I run a small, local, family owned business.  Specifically, we are a specialty running store that fits runners for proper footwear based on their biomechanics. Additionally, we offer the latest and greatest running apparel, gadgets, and nutrition. 

We are a three-year-old company that I have managed for the last two years. I left my job in the real estate and rental industry to lace up my running shoes and get to work on a new adventure.  We have enjoyed a great amount of growth in a short amount of time, which has been very rewarding.

I love what I do. So much so, that I began to have a hard time distinguishing the line between being dedicated and working all the time. 

One area specifically became my Achilles' heel and this was email. I checked and responded to emails from the moment I woke up to the moment I put my phone down at night.  I just couldn’t ever seem to catch up or stop working. And responding to email requires thought, sometimes research, and always time. 

So, lately I have set a new goal for myself, and that is to stop emailing past 6PM. It helps me personally because I stay in the moment once I’m home with my husband and our “4 legged” son.  It helps me professionally because I wake up fresh to take on the day and any tasks that are new. It helps me to minimize the urge to constantly work and maximize the clarity between work and home life.

What about you? 

What is your Achilles heel? 

What is the one thing you could give up to become a better leader?

•    What is the one thing, that you are so efficient with that by doing it you are actually becoming less effective?
•    What is the task that seems to consistently pull you away from important time with friends and family and back to your work?
•    What is the area that you feel you have to constantly work to stay ahead but yet always seems to pile up?
I will always battle knowing when to step back and let work wait until the morning. However, I’m thankful for this one little healthy step for my personal and business life.

– Written by Andrea Lehmkuhler