I am dedicating this post to the important topic on how to grow your business with self-care. It might sound counter-intuitive but there must be a line between work and our personal life especially when we start our own business. I go live, every week, on my Instagram account (@ellieshokrollahi_photography) with bossbabes in different industries, mostly with women in areas I am interested in and preach everyday. My guest this week was a holistic health and wellness coach where we talked about how much water one should intake and when, we also talked about herbal ways to reduce the allergy effects for spring. It was very informative conversation, I really learnt a lot of things. So my philosophy is that I am human before I am an entrepreneur, business owner, or photographer so I love to talk about on the topics I am interested and touch each day that includes healthy living: exercises, food recipes and so many more interesting topics to involve my audience. But, one of my followers commented on my live that health is not necessary for a creative work! Do you agree?
I definitely disagree and that’s why I am writing this blog post on simple yet effective ways to practice self-care which helps grow your business. All you need to do is develop habits around the topics I am going to cover and practice it daily. This guarantees that you will start to see many positive changes in your life. Exercise and eating healthy are on top of the list, no question! However, I am going to share the big picture. If you like to learn on how to grow your business with self-care read along.
Set Quarterly Goals
In business world, we are often taught to follow the ‘rule of one’. Essentially it means we do one thing at a time. What my mentor has suggested is to divide the year into 4 quarters. We we divide the year into 3-month increments and choose to focus on one project per quarter, then our ideas and tasks are less intimidating and overwhelming to tackle as before. We sort of halt million ideas that run into our mind throughout the day and focus on one important project at hand. It’s much more satisfying and beneficial; above all our business will be anticipatory rather than reactionary.
Bonus Tip: The goals we set should be SMART goals — ones that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Read more here.
Learn to Take Some ‘Me’ Time
I definitely feel guilty when I take some rest time. It’s the mindset that I have that when I take some time for myself, I am abandoning my business. Something along the line of ““Why didn’t I get up earlier so I could get more done?” or “I’ll skip the gym today so I can catch up on my IG contents.”
This mindset that you should feel guilty when you take time for myself is dangerous. Our health should be more important than our business. I am dedicating an hour or two, as soon as I wake up and before I touch any work, to myself every morning; I am much more productive on the days I follow this routine (I recommend you do the same). And next time you are beating yourself up for just stepping away for a bit, just acknowledge the fact that you’re human and remember that your best is all you can do. Observe what relaxes you, what motivates you, and what inspires you then add those elements to your day to day. Ultimately we need to find a balance between being committed and being a workaholic.
Learn to Say No
It’s important to learn to say no, I agree that this is the most challenging concept that we need to learn as business owners. Saying NO is one of my goals this year; mainly to set aside time to indulge in life’s simplest pleasure, more sleep, more reading time and more deep breaths. Saying yes to tasks and projects that is far from your business goals brings more harm than good (maybe some instant/short satisfactions); i.e. if you are worried hurting someone’s feeling when you say no, maybe offer them an alternative solution. This will help to keep a positive reputation in our community while also putting our business first. So, be selective and get better at saying no!
Treat Ourself and Learn to Let Go
Sometimes we need to take break or vacation to bring back the creativity into the work. Disconnection for a bit ( it doesn’t have to be 2 weeks, even a day trip out of town would do it) is beneficial and allow you to come back refreshed, motivated, and inspired.
In same context, I really want to touch upon on delegation when necessary. As our business grows, we won’t be able to do it all ourselves. It’s crucial to build a team that can help us to work toward achieving our overall goal. This has few benefits even though it is scary to put our biz in someone else’s hand. Here are why adding individual to your team can be beneficial. The new team member:
- Can bring new ideas to the table;
- Increase efficiency;
- Allows you to grow as a leader;
- Give you some breathing time for bigger goals.
Hope these are helpful tips to grow your business while taking care of yourself.
What are your thoughts on this?
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