Has your messenger ever been so cluttered that you were tempted to breathe into a brown paper bag? I’ve been there. It got to the point for me where I wasn’t even seeing messages from my husband or friends anymore.
I keep my personal messenger for personal conversations as best I can but there was a time that my messenger was flooded daily. I’d be sitting next to my husband on the couch answering people’s questions. I was physically there, but I wasn’t really present. The truth is that I felt like my identity was tied to answering those questions. I wanted to be helpful. I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging.
So, I answered everyone’s questions to the detriment of my family life. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I know that a lot of you are in this space. A lot of you are feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of messages that you don’t know how to get through. You feel like you have to answer every single one or you’ll risk losing out on a potential client.
It’s important to communicate with people, obviously, but not to the point of ignoring your spouse sitting right next to you night after night.
That’s when I figured out how to maintain a balance between answering questions and honoring my family. It included answering “a” question that would help them, but then directing them to where they could book a time with me. This really cleared out my inbox and helped me avoid continuing to be a slave to my phone.
In the workshop I did last week, I went through how to have those conversations with people in a really incredible way. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this and I taught everyone how to do it so that there is still trust and honor. This is what one of my students had to say after the workshop.
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