The weekend was rough. We had electricity problems and were unconnected for more than 24 hours. It was not a loadshedding issue ( loadhshedding was not implemented in my area anyway). It was just a technical problem that was complicated by a techie who told the utility company that everything was fine on their end when they did in fact have a problem and it was affecting us.
So I had to back-and-forth with the utility for a while to get proper help. Meanwhile, our house just felt dark and dank. We have a gas stove, lamps, heaters etc, so we could do the basics. But it's shocking how the lack of power affected our morale.
I also had to throw away perishables we didn't eat immediately. I was not going to risk our health eating food that could be off. I'm contacting our home insurance company today to see if I can claim money for that. We'll see.
Meanwhile, let's talk about juggling. As small business owners, we juggle many roles in any given day. You are the company's CEO, marketing manager, receptionist, social media person, spokesperson, probably even cleaner.
If you haven't outsourced some functions, chances are that you are also the company's administrator and bookkeeper. If you work from home, you are your company's landlord too.
Add the personal/individual roles too and it gets very messy. For example, I'm also a daughter, sister, partner, aunt, activist, homemaker, gardener, cook, care-giver, communications specialist, writer, author and indie publisher
On any given day, one of these roles takes prominence. I plan for as much of it as I can, to make sure that I can meet the requirements of the roles. Sometimes one of the issues is urgent or important, so the others have to take a back seat.
The biggest lesson that I have learnt is to do my best to keep things simple. I put into a routine all the tasks that I do on a regular basis. Sounds boring, I know. But when you follow a routine, you don't have to wonder "what's next?" One task flows into another and you get most of the things done.
I've also started to ask myself when I face a new task- is this important to me? And if it isn't, do I really have time to bother? Like everyone else, I only have 24 hours in a day and have to find ways to use it for maximum impact in my life. This requires me to take out things that don't add to my life or have negative impact or they are just nice to have.
I'm learning new things about my priorities too. For example, I used to prioritise the work/business-related roles first, and then try to fit in whatever life demands in the cracks of time that were left. It worked very for me at the time, so I won't knock it.
But I've come to realise that I'm happier, work harder, more efficiently when the life related roles are taken care of. A quiet, calm life with no drama and routine tasks being taken care creates an enabling environment for me to create with words.