“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.” ― Gary Keller, The One Thing
I won a silver medal in a 70-person Northeast regional fencing tournament this weekend 🥈 The list of contestants included a couple of top 100 athletes in the nation 🤺 My business and professional focus extends well beyond fencing, but I consider this both a personal and professional win. Why? Because this year, I have been working on systematizing and prioritizing across the board, both personally and professionally — and the various components feed into each other.
In 2020 I was struggling with burnout. I worked 60-80+ hours most weeks, and did not fence for almost the entire year. (For context, several years back I ranked top 250 in the world for fencing; it has been 15+ year personal passion of mine that routinely encourages my physical and mental health while also building my personal and business relationships). This autumn season has been not only a highly rewarding time for my professional/business goals, but also a period in which I’ve been fortunate to build my health and strengthen my relationships with friends and family.
Sharpening my business and professional strategies, streamlining my operations, and onboarding vendors and partners has all increased the overall productivity and success of my projects across the board. This in turn has helped me on a personal level. It's a positive feedback loop.
What are the things you need to do for yourself personally and professionally, and how can you make time for these today?