Today we’re encouraging you to also consider regularly dedicating time to your business.
You might ask, “isn’t that what I do, each day I go to my office/see my patients/check my emails …?”.
Taking a note from self-care
We’re not talking about the day-to-day activities that are involved in the running of your business. Brushing our teeth and taking a shower are daily activities which, could be defined as self-care but, we all know that these are not the same as taking an hour out to do some exercise or, taking an afternoon to get lost in nature or, soaking in a candlelit bubble bath. There are things we do because we’re taught to believe they’re necessary – when it comes to personal hygiene, this is with good reason! 🙂 – and then there are things that we too often see as nice-to-haves.
Keeping your eye on the prize
We’re talking about being strategic, rather than reactive (or even passive!). This means, spending time looking at what’s been working for your business (and you) and what hasn’t. It means assessing how you can do things differently, if necessary, and then coming up with ideas, identifying resources, setting up systems and implementing them. It means checking in to see how you’re doing with your larger goals and having the space to give them the focus they need. Perhaps you need this time to set those goals, if you haven’t already, or to adjust or even throw them out, if you’ve realised they are no longer appropriate.
The world, people, we as individuals and our businesses are constantly evolving, and so this kind of work demands our regular attention.
We’ve encouraged you before, to take a moment to take it all in, and we’ve given you ideas on how to review your practice. What we’re advocating today is that you schedule regular time to pause, step back and reengage with the bigger picture of why you do what you do.
Carve out at least 1 day each month
Block out time for this in your diary
Pick a spot
Constantly brain dump
Throughout the month, keep track of ideas and tasks that come to mind, that you would like to pay more attention to, during this monthly session. Keep all of these in one place. You might have a notebook dedicated especially to this work (for example, Tracy likes to have different notebooks for different business-related activities) or, you might use an online tool such as Wunderlist, Evernote or Trello (all productivity tools we’ve used and can recommend. You can sync all of these with corresponding apps on your tablet or smartphone which, means that you can record thoughts and ideas that come to you, on the go).
Be kind to yourself
If you’re anything like the two of us, your list of things to go through during that session, is likely to be much longer than is humanly possible to achieve. Pick the 3 most important things and start there. View this as a continuous work in progress and don’t forget to celebrate the small successes.