A few weeks ago, my coach gave me some pretty tough homework. Are you ready for this? She asked me to stop working by 4 PM every single day.
As soon as the words came out of her mouth, I stared back in awe. I laughed awkwardly, shifted in my seat, and felt my jaw resting on the floor for a full five seconds before I could process what was happening.
“Stop working at 4 PM every day? But, wouldn’t that make me a bad entrepreneur?” was all I could think.
When I finally caught my breath and felt my feet re-ground to the floor, I mustered back an OK and continued the conversation.
My coach wanted me to adopt a new mindset. “The less I work the more I make” was about to become my new mantra. It was time I let go of the hustle that only left me feeling stressed, defeated, and miserable way too often.
And although I was as nervous as could be, there was also a slight hint of excitement at finally doing something different. Because for the past year and a half since leaving my full-time job, I’ve been doing anything and everything I’ve been told. Reading all the blogs, spending time on all the social medias, and adopting every cookie cutter business model I could find. I was a hamster spinning on a wheel with only one goal in mind: do more, be more, and achieve more. And my entire self-worth was dependent on it.
The first week of stopping work at 4 PM was a bit odd, but also incredibly freeing. I spent time looking at make up on YouTube…just for fun. I started cooking homemade meals in the kitchen after a 4-month hiatus of telling my fiancé I didn’t have time. I bought new clothes, jewelry, and skin care products with the permission to invest in myself as a woman, not just a business owner. I played with our new pup outside for hours and soaked up the sun on our new lawn chairs. I called friends I’d wanted to catch up with and I read a few books I’d wanted to read.
After a few weeks of this additional time freedom, I realized that there are a lot of ways to invest in my business without solely investing in another course or another coach. That sometimes, we need to step back and make sure we feel good on a personal level, first.
5 Ways To Invest in Your Business Without Investing in Another Course or Coach
- Update your wardrobe and/or change your skincare, makeup, or hair routine! For this one, you’re investing financially in your business, but not through traditional means, such as a course or a coach. Instead, you’re investing in things that make you, as a woman, feel really good. Maybe you’re in need of new makeup, a fresh pair of underwear, or a new shirt that you love to wear. Whatever it is, sometimes one change to what we wear can make all the difference in how we feel about our work! For me, red lipstick has been my go-to and the most surprising change. One month ago, I thought I couldn’t pull it off. Today, it’s my favorite business accessory as it gives me a pop of freshness and confidence.
- Set a hard stop! 4 PM is a little intense, so you don’t have to start there. But, what if you make a commitment to stop working by 7 PM each night? Or, what if you decide to be done for the day whenever your significant other or kids walk through the door? Pick a time that works for you – one that feels a bit uncomfortable – and commit to stopping at that time every day.
- Start cooking or give yourself permission to stop cooking. I love cooking when I have the space for it, but I’m a terrible meal planner. Every time I go to the grocery store, I come home to a fiancé asking what’s for dinner. I slowly go through my haul, and eventually look at him with this “Uh, I can make mac and cheese?” kind of expression. And so, we decided to opt out of meal planning and try out Hello Fresh instead. With my hard stop time and meals planned ahead of time, we’re finally eating home cooked meals again and it feels really good.
- Go through your closet. With the additional time in my life, and with an encouragement from Shauna’s REBOOT program, I went through everything in my closet from shoes to jewelry to clothing. I got rid of anything I wasn’t excited to wear. Making physical space in my home and office was the first step to creating mental space for the clients I want to take on in the future.
- Find a hobby. Before I left my 9-5, my business was my hobby. It was what most excited me, the topic I couldn’t wait to learn more about, and the thing that took up most of my free time. When that hobby officially became my work, I felt something missing. Turns out, I needed a new passion to re-spark much needed creativity so that I no longer felt more bitter towards my work than excited by it.
When we invest in ourselves through new clothes, fresh food, or fun hobbies, we often feel more fulfilled in our lives. And when we feel more fulfilled in our lives, we can give more to our work. How do you invest in your business without investing in another course or another coach.