When you work for yourself, time is probably one of your most precious commodities. Between marketing, pitching, selling, managing, serving, there’s always something to do and you can quickly end up feeling like Sisyphus pushing his boulder up a hill.
No matter how much effort you make to clear your to-do, it seems that there’s always something ready to fill the empty slot right back up again.
Obviously with so much time dedicated to your business, finding time for self-care can seem like an impossible endeavor.
Here are two simple ways to find time for yourself when you just don’t have time.
Use the magic word
When I am overwhelmed, there’s a magic word that seems to instantly create more space in my life. That word is ‘no’. It’s incredible how much these 2 letters can do for you when you’re drowning under too much things to do. It’s one of my favorite tools to beat overwhelm.
I find that by saying ‘no’ to those tiny things that clutter life and suck up our energy, there’s automatically more time to do what matters and I can then reinvest these precious moments in nurturing myself.
What to say ‘no’ to?
– Wasting 1/2 hour on social media in the morning. Plan your day instead.
– Tasks you insist on accomplishing which could be delegated.
– Coffee meetings across town to bounce off ideas. Get on a video call instead.
You get the idea!
Write it down
You probably have noticed how these fuzzy ideas that float through your brain magically turn into concrete plans the moment you commit them to paper. Something powerful happens when you write things down: things get structured and organized.
Why not use this principle to bring your self-care practice to life?
Need half an hour to meditate in the morning? Block a slot in your calendar.
Need a massage to relieve your stiff neck? Pencil it in!
I am sure all your important meetings are in there. So instead of treating your self-care as an after-thought, why not add those important meetings with yourself as well.
After all, you’re the most important person in your world, and without self-care you can’t care for others.