I have to say things have been a little… erm… hectic over the past few weeks; what with running about the country and all.
Of course, on one level, this is absolutely fantastic: it’s great to be busy at any time but especially flattering during challenging economic times. Which is why, I guess, I feel guilty for feeling a bit knackered.
Like my dad (who is safely retired) says: ‘Make hay while the sun shines, m’boy.’
Hmmm… easy for him to say. He isn’t the one delivering a day’s training and then driving 400 miles to the next one.
Anyway, I was fascinated by a conversation I had with a franchisee last week, who was clearly in the same boat as me; i.e. very busy and feeling just a little jaded.
What’s more, they had clearly mentioned this to their franchisor and just as clearly had been told to shut up and get on with things. Here’s how the conversation went… it’s somewhat one sided, but that’s just how it was:
Me: How’s things?
Franchisee: Oh, very, very busy. Y’know. Lots of work and not enough time to do it in.
Franchisee: Still, I can’t complain… errrr… what I meant to say was I won’t complain… no, that’s not it. What I actually meant was I mustn’t campaign.
There was a bit of a silence where neither of us said anything. Then:
Franchisee: You won’t tell Bill (the franchisor, ed) I said that will you?
I shook my head solemnly.
Franchisee: Phew! Thank goodness for that!
Strange conversation I thought, but one I could relate to, what with being so busy/guilty myself.
It got me thinking, though. And I reckon the franchisee (and me, if comes to that) has been presented with choices he wouldn’t have if he wasn’t so busy:
- Keep going the way he is, get knackered for a bit, but recover sometime in the future when he’s not so stacked… in other words, put up and shut up (which I suspect was the advice he got from Bill the franchisor)
- Reduce the work he takes on and resign himself to the fact he’s going to earn less money
- Take someone on to help him and actually run a business rather than having a self-employed job
So, it really is good to be so busy that you meet yourself coming back before you left in the first place…
Work your way through that one and it will make sense eventually.