December is a busy month for almost everyone, and self-care has never been more important. Holidays aside, there’s year-end to consider, the children are usually off school, friends and loved ones tend to drop by more frequently … there’s so much happening. As a result, chances are you’re eating more, drinking more, spending more, and sleeping less.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us. For those of us in the US, it’s the national signal to proceed with holiday festivities! Holiday shopping is already well underway with all the early Black Friday sales. Christmas trees are popping up across my Facebook feed as so many of my friends can’t wait to get started. Holiday party invites are coming in fast and furious, and planning is well underway for the BizEase team’s very own virtual Christmas party, which spans the continent. I love both Thanksgiving and Christmas; the spirit of the holidays, the joy of the season, the magic in the air … but boy oh boy can it be overwhelming.
No one can understand the life of an overwhelmed entrepreneur like another overwhelmed entrepreneur. (Can I get a heck yes?) Client work, social media, bookkeeping … client projects. Emails to write, proposals to draft, phone calls to return, websites to update. Sometimes, owning/operating/growing a successful business feels like trying to shovel the driveway during a blizzard. Like we’re putting out a lot of effort, yet aren’t getting anywhere.
My very short newsletter tip, the BizEase Buzz, goes out every Friday. It hits the inbox of my subscribers with some kind of time-saving tip on plugins, apps, and tools that will help them be more productive. In general, I do my best to pick my tip and get it scheduled at least the day before so it’s done. But when I woke up last Friday morning, my newsletter was not scheduled, I still had no tip, and my brain was empty.
I’m dealing with something in my personal life now that is putting a strain on my business. One of my children needs me at the moment, so I’m there. This is, thankfully, a temporary situation; but family takes priority. Always has, always will. It’s as simple as that.
Kids are out of school, beaches are filled with sun worshipers, and projects all over North America are being held up because someone’s on holiday.
Yes, it’s summer (aka: vacation season) and the livin’ is easy. Or is it? I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer here, but as great as vacations are for those who have paid time off, it can be rather frustrating for the rest of us.
Working from home comes with great rewards: flexible hours, zero commute, and complete freedom over our own schedule.
But, the work-at-home arrangement also comes with a few challenges: inability to leave work behind at the end of the day, temptation to do housework during business hours, and a constant struggle to achieve work/life balance.
Self-care is crucial, yet so often overlooked. There’s so much to do, how can you possibly just take a break from it all? Wouldn’t that be irresponsible? You’re overwhelmed with work as it is, so it would feel like you’re just slacking off if you took a time out to focus on yourself. Who has time to exercise or sit own to eat lunch?
Sound familiar? Let me ask you…
Priority, priorities … not very big words, but so important in the day-to-day challenge of busy business owners trying to stay out of overwhelm.
As many of you know, I’ve been hosting a 10 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. We’re on day 3 now, and to be perfectly honest, it’s taking a LOT more time and focus than I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving it and knew it would require time and effort on my part, but I truly did not realize just how much would required. And then there is the Facebook component. I’m running the challenge in a private Facebook group, so there’s that added … Facebook “squirrel!” thing going on at the same time. I get on Facebook with the express intent of interacting with those in the group, and end up being sucked right into the rest of Facebook. But that’s another subject altogether.
Hey, y’all … is anyone else out there feeling a little tired this summer?
I realize this is way off my typical business topics; but it’s about self-care, a topic that is vital to the health and welfare of every business owner! The fact is, however, many of us don’t have any problems taking care of our clients or team, but when it comes to self-care, sometimes we entrepreneurs simply don’t take the time we need. It’s easy to find yourself working late into the night, sipping caffeinated beverages and snacking on chips and dip. But is that the healthiest way to be living your life?
Short answer: no.
When we’re at optimal health, we can do our best work. Sure, we all have our guilty pleasures. (*Raises hand* Popcorn and beer!) But I believe, as small business owners, we should be making our health a priority so much more often than we do.