Trying to juggle your life while running an online business can really be a roller coaster ride. This is the case whether you are just starting or at a point where your online business is profitable. Being productive is important when you have an online business, but that productivity can become toxic productivity when you no longer can balance your personal life and your business.
It’s very easy to let your online business take over your whole life.
And what’s ironic about this is that most of us start an online business so that we can have MORE freedom and more balance.
Whenever someone asks you about your thriving online business, do you outwardly beam with pride, yet internally feel a bit of regret and remorse?
This is common with people who have sacrificed proper work-life balance in favor of success.
To everyone else, you seem to have it all… a growing income, a self-sufficient lifestyle…what more could anyone ask for?
But you know the answer to that.
You could ask for more free time to nurture your own needs.
More free time and a flexible schedule was supposed to be the big perk of having your own online business.
Being your own boss means that you don’t have to ask a boss permission to have free time to tend to your personal life.
You call the shots, so if you balance your work and life in a more manageable way, aka better time management…then you can have it all for real.
You could have time to spend taking your spouse on a vacation, enjoy family dinners or playing golf with a good friend.
But instead, you’re chained to a life of toxic productivity, which, by the way, isn’t always work-related.
For some, that toxic productivity extends to their personal life instead.
They’re the kind of people who have to make sure every square inch of their home is perfectly spotless 24/7, that their kids and themselves are over-scheduled to the point of exhaustion, and more.
It’s easy to get drawn to this type of lifestyle because for a while, it makes you feel good to accomplish things.
You’re not only doing something…you’re doing it well.
You’re doing it better than most!
However, there comes a tipping point when the overachiever’s productivity turns into something toxic and unmanageable unless you’re willing to sacrifice other areas of your life.
In fact, you will probably end up sacrificing it all, your personal life, your online business and end up getting nowhere with both due to burnout.
Little by little, you allow it to steal you away from other things you love until one day you wake up and realize you’re trapped.
What you once took pride in doing, you now dread.
But because it’s labeled as something productive and useful, you find it difficult to ease up on and give up.
If it were something everyone viewed as toxic, you wouldn’t have any trouble abandoning it.
In order to remedy the situation without making a drastic change that everyone notices, do it in baby steps.
Incremental changes where you reclaim your time and energy and devote them to something else that needs your attention are better than one big change all at once.
Living a life filled with regrets that are based on the pretense of productivity is a sham that no one really wants to endure.
It’s not worth burning your candle at both ends and overwhelming yourself.
Obsessing about being productive in your personal life or your online business will get you nowhere and will often backfire.
It’s okay to evaluate your needs and do some course corrections whenever you see fit.
That’s the sign of a healthy individual, not someone who is pretending to have it all together.
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As a free spirit, I always had the deep desire to break free from the cubicle-zombie-robot world and have full control over my time, income and life, without having to have permission from a boss.
I was tired of being just another “number” that was expendable, no matter how dependable I was or how hard I worked (just to help build someone else’s wealth and make their dreams come true).
I wanted to create MY freedom…not build it for someone else.
Unexpectedly in 2008, severe neck issues forced me out of the 9 to 5 corporate world rat race (before I was actually ready financially, which really sucked a lot and was pretty scary).
It’s better to have a 2nd income already rolling and coming in regularly before losing your main source of income, but I had no control over what happened.
After spending years trying to figure out how to make money online (all on my own) and only being able to make a few dollars here and there…I started using some great resources that made it all easier.
I now use these resources to increase my income daily.
I enjoy earning recurring monthly income using the affiliate marketing business model because I can work from anywhere and on my own schedule, while being able to take care of my health.
I share this with you so you will know it is possible to make money online and have total freedom from the 9-5 grind.