Remember when I had you re-think your to-do lists in longer-terms to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed? Now I’m going to add some more tasks for you to pile onto those already bursting to-dos.
Before you freak out, know that this will be for your own good.
Running a business can be a seven-days-a-week, 16+ hours a day job if you let it. It’s hard to shut that laptop closed and put down that beading needle when there is still so much work to be done. We feel like if we pause, even just for a moment, we’ll fall so far behind that we’ll need to figure out a way to time-travel in order to make up for lost time.
Forget destroying Hitler, send me back to last week so I can catch up on my bookkeeping.
Not surprisingly, with all of our business tasks scheduled back-to-back, we often skip our much-needed personal care.
Ask yourself: When was the last time you got your hair cut? Hit the treadmill? Read a book? Painted your nails? Made a salad? TOOK A SHOWER?
If you have to pause for even a MOMENT when answering any of these questions, it’s time to re-think how you handle your self-care habits. Taking good care of your person is just as important as getting those orders packaged and proof-reading those product descriptions. In fact, it’s even more important because everything you do is dependent on how well you are taking care of yourself. If your well-being starts to slide, it will show in your work.
To make sure you are fulfilling your personal needs, insert your self-care routines into your planner’s schedule. This will not only help you remember that these tasks are just as important as the other things on your list, but will also motivate you to complete them. No one likes to leave a task unchecked. Not after we’ve gone through all of the trouble of writing it down.
It’s one thing to tell yourself, “I’m going to start exercising 3 days a week,” and another to write down exercise for 1 hour on three days of the week in your planner. Now you HAVE to do it, and you’ll keep your much-needed task in mind when scheduling your other tasks around it.
Continue to do this for the other important, but often skipped self-care routines that you might be missing out on. By scheduling your YOU time, you’ll be giving it the priority it deserves.