Erinn Diaz: Entrepreneur, Performer, Author, Optimist
This blog comes to you live from the monkey’s observatory, as I decided to work from the Lincoln Park Zoo today! One of the best things about having a mobile office is just that…. As long as there is an electrical outlet, you can be productive from anywhere in the world, so long as the environment is positive.
It’s interesting how atmosphere changes not only the way you work, but your entire attitude! When you are in an environment of disorganization or uncleanliness, no matter how hard you focus, your work becomes more challenging to complete.
This is the first time in my life that I have felt like I have real true balance. When I started First in Flight Entertainment over ten years ago now in our small garage office in Pfafftown, North Carolina, I did EVERYTHING myself. Scheduling, website, marketing, business development, sponsorships, production, event coordination, writing the shows, networking and every small job you can think of. The pattern continued for me when I started my nonprofit organization, Spring Theatre… for every single show at the beginning I would direct, music direct, choreograph, costume, stage manage, market, design the posters, hire everyone for the shows, oversee the tech, get sponsorships and even make the program. At the time, I was proud of the fact that I did it all.
It wasn’t until I changed my atmosphere and got out of the physical office of both businesses completely that they started to grow. In fact, the biggest reason that I feel successful at this moment in my career is because I finally learned the importance of working ON the business and not IN the business. Though I still “work” an average of 17 hours a day, the work I’m doing is more creative and visionary, and not as many small details it used to be because of my amazing team and our amazing growth together. It’s a daily dance with temptation staying on top of something you’re so very passionate about, but I realize now that being involved in the details does nothing but hold me back from doing all that we are all meant to accomplish together.
If you’re feeling like you are drowning in work this beautiful Monday, I challenge you to change your atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as working from the zoo, but you can straighten up your desk, work from another room, open a window, go to a coffee shop, or if you’re working from home even just change your clothes. You might have some insight on how to stay on top of your tasks today instead of allowing your tasks stay on top of you.