We (leaders of small firms) tend to forget to rejuvenate and renew, especially in the early years. I’m not talking about taking a vacation or taking time off per se, this is more about awareness and taking notice.
I’ve listed some activities that I’ve engaged in over the years, that has helped me consistently rejuvenate and renew:
Learn how to relax (your way).
I’ve never been one to sit still, meditate, or do yoga to relax (I do these for other purposes). I relax by doing active things I enjoy, traveling, bowling, and playing sports, these are the kind of activities that “relax” me. Find things that allow you to relax, it may not be something that keeps you still, it may be something that gets your adrenaline going!
Decide on your office hours and business interaction hours and stick to them. I have set specific office hours that I’m available, but I’ve also set aside time to actually work on my business and I’m sticking to it. Continue to update and adjust throughout the life of your business.
Learn how to state what you want, and what you don’t want.
How? Be assertive; being assertive means standing your ground without offending the other party. If you feel guilty about saying no, that’s on you not the other person.
Take responsibility and accept it.
Take responsibility for where you are today and where you’re going and accept it. No need to continue blaming others or things for where you are and where you’re going. If you continue to blame you’ll never take action.
Choose your lifestyle strategically.
Just as I teach my clients to approach their businesses strategically, you can use the same techniques to approach how you live. It’s about choice and not following the herd. I’m talking about things like your health, family time, your time, husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend time, vacations, hobbies, your home, fun things, your friends, etc.. How are you living your life? No matter how, it’s your choice.
Re-focus to stay focused.
Take the time to reevaluate everything and I mean everything. From the way you manage your career to the way you manage your household. Make sure you’re doing the right things right.
You have choices – own them.
How are you going to rejuvenate and renew on a consistent basis?