Tuesday’s Blog rolls back the hours
and takes a look behind the scenes.
So today, I thought it would be interesting to tackle P for Purpose.
Purpose as in, “if it serves no purpose, don’t do it.”
Years ago, I used to spend many, many hours doing things that really served very little purpose. I think the best example I can think of is arranging pillows on the bed.
God only knows how many hours I have spent dolling up the bed, only to throw all the cushions on the floor every night!
And I bet I am NOT alone!
But you know what I mean. It’s one thing making the bed; it’s another spending 15 minutes running from one side to the other, trying to make the pillows sit up symmetrically.
Yep, the woman is mad!
In the beginning, I applied this mad head to the business, too. I suppose I just wanted it all to be right, and since I have that perfectionist streak we talked about a few weeks ago, I would spend hours, nay days, in an attempt to make it all perfect.
But as the business has grown, and I am getting stretched every which way,
time has become a very valuable commodity, and I just cannot afford to waste it on senseless exercises.
In fact, if I am efficient and I use my time efficiently, I can have days off, spend time with my parents, with Dave, with friends.
Conversely, if I faff about and waste time on fruitless activities, the door through which I can skip to be with friends and family closes on me.
So the name of this Barbie Game is to make sure that everything I do serves a purpose.
Recently, somebody questioned this blog, said I was investing way too much time on it, that I was a fool to give so much away about myself.
I laughed when I heard this, because the criticism is not only inaccurate, but reflects a lack of insight.
I only have time to do things which have P for Purpose, right?
Of all the things I do for Claritystamp Ltd, this Blog has more Purpose than anything. It is also probably the most rewarding part of my day - in every sense of the word.
No matter what is happening around me here at work,
I withdraw into Blogland and focus on you.
On chatting to you,
on motivating you to get creative,
on giving you ideas for your own businesses,
and on plugging mine!
Many of us gather here every single day!
So let’s see; I give away too much, do I? If we are talking about my cards and art ideas, I thought that was the point!
If we are talking about the personal aspects of my blog, do you really think I am giving that much away, when I open up about insecurities and fears? About how I started out with a 6ft table and a Rhyme Chart? I don’t think so.
I’m saving the juicy bits for when I get time to write a book!
The TV is once a month.
The New Design Club and the Newsletter are once a month.
The Blog is every day.
Most of you already know what to expect each day, because of a quirky little poem I set out right at the start.
Go on, test yourself. See if you actually know it!
Close your eyes...
Monday’s Blog is Trees and Flowers,
Tuesday’s Blog rolls back the hours.
Wednesday’s Blog is something new,
Thursday’s Blog is always blue.
Friday’s Blog a private peek,
Saturday’s Blog a new technique.
But the Blog that is posted on the Sabbath Day is
step by step
and typically Gray.
In under 4 months, we have established a sizeable community here, which is growing week on week. We laugh, we cry, we contact each other, you write to me. We have fun. So how can that lack purpose?
This was the sky from our bedroom early this morning.
I jumped up, grabbed my IPad and took a snapshot.
Why? The purpose?
I wanted to share it with you.
And here’s the thing: the best is yet to come.
Watch this space; more will be revealed.
I just need to make more time; and I am...