Shifting Your Priorities
In order to make room for a new project, you have to give up some stuff. These past few months have been busy and, whilst that has been great, I know my time was not being used as wisely as it needed to be. I was starting to feel all over the place and - dare I say it - burnt out. Sound familiar?
Being a young business, I thought being busy was working to my advantage. I shouldn’t be burnt out already though. Why was I? I loved what I was doing, so working any moment I got seemed relaxing to me in a twisted way. We are supposed to be busy. Right?? If I’m not busy, then I’m clearly not working as hard as I should. Wrong wrong.
I knew that I had to organize my time better because it felt like I was all over the place. I knew that I had to let myself rest.
In order to grow your business, you have to give yourself a break. I cannot stress the importance of this. I remember reading years ago an article in The National Geographic how The United States was the only First World Country that legally did not have to give you a day of paid time off. As an American, if you had a decent job, you might get 2 weeks off from your employer. But, don’t think for a second you could take that all at once. In fact, most American workers don’t take it off at all for fear of losing their job. Thanks ‘Merica.
You can look for yourself but there are countless studies out there that prove by not having any time off, it makes workers grossly unproductive. I know that when I first started working in the UK having those holiday benefits was a shock to my working system. Holiday time? Again? (Don’t get me started on US Maternity Care).
Carving out real time and refuelling yourself should be at the core of everything you do. Workers who take time off are more productive. Yep, it’s true. They have higher morale and will stay focused for longer.
Rest doesn’t have to be holidays in Europe (although plz can they) - it can be watching an episode of your favorite TV show, changing the mental gears and tackling an art project, going for a run...if you are into that…
Setting Your Goals & Intentions
When you are feeling stressed and are in the thick of it, just remember, the busy times ebb and flow. Your goals that you set should be planting seeds for the year. Not just for the order on Friday. You need to know where those seeds you plant are going to grow this year.
Must you know every goal?
Are you a fortune teller? No! No one has all the answers. Not even me. You just have to set them. Write them down and try them out. You have to set your intentions. Ps. Join my free facebook group to get with people who get it.
It may seem hard to commit to something, but I promise you...writing them down will make all the difference.
You want to create at least 10 new products this year? Awesome. You want to create 5 new products every quarter? Even better.
Remember though, it isn’t about doing more. Doing more does not equate to success. They have to come from a place that matters to you. If they aren’t meaningful to you then they really don’t have a place on your list. Set your intentions with positive vibes.
BUT I HATE GOALS PAULA!
Why? Have a think why that is. Creating goals isn’t about coming up with all these unique things, but being a goal digger, uncovering what’s already below the surface.
Get some paper, edit out your list. Honestly clean that shit up. Look at the big picture. Where do you want to be at the end of the day, at the end of your life? Is your daily life getting you there? Will it matter when you get to your end of this life?
Do you think checking your Facebook is going to matter when you are 80?
Be willing to look at what has not been going well. Learn from the past. Let’s check it off. Sometimes when we are so crazy involved in our business, we completely forget what we did before it all.
Things will grow and change direction. You have permission to change your mind. It’s totally cool. Most of us are working parents and our time is precious. You have to be intentional and smart with your time so you get the most out of it.
I know it can be hard to shut your brain off. Especially when you are supposed to be resting. I know it is hard to rest when you know there is work to be done. It’s a vicious cycle. Give your head too much quiet time and you might end up with too many new ideas.
I’m going to help you with that too.
Stay tuned to my next post which will be about Productivity. Be sure you have those goals written down by then. In the meantime, check out the 90 day planner I have created just for the Renegades. You can read more about how to create your own 90 day plan here.