When I was pregnant, I woke up late to take my oldest girl to school. I got back home and decided to skip coffee and breakfast to go back to bed.
I looked at my calendar. Cool, 3 hours until the networking event. My husband’s alarm would go off in 30 minutes. I just needed to knock this edge off for the day. That was 8 am.
I rolled over realizing I should wake up, whatever time it is now. The clock told me what I didn’t want to see.
How could it be 11:45 am? Did I sleep through his alarm? Probably.
Why didn’t he wake me up? I’m pregnant. I’m scary when I don’t get enough sleep. Oh, and it’s not his job.
Crap, how long until I need to pick my daughter up from school? An hour and a half.
So my entire workday was now restricted to the confines of the remaining 1.5 hours plus any makeup time I found throughout the day.
Your tasks will take however long you schedule for it.
Meaning, if you give yourself an hour to do something, you’ll use that whole hour. If you give yourself a half-hour instead, somehow, that same task is done in that half-hour.
I originally planned for 5 hours of work:
- 1/2-hour administrative,
- 1-hour writing emails,
- 1/2-hour being of service online,
- 1-hour updating my website copy, and
- 2-hours networking in-person.
Well, that wasn’t happening. Wednesdays were already short days at school. I scaled back to:
- 1/2-hour self care,
- 1/2-hour set-up for afternoon appointments,
- 1/2-hour being of service online during daughter’s extracurricular class, and
- 1-hour writing emails to clients and subscribers after bedtime.
Why did I add self care?
I may have slept my entire workday away. I mean, My body needs extra TLC as I neared the 3rd trimester.
Sometimes, the best and most productive thing you can do for your business is to just stop.
Self care for this mom looks like a long hot shower with empowering female singers, legs shaved, hair deep-conditioned, and nails painted. It means sitting down with a notebook and pen to write about my feelings and thoughts.
Some nights I prefer to read a good book while wrapped up in a fluffy blanket and a cold bottle of water within reach. And naps.
I love naps!
Treat yourself to some self care, whatever that looks like for you.
Stop and care for yourself today.
When was the last time you shaved your legs? Painted your toes? Took a long hot bath? Went for a run? Wrote your thoughts in a journal?
When did you do something for yourself simply because you wanted to?
I challenge you today, right now, to stop. Do something for yourself because you want to. What’s the most selfish desire you have? Now take care of yourself.
Your business, your people, and your life will still be there when you come back, I promise.