How often have you been asked how things are going and you respond by sighing and saying “Busy. SO crazy.” Raise your hand if you ever feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders or like you are just barely able to get your head above water or that you are moving back and forth so frantically that you aren’t really getting anything done. (Just imagine the sea of hands raised with yours. Trust me, you are NOT alone. Mine is up too.)
A few weeks ago, as I was staring at my multiple page to-do list, I got this overwhelming feeling of being like a hamster on a wheel. I kept spinning and spinning and just never getting anywhere. I was able to get all my work for clients done but the things for me just kept moving further and further down the list. This included everything from promotion for my business to planning activities for a friends visit to sending in my 1 year punch list to our home builder. I wasn’t making myself a priority in the least bit and was lying awake at night wondering when in the world I was going to get anything, let alone everything, done. My personal wellness was suffering which does not set you up for success in any part of your life.
Ever since this realization I’ve been working really hard to take tiny steps towards making myself a priority so I’m at my best. Do any of these resonate with you?
GET UP EARLIER. I can hear the groans. I know. I’m NOT a morning person. If I had it my way I would happily sleep 10 hours a day. But I needed more hours in the day to get things done. Ease yourself into it by getting up 15 minutes earlier each week.
GET UP AND MOVE. Whether you work from home or an office, it’s easy to find yourself get lost and spend hours working away. Once an hour, get up. Go use the restroom, get some water, do a lap, just be you for a moment. I will sometimes go do a small chore (washing dishes, folding laundry, dusting one room) in the house. Give yourself a mental break. Trust me, it’ll be there when you get back.
DO ONE THING FOR YOURSELF EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Maybe it’s working out or reading a book or calling your mom. Whatever makes you feel good needs to be made a priority.
BE REALISTIC. Look at your to-do list. Are there things that don’t really need to be on there? I’m not talking about important things you just don’t want to do. I’m talking about the things that you put on there because you feel like you “should”. Be harsh. Use a sharpie. Get rid of ‘em.
SAY NO. If you don’t have time to bake cupcakes, say no. If you don’t want to join that networking group because you don’t think it will benefit your business, say no. If you aren’t really that interested in the wine weekend trip, say no. Life will gone on. People will understand.