First, I’d like to mention how much fun I had last week in New York speaking at the Women’s Jewelry Association conference, Women in the Know. The keynote speakers were fantastic and left me extremely inspired. Throughout the day I re-imagined Jess LC for 2011 — which now leaves me with a mega long to-do list.

The breakout session I led was awesome as well! I found as with past speaking engagements for American Express OPEN, that I truly love speaking to groups. So feel free to reach out if you have any speaking opportunities I might be a good fit for!

You Asked For It: Turning off your business mind

Last week Judit, an awesome MML reader, left me a comment “ordering a post.” You can see her question for me above about how I turn off my business mind when I’m not working.

Here is my honest answer:

I usually don’t have ANY trouble turning off my business mind after work.

I know, that may sound counter-intuitive, surprising, or even in some way wrong – but the truth is, I don’t like to think about anything related to the business at night or on the weekends. Of course there are times when I sketch ideas in the dark and so I am wound up with inspiration that I can’t fall asleep (e.g. last Thursday night after the WJA conference), but 98% of the time I am perfectly happy to turn off my Jess LC brain after hours.

For me, running the business 40+ hours a week is plenty of time to think about jewelry. However, there are subtle connections to work at all times – like reading emails on my phone (though I only respond during business hours) and getting design inspiration from shelter blogs.

When it comes to MML and intentional ideas, the lines of work and non-work are more blurred. Conversations with friends can often spark an idea for a post. However, I usually write down the idea and write the actual post during business hours.

To be honest, sometimes when I see the herculean work ethic of many online business owners, I am filled with awe and respect. I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t have that same dogged determination and enjoyment from of 50+ hours of business. It’s just not possible for me. I think my effectiveness and enthusiasm would deteriorate as I attempted to push myself past my natural cadence.

And it all really comes down to the fact that I charge myself with the responsibility to design my life (with intention) so that I enjoy it. For me, that means not thinking about business on Saturday and Sunday.

So Judit, to answer your question, I think you need to think about whether you enjoy thinking about your business at the theater and when reading. If you do, then embrace the fact that you have such a love and devotion for your craft. But if you resent the fact that you can’t stop thinking about business and it starts to frustrate you, then I think it’s for the benefit of you and your business to find a new hobby or way to unplug.

You are here to run your business, not let your business run you.

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  • http://urbanitejewelry.etsy.com krista {urbanite jewelry}

    Oh man–this is something I really struggle with. Some wonderful words of wisdom here, Jess, and some serious food for thought. :)

  • http://lifelove-happiness.blogspot.com/ Kristen (whiteandgoldgal)

    This is some great insight… I look forward to applying it when I’m employed again. :-)

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  • http://vadjutka.hu/eng vadjutka

    Thanks so much Jess for dealing with my request so soon. Yes, I have to learn to rule my business/creative energies, and not let my business run me :-).

  • Amelia

    This was so great to read! I sometimes feel guilty because I have no problem turning my attention away from work. I feel like I must not be serious about it if it doesn’t consume me and maybe I don’t have the drive to succeed. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.