“It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
Today, April 30, marks the final day of the Business Cleanse, my 20-business day experiment to “cleanse” myself from my bad business habits.
I’m glad I went through this process, although I admit that this cleanse was more difficult than I expected. While this was probably the most productive month I’ve ever had, I still found myself wasting time on the “low hanging fruit” tasks rather than focusing on more challenging priorities.
One of the best things I accomplished this month was finally finding a virtual assistant who is capable and takes initiative. I’ve tried several VA’s in the past, but none of them have been a good fit for me.
“The end is my beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
During this cleanse I avoided some of my worst workday habits, and hopefully that will translate into new, more effective ones. I plan to use the lessons and successes of this month to keep myself on task.
One area where I can use more improvement is focusing on myself. While my work habits this month were stellar, one of the purposes of the business cleanse was to spend more time on personal enjoyment, like bicycling.
So I may give another update at some point in the future, but for now, the business cleanse experiment is over. The results were truly amazing, and I highly recommend this process to anyone looking to become more productive at work.
If I could boil the effects of this month down to one primary benefit, I would say this process has made me more aware of how I spend my time, which has already proved invaluable.
Top photo by sashafatcat