As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of running a business and lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why it’s essential to take time for yourself to recharge and refocus. For me, that day is Friday.
What does “my day” mean?
On Fridays, I don’t work in the business. Instead, I focus on myself and take the time to recharge, review, reflect, and redefine what I do and what is important. It’s a chance to step back and look at the big picture, evaluate my progress, and make plans for the future.
Using the time effectively.
I make the most of my Fridays by spending time in nature, walking and taking photographs. Being outdoors and exercising helps me clear my head and reduce stress. It’s incredible how much more focused I feel after spending some time in nature. I can bring that energy and flow to my work and deliver more, more quickly because I have taken that time.
I also practice reflectiveness and do more mindful activities on Fridays. Mindfulness can take many forms, from meditation, even just taking a few deep breaths, to spending time alone reflecting on the week and life. I find that this helps me stay centred and focused on my purpose.
Is it important?
As small business owners, we pour so much of ourselves into our work. It’s easy to neglect our own needs and well-being in the process. But the truth is, taking care of yourself is essential to taking care of your business. I believe this strongly and devoted a significant chapter of my book “Intentional Mastery” to it.
By taking time for myself on Fridays, I’m able to return to work on Monday feeling refreshed and motivated. I’ve found that I’m more productive and efficient during the week because I’ve had the chance to step back and evaluate my progress. It’s also helped me maintain a work-life balance, which is essential for my overall well-being.
Can you afford the time?
Now, I know what you might be thinking. “I don’t have time for a whole day off every week!” But here’s the thing: taking time for yourself doesn’t have to mean taking a whole day off. It can be as simple as dedicating a few hours to your favorite hobby or taking a long walk during your lunch break. Although I aim to take every Friday off, there are always some Fridays when I choose to work or where it is needed. Perhaps I’ll find another day that week, perhaps not; that is just a choice.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands of running a small business, I encourage you to make one day a week, perhaps Friday, your day. Find what works for you: spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, or indulging in your favourite hobby. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it can make. Remember, taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your business.
Will you give it a try? Make one day a week your day and see what a difference it can make in your life and business.