It can be a dawnting task being heavily involved in your business, but it can also feel overwhelming to wear several hats at the same time. More and more it is becoming popular to have a “Me Day” or, if you are a fan of Parks and Rec, “Treat Yo’ Self” day. Why is this becomng a trend?
It not only allows you to think more clearly and make better decisions but it also builds your self-esteem over time, as you come to realize that you are important and deserve to have a little time to yourself. If you go all in and enjoy your me time, then you also find satisfaction in completing work tasks like having that phone conversation, finishing that project, or writing that email. Other benefits include the ability to sleep better, less fatigue, depression and anxiety, greater resistance to sickness, and less tension.
Following that logic, sleep in, go to the gym, catch up on a season of that show you like, discover a relaxing hobby, read a book. While you’re away from work make sure those working with you are still doing their jobs by clearly communication before hand the tasks that they need to work on.
How do you know when it’s time to treat yourself?
Do you feel yourself hitting a wall? Are you putting more effort than usual to get projects completed? Taking this “me” time can be as simple as sitting on the deck, reading a book, and watching the sun come up with a hot cup of coffee, or it can be as detailed as engaging in a beloved hobby for a half hour or more. Unless you consider texting or talking on the phone a relaxing activity, keep all devices turned off.
If you take your “me” time at home, be sure that those around you are aware that you will be off limits – except in an emergency, of course. It might be best to define ‘emergency’ or you may be interrupted by perceived emergencies that could have easily waited until after your rest period.
If you are practicing this on a regular basis rather than making this a weekly thing, then it helps to set aside a certain amount of time you will dedicate to working and relaxing so one doesn’t affect the other.
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Isabel Donadio is the Founder and COO of Talent Support Services, the majority owner of Speaker House Publishing, the best selling author of Finishing is Happiness: 7 Ways Big Idea Entrepreneurs Can Become Big Business Finishers, the winner of the 2019 TWC Most Outstanding Rising Star Award and Editor-In-Chief of Top Talent Magazine. Deserving of any “Top 30 Under 30” list Isabel specializes in supporting and promoting expert authors and speakers all over the world.