You know the saying: When all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In this blog post, I invite you to look at the areas in your life and business in which you're using the same approaches again and again, even though another approach may be exactly what's needed to create dramatic and lasting change. Are you stagnating in:
your daily routines? (Then you're in luck! We're sharing two free docs that will totally transform your mornings and evenings to make your work more productive and your life more joyful.)
your overall growth? (Our list of 54 books for tea pros and our guide to self-care for tea pros will change all that!)
your marketing? (Good, 'cause we're about to give you a peek at the most interesting new marketing tool out there.)
your sphere of influence? (Then we have just the community for you.)
Read on to build upon your personal toolkit the 6 tools you need to make major changes starting TODAY!
The tool you need to take the evening off
According to a recent Gallup poll, about 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. In my work with tea pros, the numbers are far worse—around 80 percent (double America's national average).
Perhaps it's the Eastern influence. After all, death due to overwork has a name in Japanese (karoshi), Chinese (guolaosi) and in Korean (gwarosa).
Or perhaps, for those of us in the US, it's the American-dream-turned-nightmare of working 'til you drop.
Either way, it's clear:
Working late into the night is a tired cliche for tea entrepreneurs.
Turns out that getting enough sleep makes an enormous difference in how we live, make decisions, work and even make love. (No wonder Arianna Huffington calls getting enough sleep "the new sleeping your way to the top" in her book "The Sleep Revolution"!)
And Cal Newport writes in one of my top-recommended books for tea pros ("Deep Work") that taking the evening off results inadequate sleep, better quality sleep and (this part is key) a scientifically proven reset for the brain, resulting in higher productivity, clearer thinking and better decision making. In fact, the benefits of taking evenings off more than make up for the time you take off!
So unless it's a genuinely urgent issue that couldn't possibly be handled in the morning, it makes far more sense to take the evening off than it does to keep working into the night. It's not lazy—it's smart!
Ask yourself: Are you consistently taking evenings off and getting enough sleep?
If the answer's no, ask yourself: When was the last time you got a TRULY urgent email that you were ABSOLUTELY required to answer after 6 pm? What would have happened if you hadn't answered it? And if you hadn't answered that email, would you have received a call about it so you could handle the issue?
Unless you are a tea pro AND a heavy hitter in high finance, an internationally renowned medical consultant or similar, then let's be honest... not taking evenings off the majority of the time is far more about perceived self-importance than it is about actual urgency or logical prioritization.
This week, I challenge you to take at least one evening off. When you do, observe how you spend your time, how you feel and how well you perform in your business the following day.
Ready? TOOL #1 (the tool you need to make it happen) is located in our closed Facebook group, Tea Pros. Here's how to access it:
If you aren't already a member of the group, join it here.
Click on the "Files" link on the left-hand side of the page.
It's right there ("Evening Routine") for you to read and use. Enjoy!
If you're new to the Tea Pros group, know that it:
is TOOL #2 (a thriving community of supportive, knowledgeable tea pros)
is closed (meaning that your comments and posts don't show up in your feed or where your Facebook friends can see them)
offers frequent prompts for you to share about your business, ask for help and grow as the leader of your business
is filled with 180 tea pros who are there to talk about the tea biz
See you in the comments there. In the meantime... TAKE THE EVENING OFF!
And what about the morning???
We've got you covered. Over Facebook, we're sharing TOOL #3, a morning routine that will automatically make your days higher energy.
When you access it, you'll also get access to 2 more free docs (TOOL #4 and TOOL #5):
- how to care for yourself in the ways you deserve
- a list of our top 54 books for tea pros
Plus, you'll get a look at TOOL #6, the HOTTEST new marketing tool out there, Facebook Messenger bots. We've completed testing this new tool over at The Tea Mavens and are now ready to offer it to you for your tea biz, so be sure to think about whether it's the right fit for your brand as you interact with the bot.