Late last year, I had the distressing realization that I was stealing from my family. From my small daughter and from my awesome husband.
I had taken a big pay cut from my position at a larger nonprofit for the flexibility of a part-time position as Executive Director of a very small nonprofit arts organization. I did it so that I could spend more time with my kiddo (and to get to lead a nonprofit arts organization!).
And then I realized that in order to do an amazing job, I needed to spend waaaaaay more than 20 hours a week working. I don't like to do a just-okay job. So I started cramming in time everywhere I could, spending 30, 40, and 50 hours a week working.
I was doing pretty well at my job, but I was still making the same amount of money. And I wasn't spending the time with my girl. If I was going to do that, I could've stayed at that other job and had more in the bank. I was essentially working an extra 20 hours a week for free. That's me stealing. From my family.
So I stopped. And I started prioritizing at work like never before. And I started saying no like never before. And I started applying the principles of minimalism to our nonprofit.
And you know what? I'm doing a much better job leading my organization than I did when I was working extra for free. It ain't perfect. I still have way-too-late nights every once in a while. I'm still learning.
I'll be writing about that here. Read along, and tell me about your tiny business or nonprofit when you feel so moved.
If you are totally overwhelmed as you lead your small business or little nonprofit, click here. And then click here. I can help.
Each day this week, I'm touching on the kinds of things I'll be writing about here at one broken teapot. If you think these explorations are interesting or helpful, you can subscribe to have my blog posts delivered to your inbox. It's easy, and it's free.