Written By: Stephanie Scott
For parents, it’s the extra hour of sleep but for entrepreneurs, it’s the extra hour of early. Arriving early is priceless and can feel like gold for anyone who is constantly on the grind.
The ability to accomplish in the quiet what equates to ten times what you are able to do in the noise of emails and telephones and texts and Periscope notifications (don't get me started on SnapChat) feels like a dream that you never want to wake from. In fact, it’s the quiet nap that you don’t even want people to know that you are taking for fear that the daily distractions may takeover again. There is beauty in being able to walk down the street, have your pick of parking (like a Queen!), be treated to a Venti Oprah Chai with Coconut Milk – no water – and pause to see the snow melt. That’s how my delicious day started…
I arrived an hour early to my office one morning prepared for an 8:30am conference call with the New York Women in Communcations Foundation Board, where I serve as the VP of Membership Empowerment Grants, only to find that the time changed from our standard 8:30am to 9:30am. I learned of this just after I parked my car and double-checked my calendar so that I could prepare to dial-in to our call. Rather than be upset about the time confusion, I paused, noticed how BEAUTY-full the still of the morning was, how many other people were in the midst of their busy early morning and wondered what else was happening in the world that I usually miss in my morning rush? Instead of being the overzealous entrepreneur and heading straight in, I grabbed a chai (courtesy of a well received gift card), noticed all of the people chatting in the coffee shop and then sauntered up the block to my office. My morning felt like an ease – no one knew that I was there and I wasn’t expected for an hour so I got so much done. So much!
I have come to learn that in life, you don’t always know what’s in front of you or why. It took me a while to learn to relax and have faith that everything in life will be fine and work out the way that it was planned to be. Find time or time will find you. Enjoy your day J
BEAUTY-full Disclosure: I started writing this blog post about a month ago but once the clock hit and my call started, it was back to the grind and I’m just now finishing. The hustle is real! Gotta love it!!