Being an entrepreneur or solo-preneur is a great balancing act. There’s family, friends, production work, creative work, creative play, and then the icky, boring business schtuff.
How do we fit it all in a day’s work without exhaustion, overwhelm, and unhappiness?
Our continuous overload of “must-do’s” can be overwhelming which initiates that good ole fight or flight reaction in our lizard brains. Yep, right into reaction mode versus creation mode, which often results in procrastination. Funny that that particular words starts with “pro”. I’m not “for” it by any means!
The more pressure we feel, the more easily we default to this mode which then becomes habit. Stress is in fact the absence of faith in ourselves. So it’s essential to have tools to help us keep the faith in our ability to get it all done.
Yep, we all know this stuff, but what can we do to implement the tools to become masters of self. We can’t manage time. Unless you can heard flies, forget about managing time. What we need to do is “manage self”.
Here are 3 essential tools you’ll need to implement to help balance life:
Evaluate & determine your circadian rhythm
There are 2-3 hours that are our most productive time. Time when we feel the most energetic. When is that for you?
Do you schedule your most important genius work during these hours? If not, it’s time to reevaluate your schedule. Really think hard and determine when you’ll include self-care, creative genius work, play, and business/marketing time.
Schedule your day the night before – batch your day
Now that you’ve figured out your most productive time, do a shortened version of the Sunday Summit every night.
Your subconscious then has time to work on any troubles or ideas you might have. How great is that! Wake up with a sense of clarity and purpose, with a rudder on your ship!
When you schedule your time, remember that we work best in 40-50 minute bursts. Try setting your timer at the beginning of the hour and then use the 10-20 minutes for breaks (dance, return calls, be social on facebook, drink water, etc).
Not only is it a good idea to remove distractions it’s a good idea to have sacred space in which to do different tasks.
Turn off your email, facebook, chat, etc. It’s only 40-50 minutes. You can do without it and then reward yourself later.
Athletes, writers and lots of others, implement triggers to signal their brain, “hey, it’s time to do your genius work”! Baseball players will adjust the velcro on their glove, tap their shoes, etc. Others might put on certain music, light a candle, etc.
Involve all the senses when creating habit and successful work/creative environments.
Take some time to implement these 3 easy ways to calibrate your compass so it’s always heading north as you balance your life. If you enjoyed these tips, get your complimentary tool the A.C.E.: 5 Keys to Aligning Your Artistic Compass for increased clarity on your direction and voice.