It seems like an obvious contradiction. You don’t have enough time in the day to get everything you need done in your business. Won’t stepping away from work be counterproductive?
The reality is that those stuck in the trenches need self-care as much as, if not more than, those running successful businesses. It isn’t only first-time business owners failing to put their needs first. “Me time” seems like a wonderful abstract idea that is simply not realistic. As Louis E. Boone, co-author of Contemporary Marketing and Contemporary Business, said:
“I am definitely going to take a course on time management…just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.”
This works to your detriment. You cannot wait until you are a millionaire to take care of your needs; success means nothing without your health and the support of loved ones. There is no time like the present to make simple changes to improve your health and grow your business. A number of thought leaders and business owners value setting aside valuable personal time. Understand why you should make prioritizing your needs one of your 2017 New Year’s resolutions.
Create a moment of sanctuary for your tired mind. 30 minutes to take a walk, close your eyes or engage in a hobby helps reset your mind and reduce stress levels. Benefits of stress-relieving “me time” include a boost in productivity, motivation and heightened problem-solving abilities.
Did you know that some people come up with their best ideas when swimming or even showering? Research supports the idea that individuals have “aha!” moments when they engage in monotonous and relaxing activities. Stepping away from the desk can allow your creative mind to peak through and reduce stress levels enough to gain a new perspective on a situation. A short break to bring the body into a more balanced state may provide the solution to a challenge that you have been struggling with. 30 minutes a day can allow your mind to find ways to improve your business without your conscious input. Bryant McGill, a human potential thought leader, author and social entrepreneur, shared:
“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.”
The effects of long-term stress and keeping the body in a constant “fight or flight” state are well-known and can trigger serious health consequences including sleep dysfunction, heart disease and more. Walking, meditating, listening to relaxing music and laughing are all easy ways to reduce your stress levels and improve your mental, physical and emotional well-being. Alan Cohen, inspirational author and New York Times contributor, said:
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
When we are stressed, we often become less patient with others. Allocating time for yourself allows you to calm down and more effectively manage employees and handle personal relationships with a gentler touch. When stressed, one can escalate a situation unnecessarily with harsh words or even tone of voice. A healthy and calm mental state allows you to be more receptive to the ideas of others and take the time to listen before acting from the reactive mind. A calm and balanced mind can help you cultivate and maintain important relationships and reduce the potential for conflict. If you want to have better personal and business relationships, the place to begin is with yourself. As Peter Turla, president of The National Management Institute and time-management expert, said:
“If you want to have a high quality personal life, plan a high quality personal life.”
A successful business and a satisfying personal life can be attained with careful planning. Not giving your body the time is needs to operate efficiently will impact all aspects of your life. What is the good of all of your hard work if you run yourself down, destroy your health and fail to maintain important relationships?
Your business will transform you but you want to hold the reigns of what you become. Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, said:
“The most important question to ask on the job is not ‘What am I getting?’ The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?”
Worry and fatigue can wear on the healthiest of people and the strongest of relationships. Your resolution in 2017 should be to use your time to enhance your well-being and support your efforts to achieve business and personal goals in 2017 and beyond.
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