There was a time when I would proudly declare that I couldn’t go out for lunch. WOULD NOT go out for lunch. I always ate at my desk. Because I was BUSY BUSY BUSY!
Who has the luxury of eating out in the middle of the work day? That’s just crazy.
So I didn’t get to see the light of day – I was w o r k i n g! When friends or colleagues would invite me to the occasional birthday or milestone get-together, I had to decline of course. WAAAAAY too much to do. Right?
Wrong, actually. Very, very wrong.
The Thanksgiving holiday that just passed prompted me, like it probably did you, to reflect on everything I am grateful for. My list is about a mile long. Family, friends, my career, my health, traveling adventures…the list could go on.
But, this Thanksgiving, something else hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized how much I enjoy sharing a meal with people. People I love. People who have very different opinions than I do. People I do business with. People I just met, but find hilarious, or intriguing. Anyone, really. It makes my heart happy on so many levels.
It took me so long to realize that I actually needed to give myself permission to do this. I know, that sounds ridiculous. But it’s true.
I am very proud of my state-of-the-art home studio. I’ve created a space where I can work hard, using the best equipment, which allows me to take charge of my business. I have enjoyed the flexibility of a wonderful career – even my production assistant, Charlie the Shih Tzu, agrees- it’s a pretty amazing work environment and we are lucky.
However, this dream of a home studio led me to become very isolated. I used to go days without seeing another soul other than my husband (love you, dear!). And that’s not good for a person’s psyche or, in turn, for a person’s business. People give me LIFE. And the more life I have, the happier I am…yes, it profoundly affects my productivity and the quality of my work.
So, for all of you out there working from home, working very, very hard….chill! Give yourself permission to eat away from your desk and away from your home. Write time in your schedule to break bread with friends or business buddies a few times a week. I promise, it won’t interfere catastrophically with your deadlines or your bottom line. Instead, and quite possibly, it will infuse you with the vibrancy you need to see your productivity soar.