The topic on the agenda for day is disconnection. You would not believe in reading REALTOR web sites how many offer their lives up as 24/7 warriors to provide excellent "customer service" to their clients. How do they fit in sleep? Maybe they sleep walk? To me 24/7 is not service it's craziness. No one can devote all their time to the business side of life. Get real. If you are 24/7 you don't have a life. Some REALTORS wear this as a badge of honor, but to me, it reflects complete lack of balance. I once heard that with boundaries you teach people how to treat you. If you're available "whenever" then I think you may as well tell everyone you work in a slave labor environment. Your clients are your master.
Note to self: You need to learn the "Art of Disconnection." It's really not that hard once you learn the first step. It's called the word "NO!" Yes, there is an exclamation point with that word. As your emails and paperwork pile up you start taking back and editing your life with more No's. No to every athletic sport your kid wants to enroll in. No to taking more business than you can handle. No to all the social events everyone wants you to go to. No to all those educational classes available (do take some though). The second step is to time block your week for their time and your time. If Friday afternoon is your rest and relaxation part of the Monday through Friday grind then put on your calendar "Meeting with Bob" or some other non-relevant item. Only you know Bob is your quiet walk in the park at 3 p.m.
By learning the Art of Disconnection you will find more energy in your life and feel totally comfortable with not answering the phone and email for certain periods of your day. You are not BAD. You are BALANCED! Your family will rediscover you. Do you know how to disconnect? Or are you still in the training wheels stage of this art?