When you are a women in business, have children, a spouse, parents, friends, housework and grocery shopping, laundry, voluntary work and any other number of roles, finding time for yourself and your own self care tends to be way down the list of priorities. That list is enough to make your head spin God we’re amazing us women. You could even begin to feel guilty about taking time for yourself.
So what can you do to overcome this? What do I do, my “secret”? What has led me to have more free time to pamper, enjoy long baths, leisurely lunches, girlie nights out, country walks, massages and regular date night in luxury hotels with my clandestine lover AKA hubby. I have systems in place that automate many areas of my business. If you work from home, having a designated workspace really helps to separate business from home life.
There are lots of tools and resources available now to simplify things. Lets be honest though, having so many choices can be part of the problem, as it takes time to research and road test many of these shortcuts. With so much choice available, we tend to get confused on what’s best and begin to get caught up in all the details. Which could lead to spending more time in actually making a decision than doing the task.
What you need to remember with the proper systems and structure you have in your business, the easier it will be to replicate and outsource to someone else like a VA. Breaking down every part of your business into step-by-step process. Having a giant white board really helps me break down my daily, weekly/monthly tasks.
Having regular breaks and time for you is vital for your wellbeing and business growth. When you take the time to take care of yourself and your needs, you’ll actually become more productive. Being overtired, stressed and worn out are not good states to be in to run a successful business.
You can just imagine all the mistakes you make when you are tired. You become cranky, irritated and people start getting on your nerves. If you are in the service business and lets face it, everyone is. The purpose of business is to sell your products or services to other people. If you are performing below par, how likely are those people to return to your business?
My guilty secret, which I’m actually doing right now as I write this article, is, listening to 2FM, which is an Irish radio station. Living in London UK, this helps me connect with home, and you can’t beat Irish humour and it always lifts my spirit and is so hilarious. Simple and doesn’t cost anything, yet I feel refreshed and raring to go afterwards. Laughing releases endorphins (feel good hormones) once your body is flooded with these natural chemicals you feel good and have more energy. Hanging out with young children and animals also has the same effect.
So create time daily, weekly and monthly for yourself.