Taking My Own Advice

By Doug Armey

Of late, I’ve realized more and more I’m racing to get everything done.  Run my business.  Invest effectively.  Write this blog.  As well as have time to be a good husband, father, friend, exercise, have fun and get enough sleep.  Whew, makes me exhausted thinking about it.

When I accepted the presidency of my Rotary Club, one of the largest in the world, it put me over the top.  It’s an honor to be asked but it comes with great expectations and responsibilities.  So while happy to serve it’s like having a second job.

About two weeks ago I finally hit the wall.  I caught a respiratory virus and melted down.

While lying in bed somewhere between dreaming and consciousness I realized I was not doing what I have written about—building margin into my life.  My days had become a succession of running from meeting to meeting and launching new programs.  I was exhausted and knew I couldn’t keep this pace.

So I’m taking my own advice.  Dialing back the blog for a while.  I won’t be posting regularly but sporadically as I have time and inspiration.  I simply need to build in reserve to regain my health and energy.

One of the things that’s different about writing a blog compared to writing articles or a book is it happens in real time.  No matter what else is going on in my life every week I need to come up with fresh ideas for posts.  Right now I’m simply drained and need step back.

I’m going to evaluate the blog.  Experiment as I feel led.  Try some fresh ideas.  Get re-enthused.

So welcome new posts when they come.  Give me feedback on the changes.  And build in margin in your own life if you need it.

We’ll talk soon.

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  1. Good for you, Doug!

    I’ve been dialing my whole life back over the past couple of months for the first time in YEARS and it feels GREAT!

    Everyone’s wired uniquely, and it also changes over time. Some people I think really are built to work 80 hours a week and run on 4 hours of sleep a night. I did it for many years. Now, experiencing the peace of mind every night and every weekend that I’ve done what I’m supposed to do at work and am now doing what I’m supposed to with my personal time is… well, words really don’t even do it justice.

    Your true friends and fans will still be here, whatever you decide to do.

  2. Doug Armey says:


    Often times just getting away from the crunch brings new insights. That’s my process right now.


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