Feeling Overworked? It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Priorities

Feeling Overworked? It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Priorities

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know two of the things I’m passionate about are: Core Values and Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Shannon and I have always valued experiences over material possessions, which is why we embarked on a 13-month road trip back in 2011 with all of our kids. And now, as empty nesters, we’re making it a priority to continue seeking meaningful experiences together.

As business owners, it’s easy to get trapped in the mindset of constantly striving to grow our businesses, often at the expense of our personal lives. I’ve witnessed individuals sacrificing their family time, relationships, and even health in pursuit of building a more successful business. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, this relentless pursuit often lacks true meaning and fulfillment.

I’ll admit, I fell into this trap myself last year. In 2023, I found myself on around 95 business trips, averaging nearly two trips per week. Looking back, I realize I was making excuses, convincing myself that being in high demand justified the relentless schedule. “Strike while the iron’s hot”, Right? Wrong! It left little room for self-care or quality time with my loved ones.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a topic I frequently discuss, and while I wholeheartedly encourage you to prioritize it, I also emphasize the importance of maintaining emotional and mental well-being. No amount of emotional intelligence can compensate for neglecting one’s emotional health.

I’ve encountered numerous business owners who echo my past excuses, working themselves to the point of burnout. Some fear what may happen in their absence, while others dread returning to a mountain of work after a vacation, leading them to bring work with them on holiday.

I once spoke to a doctor whose family felt neglected because she couldn’t disconnect from work even while on vacation. This resonated with me deeply, highlighting the importance of being fully present in our most important relationships.

Today, I invite you to join me in prioritizing not only EQ but also emotional health. When I take time for experiences like this trip to Peru, I’m investing in myself and nurturing vital relationships, ultimately enhancing my effectiveness in all aspects of life, including business. I know that when I return, I will be better at my job and more focused. And while I’m away I also get inspired about new and better things in my business and how I can improve those things.

Remember, while we may be replaceable in our professional roles, we are irreplaceable in our homes. As the saying goes, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Prioritizing self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential for our well-being and our ability to support others effectively.

So, I ask you, how are you taking care of yourself as a business leader?

Let’s ensure that we’re not just growing our businesses, but also nurturing our most important asset: ourselves.

Dino Watt