Taking care of your business includes taking care of you.
Think about it, if you’re run down and exhausted how effective can you be?
It will require time to take care of yourself, I know – you don’t have any extra time. But it is costing you time when you continue to push yourself and neglect your needs.
It’s the many small ways you neglect yourself that when added up can become a really big weight on your shoulders. And if you live with that big weight for a long period of time, you may start to feel the life draining out of you.
This is similar to continuing to try to cut down a tree with a dull saw versus taking time out to sharpen the saw (Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and thereby cutting down the tree faster and easier than using the dull saw.
We all seek a balanced life and the truth is that some periods will require that you work more than other times. The one thing to commit to, even when you are busy, is to taking care of you – the business owner. Without whom, there may be no business.
What can you do today, right now, to start taking care of yourself?
Here are some ideas to get you going:
– Take small, frequent breaks throughout the day
– Ask for help if you’re stuck (someone you know probably knows the answer)
– Outsource or delegate more
– Take time to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch
– Engage in some kind of physical activity on a regular basis
– Take at least one day, out of a seven day week, to do nothing but fun stuff and recharge your batteries
So while it may seem simplistic to make some small changes, just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. So is it worth the effort? Absolutely.
Think about the price you, and your business, are paying by not taking care of yourself. And consider how much more profitable (and happy) you would be if you did take better care of yourself.
What difference would it make in your life and business if you were to make some changes like the ones mentioned above? Why not try it for a month and find out? If it doesn’t work you can always go back to your old ways.
Make a decision to take extremely good care of yourself. Knowing that when you do, you will be a more effective and profitable business owner and hopefully have a lot more fun.
© Stephanie Ward
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