The Dangers of Boredom
Transitioning from full-time work to owning my own business has been challenging in many ways, but this back to school year has been particularly treacherous for me. I am so used to going non-stop that I don't know what to do with myself when I'm not. I'd love to say that I'm exactly as busy as I want to be, but I'm not. I have steady work for maybe one week a month, which I guess is not enough for me. Now, you are wondering why I don't just go get more business. Well, I do... kinda. I go through cycles where I aggressively pursue new leads, but then I either don't get a response or I start to worry that I'm going to get too much work. That's when I stop looking for work and start feeling bored.
Remember, my goal with Harvest is to have a better work-life balance and to be there with my kids, not to grow a multi-million dollar company (although a more stable book of business would be nice).
So, I'm back to being bored, and that is TROUBLE. I'm so much like my dog turned co-worker - I need to have some sort of job, or I find things to keep me busy. The picture that you see here is my current brand of trouble.
I decided that if I'm just going to be home each day that maybe I should foster dogs. Dogs turned into puppies. Puppies turned into Sidda. And so now I foster puppies, and I have two kids, two other animals, this company that I started, 2 Girl Scout troops, 3 swim practices to drive to, 1 soccer practice, 1 soccer game, 1 Supper Club, 1 chapter of Women in Research (WIRe) that I run, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Hmm... that really sounds crazy now that I list it out. Well, now I feel like a lunatic, but there are a lot of hours in the day. And, I really don't like sitting around with nothing to do. Can you tell?
Oh, and by the way, I'm not the only one with this particular brand of crazy. I know "retired" people who are busier now than when they were working, and "stay at home Moms" who are running around with their hair cut off. So, I'm not really crazy, right? Or maybe I'm just crazy in good company.