Over at FlamingHot Susan asks, “What are the little ways you enjoy glass and the business you run?”
This, like many things in business, was a struggle for me. No matter how much you love what you do, there are going to be things that bug you. The little things like paperwork and phone calls that you won’t want to do. But you have to do them.
While there are many little things in my business that I love, there are many that that is not the case. So, I had to change my attitude, and I have to continuously adjust that attitude. If I didn’t, the little things would be miserable.
Here’s my little secret. If you do the little things you can’t stand, at the right time, you’ll feel good about them.
For example, I don’t particularly care for cleaning beads. But it has to get done. What is a good time to clean beads? When I only have a few minutes available. Normally, when we only have a few minutes we think, ‘what could I possibly get done in five minutes?’ and we throw that time out the window. If I pick up my dremel and clean some beads, I’ve just been really productive in a short time, doing something I wouldn’t normally like to do. That makes me feel good and bead cleaning doesn’t feel as bad.
How about spacer beads or simple production stuff? Can’t stand it. But, if I don’t have my mojo on that day or the muse is out dancing with someone else, why not sit down and make spacer beads? It takes my thoughts off being frustrated at the lack of creative juice and when I’m done, I have lots of spacer beads to either sell or have at my disposal. But then I gotta do all that cleaning. Hm.
Those are just two examples. How do you get yourself to do the little things that you’d rather not do? Do you do them begrudgingly or do you trick yourself so they actually seem ok? Let me (and others) know! Leave a comment!