JOMO for better business
This year I’ve learned the benefits of jomo, both on a personal level but foremost a professional level. Jomo refers to the joy of missing out, in contrast to the social media-driven term Fomo we all know too well.
Or as New York Times puts it “JOMO is about disconnecting, opting out and being O.K. just where you are.”
For me as a business owner that means saying no to opportunities, and being satisfied with my decisions. It means disconnecting as a way to achieve business growth and use time and resources where it's needed. It means being able to prioritize and gain focus in my work.
Here are 3 ways you can use jomo for better business:
1. Disconnect. If you feel like turning off slack, email or your phone you can. Being available at all times is not helping you in any way. As a business owner, you need to be able to focus and prioritize in order to get things done.
It’s also a good idea to do whatever you feel like that particular moment. This emotionally driven approach to dealing with to-do lists and has definitely helped me disconnect in business boosting way.
2. Meeting opt out. Raise your hand if you get invited to a lot of meetings and then discovering the meeting had nothing to do with your part in the project? As a business owner and consultant, we have to value our time and make sure time spent is actually leading to our projects progressing or our business growing. I often find myself in meetings that are draining my motivation, rather than boosting it. To avoid that you have to remind yourself about the benefit of opting out certain meetings or politely decline lunch meetings or coffee invites as a way to focus and do better business.
3. Accepting the now. When I first started my business I spent way too much time planning the future. It took me many sleepless nights and stressful days to realize making plans are not helping my business.
Being able to embrace the now and prioritize the projects I have on my plate turned out to be a better contributor to growth. So many things can happen along the way, and often, in my line of work plans rarely pan out. I’m a goal-oriented person and enjoy setting up time framed achievements, so embracing the now is a challenge. But something I work on every day.
More reading on the concept of jomo: