This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Gulf Shores with a bunch of very good business girl friends. (Note: mid-November was the perfect time to take this trip because it was close enough to the end of the year that we were ready to focus on what next year would look like.) We took this trip as an opportunity to bond & dive into our businesses head first. As a whole we wanted to get our minds wrapped around what our 2023 would look like.
The biggest lesson I learned this weekend: Never be the smartest person in the room
(oh and make sure to have a plumber on call…that’s a lot of toilet paper!)
We all agreed that we would come to this retreat with a draft of our ideal 2023 calendars. This is my cleaned up version that I now have in my notebook. It contains all of our planned family vacations, everyone’s birthdays, school vacations, big work happenings for Aaron and myself. This made it very clear in my head what I can and cannot do for next year. The things that were solidified, but I need to keep track of were written in pencil.
Remember, I always do a life first calendar, I plug in family…then work.
One of the first things each of us did was create what our ideal work week would look like. We factored in our family, working out, eating lunch, and times we wanted off.
We then counted all the hours we had in a week to actually work,
mine was 26 hours,
it’s far less than the traditional 40 hour work week. Some of us had as little as 16 hours a week to work. This gave each of us a clear expectation of what we would get done each week. With the assumption that each of my tasks took us an hour, I could really only get 26 things done ????. And I ultimately know that I don’t work on paid projects for all of these 26 hours.
Below is the work week I created for myself, remember it’s “ideal”, some weeks I have to work less, some weeks, more. But it’s a good outline for myself & creating good expectations for how much I can actually get done.
I’m not showing you these calendars because I want you to see how much I have my life together, actually the opposite…shit goes crazy fast if I don’t keep boundaries in my life.
I want to show that despite us being as active as we are, I know I can only do what I can do as one person. I’m continually trying to find the balance in my life and set clear expectations for what I can actually accomplish.
So with that being said, this retreat made it very clear to me that I need to automate & outsource as much as I can to get back my time.
If you create your own 2023 overview calendar or ideal work week, I’d love to see it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and show me yours!