to twice a week (from three times). I’ll keep Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I’ll no longer be publishing a blog post on Sundays. This has always been the most stressful one for me to get out, given that I also publish a coaching call on the same day. I know that many of you really look forward to each blog post, and I really hope you understand why I have to cut down. If my situation changes in the future, I can always add a day back in, but right now, publishing three times a week is beginning to feel like a massive burden. And that’s not ok, in my book.
Of course, I also know that many of you have been complaining that I write too much, and that you can’t keep up with my prolific publishing schedule, so, you know, you’re welcome.
The reason it’s taken me so long to reduce my blogging schedule is because I actually love answering people’s questions. I didn’t want to answer LESS of them. But I also realize that many of you would like to see me publish a book, or come up with a comprehensive program that can help you really solve a problem step by step, and with my current work schedule, that will never happen. The time’s got to come from somewhere.
I SO appreciate this wonderful community, and I really don’t want to let you guys down in any way. I hope that you’ll understand and will continue to support this blog and the awesome people here, even if I write a bit less.
I will continue to publish the coaching call on Sundays, and will post them here. It’s my version of a wee bit of marketing. 🙂
What’s your priority?
I’d like to take this opportunity to get a bit of feedback from you. Since it’s now clear that my time is limited (obvious to everyone but me, apparently), what would you like to see me spend it on the most? What do you find most valuable about the blog (including the stuff for sale), and what kinds of products or services (paid or free) would help you the most, keeping in mind that I’m only one person? I’m really looking forward to hearing your answers and stealing your ideas. 😉
Sending you huge, smooshy, happy, shiny and grateful puppy hugs,