When you’re in business for yourself, it’s easy to let the days blur together as you juggle all the tasks of running a successful company. But burnout can quickly creep up on you if you don’t take time to recharge and refocus. We’ll show you how self-care and time management work so your business can thrive!
What is self-care?
Self-care is “the process of caring for one’s own physical and mental health.” It’s about taking care of yourself so that you can be your best in all areas of life—personally and professionally.
The concept of self-care has become a buzzword in the last few years, but it isn’t new to humankind; our ancestors practiced their rituals, such as tea ceremonies or meditation sessions, which were essential for their well-being.
Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive; there are many ways to practice self-care that don’t require any money (such as staying hydrated or getting plenty of sleep).
However, some significant purchases can make your life much easier! For example, an eye mask is great when it’s time for bed, but you’re still working on an assignment; a white noise app will help drown out distractions; a small case full of essential oils means you’ll always have something soothing nearby when anxiety strikes!
Why is self-care important?
You’re probably wondering, “Why is self-care so important?” Self-care is vital for physical health, mental well-being, and happiness for a healthy work-life balance.
Self-care also helps you to be a better friend and family member. It even allows you to be more confident in your abilities as an employee or student.
How time management plays a role in self-care
You’ve probably been guilty of working too much if you’re anything like me. And when I say “too much,” I mean “at all night hours.”
Starting a new business venture is hard without burning the candle at both ends. But we’ll lose our minds if we don’t work smarter, not more complex (and take some time for ourselves).
Turning clients down or declining projects can be tempting because they require too much time and energy—but that’s not self-care! Self-care is about caring for yourself to be your best self and bring your best energy into everything else that makes up your life.
Do some brain-dumping
When you have thoughts, ideas, and things you need to do floating around your brain, it can be hard to get them out. A brain dump is a way of getting all those thoughts out on paper (or in a spreadsheet) so you can see what is essential and what isn’t.
You can use this method to improve your time management skills by identifying which tasks are urgent and which aren’t as much of a priority.
Write everything down or enter it into a spreadsheet—whatever works for you! Make sure that whatever system you choose allows for easy reordering later on so that any priorities can be moved up or down as necessary at the end of each day, week, month, year, etc.
Plan out your day the night before
Planning your day the night before is a great way to ensure you finish more quickly. The earlier you plan, the easier it will be to get things done.
In addition, planning out your day gives you a clear idea of what needs to happen each day and how long it will take. This means that when something comes up unexpectedly (and there’s always something), you’ll know whether you can fit it into your schedule for the rest of the day or if it will affect what else needs to be done later.
Planning your tasks is one good solution if you’re looking for ways to improve how much gets done during your workday!
Prioritize your tasks
Acknowledge that you can’t do everything at once. Knowing the difference between a task and a goal is essential to prioritize based on each one’s importance.
You should also prioritize tasks based on their deadline, your energy level, and personal preference (i.e., if it’s easier for me to do this today than tomorrow).
If several tasks need completing, look at how urgent they are: if one has a deadline in three days and another has no time limit, then focus on the latter first because there is more room for error before the former must be completed.
How can you delegate tasks that take up your time?
Hire a virtual assistant.
You can give virtual assistants access to your email inbox, calendar, or other important documents or files to help you stay organized regularly.
This is an excellent option if you need help with research or have many tasks requiring special skills (e.g., writing).
Don’t forget about yourself.
It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when busy. But by incorporating time management and some self-care into your day, you’ll be able to recharge and learn when you need a break from your business.
Self-care can also help prevent burnout, which can cause stress in relationships with friends, family members, employees—and even clients or customers!
Incorporating self-care into your daily routine may seem intimidating initially because there aren’t any rules about what constitutes “self-care.”
But everyone can fit some simple things into their schedule, such as taking a walk outside or meditating for 10 minutes each morning before getting out of bed (make sure those tasks get done first, so they don’t get pushed back).
On the whole
With just a few small changes to your routine, you can ensure that you’re taking care of yourself while still keeping up with the demands of your business.
It’s important to remember that the best way to get things done is by giving yourself plenty of breaks and not overworking yourself.