Most of us do what we can to keep our clients happy, yet we forget about our own needs. Today as you get ready to tackle your to-do list, consider these four ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
1. Pace yourself.
Realize your limitations and stop working when you’ve accomplished the goals you’ve set for the day. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your business (that’s one of the goals of working for yourself, isn’t it?), but too much of a good thing can be harmful and ultimately lead to burnout.
2. Schedule time with your family.
Whether you plan a four-day getaway, or agree to a two-day staycation, turn off your business and tune into your family. Sure, you may need to answer a few e-mails (emphasis on the word “few”), but the goal is to focus your time and energy on your family. After your getaway, don’t be surprised if you feel recharged and your family feels that they’ve reconnected with you.
3. Take time to learn more.
Whether you virtually attend online webinars, travel to live seminars, or take evening classes, make an effort to keep up with the changes in your industry. Set up a Google Alert to make sure you don’t miss the latest article or blog post about your field.
4. Create a balance between your business needs and your personal needs.
If you travel often for business, but enjoy working out, schedule a time on your calendar to exercise. Treat the appointment the same way you would an appointment with a client and keep it. Schedule time to get together with the group of friends you used to meet for lunch or dinner, but had to put off for business. When you wait for the opportune time to do something for yourself, it rarely happens. You have to schedule it.
The next time you do something for a client, take a few minutes to do something for yourself. Go ahead…you deserve it.