Never ending cycle…but it’s never dull either!
By Talmar Anderson
Being a business owner feels like one long to do list sometimes. You must keep on top of vendors. Make sure your staff feel heard and appreciated. Check the numbers regularly to protect profit margins. Be accessible to clients and continually improve on customer service. Develop communications. Develop new opportunities. Reject mis-matched possibilities….and so on. And so on. But it is fun too! At least it can be if you let it. Here are some of the ways YOU could make space. As the business owner, give yourself permission to be human.
Calendar it or be spontaneous but consider giving yourself space. Make space to celebrate the completed and accomplished. Space to think about and research an entirely new service or product. Space to decide which position to hire next. Space to meet a fellow professional and have a drink and LAUGH out loud.
Maybe not even talk about business at all. Start small if you are not already doing this. Maybe you would enjoy…
- Calendaring a day to play…mid-week. (Imagine…You and a loved one going to the movies. There is something particularly decadent about being in a mostly empty movie theater when everyone else is at school/work).
- Sleeping in when you are extra tired or feel “something” coming on.
- Turning off the computer 2 hours earlier than usual to go grocery shopping for your home.
- Refusing first appointments twice a week to workout.
- Refusing to book anything on Tuesday evenings to cuddle with your family and go to bed early.
- Meeting your spouse for early happy hour to connect 1 on 1 before the family launches into the evening circus.
- Go sit, alone. Not talking to anyone. Watching the people, birds, boats go by.
I recommend that you do this regularly! That is the whole point of being a business owner, right? Or at least a major reason. Doing what YOU want. Supporting your personal needs as well as business growth needs. ONLY you can set realistic expectations with staff and clients on your availability. STOP over promising. Tell them you are busy or don’t. Just say “No”.
If you can’t get it on your day to day calendar, then schedule time to get away. 1 day or 2 weeks can give your business a whole new perspective. (Be clear on whether you are going to focus on business or take space away from business during your trip. As always, have a purpose to your action!) Make it about you some of the time.
Knowing you have personal time to take care of your needs can alleviate a lot of that “I have to” stress. Clients, kids, friends…they willing let you prioritize their needs because they ARE looking out for themselves. I give you permission to look out for you too!
Don’t feel guilty. Don’t think about the phone calls going to voice mail. Unless you are a heart surgeon (and most of you reading this are NOT!) life will go on without you for a little while. But you will not be able to go on if you do not prioritize your own personal space. Who knows…you might have some fun too!
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