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.
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.
Will you be practicing a little self-care, or will it be work, work, work as usual?
Believe it or not, there are only 3 more Wednesdays in December. Just 17 days until we usher in the new year … 2017.
I know … seriously? Where did the year go????
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.
You know the lyrics to that old song “Won’t you take me to Funky town?” Well I’ve been there and would rather stay away. I don’t think anyone likes being in a funk, but it happens to the best of us. You’re low on energy, have to force yourself to get anything done, and just don’t feel quite as enthusiastic about what you’re doing as you do when you’re in a groove. You know that feeling when your business motivation has just got up and gone?
This feeling of funk (or funkiness if you will) can be even more difficult when you’re self-employed; because you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, motivating you to get back to work or work harder. As a business owner, you’re it. That drive has to come from within you.
Many business owners experience this in their business; the feast or famine of self-employment. Some months they are hopping and not sure how they can get it all done, and then the next month or so, you can hear a pin drop with little income coming in and new clients nowhere in sight. That’s why it’s so important for business owners … especially speakers and coaches, to always put their business success first.
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